How To: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It's that time of the year, where Starbucks brings back the pumpkin spice latte! I always really enjoyed a cup of steaming hot pumpkin spice latte on my way home to keep warm and because I have a massive sweet tooth. Recently however I read an article about Starbuck's hot beverages and the kinds of ingredients they put in there (without disclosing them!) which - to say the least - put me off their flavoured coffees a bit. Basically it shouldn't even be news to me that a sweet coffee from Starbucks isn't the healthiest option out there but only now did I really think about it. However the craving for pumpkin spice latte was real, so I had to do something about it! And that's why - with some googling and testing things out - I found myself a recipe that's super quick and easy and at least as delicious as the one from Starbucks (with the benefit of knowing all the ingredients in my drink!)

For your pumpkin spice syrup you'll need:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tbsp allspice
1/2 tbsp ground ginger
1/2 tbsp ground cloves
3 tbsp pumpkin puree

Pour your water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil. Stir ever so often so that your sugar dissolves and doesn't burn to the bottom of your pot. When boiling add your pumpkin puree (now I heard you can buy this readymade but I just used about a quarter of a small Hokaido pumpkin, steamed it and then pureed it, it's easy to do and doesn't take long either) Stir your syrup til there are no more pumpkin lumps then add all your spices. By this time your entire house should be smelling a lot like Christmas! ;-) Stir all the spices in til it's an even texture and then bring the whole thing to a boil again. After that leave your syrup to cool down before bottling it. Your syrup should be good like this for 3 -4 weeks.

Now you can add your pumpkin spice syrup to any kind of hot beverage you like. Add it to a black tea, have it in milk or mix it with coffee it's totally up to you! 

When I first made it, I made myself a shot of strong coffee, poured soy milk on top and added the syrup as a way to sweeten it. To make it look extra nice you can put some frothy milk on top and garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon or cocoa powder. Now there's only one thing left to do: ENJOY!

I hope you liked this post and are getting in the kitchen recreating this delicious little recipe. It's so much healthier than the one you'll get at Starbucks plus it's way cheaper as well! Leave me a comment or tweet me a picture if you decide to make your own pumpkin spice latte as well! I'm on Twitter @jessretrospect

Jess x

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6 Kommentare

  1. This is genius! Love that you put actual pumpkin in your syrup. Starbucks definitely doesnt do that! Haha. Great post <3

    1. True! There's no pumpkin in the Starbucks version but I just couldn't accept that haha :) Thank you Robyn! xx

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    1. Thank you! Can't recommend trying this highly enough :) xx

  3. heya lovely! I have nominated you for the liebster blog award! The post is on my blog; let me know in a comment if you do it! :)

    Tanith xx

    1. Thanks so much! I have done the Liebster Award before but thanks for the nomination, I will definitely check it out and maybe answer some of the questions in a special post :) xx