Looking for an easy way to infuse Fall flavors into your beverages? This Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup is the perfect addition to celebrate your favorite season!
With a punchy 5-spice blend and sugar dissolved into water, this versatile recipe will give you all the Fall vibes in just 10 minutes. And because it lasts in the fridge for up to a month, you’ll be hardpressed not to put it in just about everything you drink!
As an environmental scientist, I am always trying to find ways to make my own syrups and spice blends. Food preservatives, like pesticides, are harmful to the environment. They contain toxins that are harmful to plants, animals, and soil.
Homemade syrups and spice blends with all-natural ingredients allow you to avoid preservatives and lower your ecological footprint.
Plus, you don’t have to buy any extra pesky plastic containers!
Green tip: Despite recycling efforts, the sad truth is that only about 9% of plastics are recycled, leaving the rest to become microplastics.
Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup Tips and Tricks
Gather Your Ingredients First
This recipe will teach you how to make your own pumpkin pie spice from scratch, but you can also opt to use store-bought pumpkin spice with very similar results. It’s up to you!
Outside of the pumpkin pie spice, you’ll just need two simple pantry ingredients.
Here’s everything you’ll need:
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice
You can easily buy pumpkin pie spice in the spice aisle at the store, or if you have all 5 ingredients on hand, you can just as easily make it from scratch!
You’ll need cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, all-spice, and cloves. Just be sure to use ground spices so they mix together seamlessly. Add all your spices to a small dish, stir, and voila! You’ve got pumpkin pie spice!
Dissolve the Sugar and Spices
To make a successful simple syrup, all you have to do is dissolve your sugar and spices into water. You are essentially bottling your sugar and spices into liquid form, so they can be added to other liquids and blend with your coffee, cocktail, or tea harmoniously.
The best way is just to add your water, sugar, and spices to a small pot or saucepan and bring it to a boil. Then, bring your heat all the way down and let it simmer, stirring occasionally until completely dissolved.
Once you bring your simple syrup down to a simmer, the process should only take about 5 minutes.
The best tool to use to help the sugar and pumpkin pie spice dissolve quickly and successfully into the water is a whisk!
Whisk once when you first add your ingredients to the pot. Then whisk every minute or so once you bring your syrup down to a simmer.
Whisking throughout the process will also make sure the sugar and spices don’t sink to the bottom of the pot and burn.
Storing Your Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup
Once your simple syrup is ready, transfer it to a heat-safe jar with a lid, and allow it to come down to room temperature naturally.
Once it’s room temperature, you can place your jar of simple syrup in the refrigerator. Sealed, this pumpkin spice simple syrup will stay good for up to a month.
Shake before using it in your coffee, tea, or cocktail.
What To Use Your Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup For
This stuff is liquid gold! It can make any beverage into a festive fall treat with just a drop!
I use it in cocktails like this Pumpkin Spice Mule and Pumpkin Spice Margarita. It’s also the easiest way to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
You can also add it to this Iced White Chocolate Mocha to add some extra Fall flare, or stir it into your cold brew, hot coffee, or tea!
Why You Should Make This Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup
- It’s a Fall favorite. Such a classic combination of spices to honor your favorite time of year!
- It’s good in EVERYTHING. Coffee, tea, cocktails—you name it!
- It’s easy! Just heat and stir.