You know it’s fall when you see all the pumpkin recipes and I’m not going to disappoint you. I love anything with pumpkin. Reminds me of the movie, Forest Gump, when Bubba started naming off all the ways you can cook shrimp. You know, there is pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin roll, pumpkin granola, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin syrup, pumpkin butter, pumpkin smoothie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes..well you get the picture! Today’s recipe is one of my favorites because I’m a big coffee drinker and who wants to wait until Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts comes out with their Pumpkin Spice Coffee when you can make your own version.
You will need:
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree (not the pie filling)
I double the amounts when I make mine because I use it so much!
Combine water and sugar in a medium pot over medium-high heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has completely dissolved. Add the cinnamon sticks, then whisk in remaining ingredients. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, but do not let the mixture come to a boil (reduce heat if necessary). Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
Strain syrup through cheesecloth into an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator.
To make the pumpkin spice latte, simply add about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of syrup for each 8 oz of coffee. Add your milk or creamer, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. If you want to make a real latte, use a shot of espresso instead of the coffee and add 5 oz. of steamed milk!
I found a free label and used picmonkey to add the words, used some twine and tied a round paper key ring that I distressed using brown distressing ink, wrote the word enjoy on one side and 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons on the other so if you give it as a gift the person knows how much to use.
I use Avery shipping labels so I can just peel and stick onto the bottle. I am including a PDF for my labels if you want to print them off. It will have two versions, the first one is one I used last year. If you don’t have the Avery labels, you can print the label off on plain paper, cut it out and glue on. Then take clear packing tape and cover the label. This will make it somewhat water proof so you can at least wipe the bottle. Not recommended to immerse the bottle in water.
Printable Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Syrup
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PUMPKIN SPICE SYRUP LABELS
Enjoy your own pumpkin spice coffee!