Monday, November 10, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

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)
12 cloves
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

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