Pumpkin Spice Syrup.

Like I’ve said before (and I know I sound like a broken record, but whatever), two of my fave things about Fall are boots and Pumpkin Spice Latte’s. I haven’t actually taken my boots out of hibernation yet, but now that it’s October (what?!), it’s probably time. I do, however, seem to be spending my entire salary on Pumpkin Spice Latte’s. I try to resist, but they are just so damn good addicting. My car just drives itself right to Starbucks. Weird.

But now I need to think about trading my PSL fund for a Christmas fund …only 84 days left! So this is an economical recipe decision. And it’s been a while since I’ve baked, so I’m easing myself back into it with this very simple, very delicious, very versatile recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup and Pumpkin Spice Latte Starbucks recipe

There are a lot of pumpkin spice syrup recipes in the blogosphere. Mine’s not that much different, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth sharing! The syrup is incredibly easy to make, and you probably already have most of the ingredients. Plus, it can be used on anything. I’m using it to make a latte, but I imagine it would be amazing on pancakes or oatmeal. Or in ice cream or yogurt. Or in a martini. Or straight out of the jar (with some whipped cream, of course). So, yeah, pretty much anything.

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By the way, I used a Nespresso Pixie to make my latte. Seriously, best invention ever. Totally worth the investment if you’re a lazy espresso lover like me. I’m all about convenience. I also own the  Nespresso Aeroccino milk frother. Also amazing. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can just make strong coffee and steam milk on the stove or in the microwave. It won’t be as frothy, but you’ll still get your pumpkin fix, and that’s all that really matters, right?


1½ cups water
1½ cups sugar
4 tbsp pumpkin puree
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp vanilla
Whipped cream (not optional, and you never use too much)
Pumpkin Pie Spice (to sprinkle on top)

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Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and stir over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add spices and pumpkin puree and simmer over medium heat for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Do not boil. Remove from the heat and cool for 10-15 minutes. Strain the syrup through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. The syrup will thicken in the refrigerator and will last up to a month.

For the latte, add the syrup to the mug while brewing the espresso, to aid the mixing process. Then top with steamed milk, whipped cream (however much your heart desires) and pumpkin pie spice! I used 2 tablespoons of syrup per shot of espresso, but you can adjust to your taste. (I added like four this morning…)

P.S. I also made labels for my jars. (I mean, I was/am a packaging designer, so why not?) There are three different sizes and you can download the file if you want to print your own! Just click here or on the banner below.

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Recipe adapted from Copycat Recipe Guide.

10 responses to Pumpkin Spice Syrup.

  • Lauren

    posted on 10.1.12 at 2:28 pm


    Too cute! Put me down for an order of syrup! It can be next year if you don’t feel like making it again 😉

    • Ashley

      posted on 10.1.12 at 2:31 pm


      As it would happen, I have two extra jars! I’ll bring you one :)

  • thestripedelephant

    posted on 10.1.12 at 4:13 pm


    Love this post! Boots and pumpkin spice lattes are most definitely my favorite part of fall as well, and this looks like a great recipe. I’ve never considered making my own pumpkin spice lattes, but I’m sure it would save me tons of money. Haha.

    • Ashley

      posted on 10.1.12 at 6:48 pm


      You should try it Lanya! It’s so easy and will definitely save money!

  • Jake Rutter

    posted on 10.1.12 at 5:41 pm


    This is an awesome post, I saw the whole thing in the making and I just have to say I have an incredibly talented wife! Pretty amazing!

    • Ashley

      posted on 10.1.12 at 6:47 pm


      Aww thanks Jake! While the recipe was easy, the post was not! Thanks for the nice comment!

  • Gloria Plumly

    posted on 10.1.12 at 7:38 pm


    Great post. I also would love a jar of the Pumpkin Spice Syrup to put over vanilla ice cream with whipped cream!

  • Abbie

    posted on 10.1.12 at 11:42 pm


    I am SO making this tonight. Perhaps, it will help me keep the SBux habit awaytoo — I always seem to relapse as soon as those pumpkin-y aromas start wafting around this time of year!

    • Ashley

      posted on 10.2.12 at 10:09 am


      I hear ya, Abbie! Let me know if you make it and how it turns out!

  • Leslie

    posted on 10.7.13 at 12:41 pm


    great stuff, Ash! WIsh I had the time, space, and aptitude for following recipes/directions to do this 😀

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