Pumpkin spice lattes. They’re always a treat to get at Starbucks or other coffee shops in the fall, but the cost adds up. We decided that this was another let’s-try-this-at-home treat to try recreating in the kitchen.
The key to the flavor of pumpkin spice lattes is the syrup, and pumpkin spice syrup is quite easy to make. Just make simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar (I used 1 cup each) simmered on the stovetop, stirring often, until sugar is dissolved). Add in pumpkin pie spices (I used 2 T ground cinnamon and 1/2 t. each ground cloves, ginger, and nutmeg) and simmer for five minutes. Strain the spices and grit out of the liquid by pouring it through a few layers of cheesecloth, then add a tablespoon of pure vanilla extract.
Store the cooled syrup in a glass bottle or jar, away from direct sunlight, or in the fridge.
To make a latte, combine 2 shots of espresso with about 2 T spice syrup, then add steamed milk. For extra decadence, top with whipped cream, sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on top, and pop in a cinnamon stick.