I saw a few recipes for a syrup like this and thought I had to give it a go because the BF is such a big fan of pumpkin and pumpkin spice drinks, but neither of us can have much caffeine- this way we can make our own decaf (and super cheap!) Pumpkin Spice Lattes, or mix with soda for a cold drink. Experiment! Let's go!
|Your arsenal- sugar, spices, and water (not pictured, ha)|
|Use a not-non-stick pot! Very important!! Dissolve your sugar in the water over medium heat.|
|Here are all of your spices- cinnamon sticks, ground ginger and cloves, and fresh ground nutmeg.|
|Add all of your spices into your sugar water mixture, and cook/steep 5 minutes, but do not let boil.|
|And here it is after 5 minutes- you can see how things have clarified a little and absorbed into the syrup.|
|I have a super-fine strainer, so I used that to strain my syrup, but you can use whatever is easiest for you- cheesecloth, etc.- you're just trying to get most of the sediment out.|
|And you're left with a little over 2 cups of syrup!|
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
-1 1/2 cups water
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-4-5 cinnamon sticks
-1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
-1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
Dissolve sugar in water over medium heat in a not non-stick pot.
Add remaining ingredients. Heat/steep 5 minutes, keeping hot but do not let boil.
Cool for about 10 minutes.
Strain through whatever method is easiest for you- really fine strainer, cheesecloth, etc.
Store airtight in the refrigerator.
Use to make pumpkin spice lattes, sodas, or whatever strikes your fancy!
|And this isn't a very glamorous presentation, but for 10 minutes work and a few ingredients I have a bottle of my very own pumpkin spice syrup- the BF gives it two thumbs up!|