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This easy homemade pumpkin spice syrup recipe is a must-have for fall. Made with real pumpkin puree and warm spices, it’s way better than store-bought!
You’ll wish you’d known this super easy recipe for pumpkin spice syrup sooner! With just a few tablespoons of this pure pumpkin spice bliss, you can make yourself the most amazing pumpkin spice latte. 😋
Can you imagine how much you can save in the long run? No need to go for a Starbucks run to satisfy your cravings for PSL this fall!
It’s also way better than store-bought syrup since this homemade pumpkin spice syrup recipe is made with actual pumpkin puree and just a few warm spices.
It’s not full of preservatives, and I’ve even included a substitute below for those who don’t want to use granulated sugar.
What Is Pumpkin Spice Syrup?
Pumpkin spice syrup might be what your pantry needs to spice up your life this autumn season. In fact, I think everyone should have PS syrup ready once the leaves outside start to change color. 🍂
But don’t settle for store-bought pumpkin spice syrup! Consider this your go-to recipe for your homemade syrup.
Add this syrup to your latte, and you’ll immediately understand why PSL (pumpkin spice latte) has such a massive fandom.
You see, pumpkin spice syrup is simply a liquid sweetener that features the flavors of warm spices and, of course, pumpkin. People especially love this syrup on their coffee drinks as it essentially tastes like fall.
In fact, the seasonal Starbucks pumpkin spice latte is so popular that I actually heard people calling autumn the “pumpkin spice latte season.”
But more than stirring it into your hot chocolate or coffee, this homemade pumpkin spice syrup can replace pretty much any sweetener. Use it on breakfast items like pancakes and oatmeal or desserts like ice cream and pies! 😋
Why You’ll Love This Recipe For Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- Wallet-Friendly: Can’t get enough of Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, but your wallet can’t keep up? This recipe for pumpkin spice syrup saves the day! With just some simple ingredients, you’ll get 8 ounces of syrup, which means you can enjoy multiple cups of homemade pumpkin spice lattes at a fraction of the cost! ☕
- No Additives: This easy pumpkin spice syrup recipe is free from artificial ingredients and preservatives. You can even opt for a sugar substitute to make it lower in calories.
- Does Not Taste Artificial: One of the best things about homemade syrups is they don’t taste artificial! This recipe uses an actual pumpkin puree and whole warm spices, so every drop is like a concentrated essence of fall.
What Does This Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup Taste Like?
This homemade pumpkin spice syrup will make you realize the store-bought one has a somewhat artificial aftertaste.
When you use this in your latte, you’ll also appreciate its sweet and slightly nutty pumpkin flavor compared to some coffee shop PSLs that, to be honest, just taste like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Excuse me, where’s the pumpkin flavor???
The beauty of making your own syrup is you can also adjust everything to your taste!
Don’t like ginger? Don’t use it!
Want a stronger cinnamon flavor on your syrup? Use more!
You can make your own pumpkin puree or use canned puree for this pumpkin spice syrup recipe. Just make sure you’ve grabbed pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling because it has other ingredients that will give your syrup a different flavor.
What Is in Pumpkin Spice Syrup?
- Granulated sugar – Always stir your pumpkin spice syrup occasionally to make sure the sugar dissolves completely.
- Water – To get the perfect syrup consistency.
- Cinnamon sticks – We’ll use both cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon for this fall must-have syrup.
- Cloves – Cloves tend to have a strong, somewhat spicy flavor, so you can always go easy on these spices to adjust your homemade pumpkin spice syrup to your taste.
- Allspice – I know it seems like we’re using too many spices on this recipe for homemade pumpkin spice, but trust the process!
- Ground cinnamon – Cinnamon and pumpkin are like a power couple for the crisp autumn season.
- Ground nutmeg – Nutty, earthy, and comforting, nutmeg will always be perfect for drinks and desserts!
- Ground ginger – Feel free to omit this if you’re not a fan. 😅
- Pumpkin puree – Because this pumpkin spice syrup recipe uses real pumpkin puree, don’t be surprised to see pumpkin settling at the bottom of the jar after storage.
- Vanilla extract – To make the overall flavor of our homemade pumpkin spice syrup taste more well-rounded.
Tools Needed To Prepare This Pumpkin Spice Syrup Recipe
- Small saucepan for cooking the syrup
- Spatula for stirring the syrup
- Sieve for straining your pumpkin spice syrup
- Airtight jar for storing your homemade syrup
Ingredient Additions & Substitutions For Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup
You can make this delicious pumpkin syrup sugar-free! Just substitute sugar with erythritol.
Pumpkin pie spice
I used individual spices, so it’ll be easier to adjust the ratios to taste. But if you don’t want to buy multiple spices, just use pumpkin pie spice!
After all, it’s already a blend of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
Did you know you can make this simple pumpkin spice syrup richer and creamier? You can add condensed milk at the same time as the pumpkin puree.
This addition is absolutely delicious, especially if you use the homemade syrup on lattes. 🤤
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 cinnamon sticks, whole
- 7 cloves, whole
- 7 allspice, whole
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tbsp unsweetened pumpkin puree, canned or homemade
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
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STEP 1: Gather the ingredients for your homemade pumpkin spice syrup. Make sure your jar is clean and dry.
STEP 2: Add everything in a small saucepan and place over medium heat.
STEP 3: Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
STEP 4: Reduce the heat to low, then simmer the syrup for 10 minutes, still stirring occasionally.
STEP 5: Remove your pumpkin spice syrup from the heat. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
STEP 6: Strain the syrup through a sieve into the jar. Seal and store in the fridge.
What To Serve With Pumpkin Spice Syrup
To make the most amazing pumpkin spice latte with this homemade pumpkin spice syrup, just microwave it with milk, blend until frothy, then top it off with your favorite strong coffee.
And for that cafe-worthy, Instagram-ready cup, dress your homemade latte up with some whipped cream, maybe some caramel sauce, and ground cinnamon. 😋
I know fall is not just about pumpkins and warm spices. So, if you’re also an apple lover, you might enjoy this syrup with our caramel apple pancakes.
And instead of a latte, why not make our copycat Starbucks apple crisp frappuccino with a drizzle of this syrup? These apple-pumpkin pairings might be what you need to get out of bed on a lazy autumn morning.
Tips About Making This Recipe For Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- Do not simmer your syrup for too long, as it can get too thick.
- Did your pumpkin spice syrup cooled into a very thin consistency? You can reduce the water or let the sugar, water, and spices thicken before you stir in the pumpkin puree. Then, remove the syrup from the heat so the liquid from the puree won’t make it too watery.
- Don’t worry if you notice the pumpkin settling to the bottom of the jar after storing the syrup. Just give it a shake before using it.
How To Store Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- Fridge: You can store your jar of pumpkin spice syrup in the fridge anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months. Just remember to use an airtight container.
- Freezer: To store it longer, freeze this homemade syrup in an ice cube tray for 3 months. This is perfect for pumpkin spice milkshakes! 😋
How Long Does Pumpkin Spice Syrup Last?
When stored correctly, your homemade pumpkin spice syrup can last for weeks to months. However, I suggest using it within 3 to 4 weeks for the best quality.
It’s super easy to make anyway, and you’re not really limited to making the recipe in fall since it uses canned puree.
Imagine a drizzle of this luscious syrup over pumpkin pancakes whenever you’re in need of a comforting hug in the form of a pumpkin delight!
Does Pumpkin Spice Syrup Have Dairy?
This pumpkin spice syrup recipe does not use dairy.
However, the pumpkin spice sauce used in the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte contains dairy, so keep that in mind if you want to hop in the PSL craze.
FAQ About Pumpkin Spice Syrup
What pumpkin spice syrup is most like Starbucks?
While I’m biased with my homemade syrup, you can try Pumpkin Reàl’s pumpkin spice puree-infused syrup. Some people described it as having the closest flavor to Starbucks. 🤔
Can you buy pumpkin spice syrup from Starbucks?
Unfortunately, you can’t buy Starbucks pumpkin spice syrup. The good news is it’s pretty easy to make anyway, and I’m sure you’ll have fun playing barista at home with your very own pumpkin spice drinks.
Is Starbucks pumpkin spice a sauce or syrup?
Starbucks uses a pumpkin spice sauce. It’s made from sugar, condensed skim milk, pumpkin pure, fruit and veggie juice, natural flavors, annatto, salt, and potassium sorbate.
How much pumpkin spice syrup in a latte?
It all depends on how you like your pumpkin spice latte. Three tablespoons of pumpkin spice syrup should taste amazing for a basic latte recipe with an ounce of brewed coffee, a cup of milk, half a cup of whipped cream, and some spice on top for garnish.
Is pumpkin spice a syrup?
Nope. Pumpkin spice or pumpkin pie spice is a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Pumpkin spice syrup, on the other hand, is made with the same pumpkin spice mixture, pumpkin puree, and a basic syrup recipe of sugar and water.
- Gather the ingredients for your homemade pumpkin spice syrup. Make sure your jar is clean and dry.
- Add everything in a small saucepan and place over medium heat.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce the heat to low, then simmer the syrup for 10 minutes, still stirring occasionally.
- Remove your pumpkin spice syrup from the heat. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
- Strain the syrup through a sieve into the jar. Seal and store in the fridge.
- Is pumpkin spice syrup too thick? You might be simmering it for too long.
- If the syrup cooled into a very thin consistency, consider reducing the water or let the sugar, water, and spices thicken first before stirring in the pumpkin puree. Then, remove the mixture from the heat so the liquid from the puree won't make the syrup too watery.
- Shake your pumpkin spice syrup before using it! It's normal for the ingredients to settle to the bottom of the jar.
- This recipe was originally published on 09/2011 by Jaclyn. Notes and photos were updated on 10/2023.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for the most accurate results.
Give in to your pumpkin spice addiction with this easy homemade pumpkin spice syrup.
Just two or three tablespoons of this thick autumn bliss into your homemade latte, and you won’t need to visit Starbucks any time soon.
And best of all? You can make pumpkin chai lattes and pumpkin spice hot coffee drinks regardless of the season. After all, this recipe uses canned pumpkin puree! (Though a homemade pumpkin puree works too!)
If this pumpkin spice syrup got you dreaming about more pumpkin treats, I have some sweet and savory pumpkin recipes you’ll love for fall and beyond: