What’s for Dinner Wednesday :: Coffee Shop Pumpkin Spice Syrup

16 Nov

Don’t ya’ love the pumpkin coffees served during the holidays?

I like making my own pumpkin spice syrup because I am coffee freak, it’s easy and most ingredients I typically already own in my pantry.  And especially because…most store bought syrups are loaded with junk and chemicals.  Frankly it’s scary what they put in there.

So here’s how I make my own, perfect all natural pumpkin spice syrup.  By the way, maybe I’m calling it the wrong name?  Perhaps it should be referred to as a sauce, not a syrup, because it’s thick and gooey?  Well whatever it is, it is delicious and thick yet still dissolves effortlessly in my coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (sometimes I cheat and use 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add the spices and the pumpkin and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes.

 

Stir frequently. Do not boil.

 

The syrup can be strained through a cheesecloth but I never do.  The spices are very small and I enjoy them in my coffee.

Allow to cool, then refrigerate. Syrup can last a month in a tightly closed jar.

If you really love pumpkin, don’t stop there!  This sauce can be used for cheesecake and other desserts.  And pumpkin martini’s!!

(To make a pumpkin martini, combine 1 ounce of the pumpkin spice syrup, 2 ounces vanilla vodka, 1 ounce Sylk cream liqueur, and shake with ice until chilled. Strain and serve in a martini glass rimmed by dipping in more pumpkin spice syrup, and coated with cinnamon sugar.)

Don’t hold back — go pumpkin crazy this winter!!

xoxo,
Angie
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4 Responses to “What’s for Dinner Wednesday :: Coffee Shop Pumpkin Spice Syrup”

  1. Jennifer November 16, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    i LOVE the pumpkin drinks! you are one smart cookie for making your own!

  2. Becky November 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    That looks awesome! I want to make that martini! :)

  3. Andrea @ Vegvacious November 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    I LOVE that you made your own syrup because I could have pumpkin lattes every day through the Fall and Winter. And I totally love you for coming up with that martini recipe – I never would have thought to do that and I can’t wait to try it!!!

    • Angie & Carrie November 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      You will love it – It’s really good! If you are only making it for yourself, you might want to decrease the recipe in 1/2. It makes 2 1/2 cups of sauce which is quite a bit. A little goes a long way :)

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