It's that time of year again when everyone seems to be going nuts for those pumpkin spice lattes. I like them too, just not enough to spend $5 for one. Since I really do like to make my own versions of items like vanilla extract and spiced rum, I figured I might as well try my hand at making my own pumpkin spice flavored syrup. Here's what I came up with. I think it turned out really well.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup
2 cups water
1 cup stevia (this is the type that measures 1 to1 like granulated sugar)
4- 3 1/2' cinnamon sticks
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp freshly minced ginger (1/2 tsp ground)
1 vanilla bean, split
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
In a medium sauce pan add your stevia to the water. Bring just to a boil and reduce heat to low. Add all remaining ingredients and let simmer for 15 minutes. Allow the syrup to cool completely. Line a strainer with cheesecloth and strain the mixture. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Use 1-1 1/2 ounces for a 12 ounce cup of coffee.
You can make a regular simple syrup if you would rather use sugar. For this method it is 2 cups of water and 1-2 cups of sugar