Homemade pumpkin spice syrup is made with real pumpkin, brown sugar and lots pumpkin spice for a syrup that’s perfect in fall coffees, cocktails and more!
Pumpkin syrup is the perfect way to sweeten a variety of things this fall like coffee, cocktails and dessert. Made with just a few simple ingredients including light brown sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, vanilla extract, salt and water, it’s easy to make and tastes like fall!
Being just a few days away from September, my mind is preoccupied with all things pumpkin, including making the perfect pumpkin coffee drink at home!
In an attempt to make a pumpkin copycat recipe of the Starbucks ice brown sugar shaken espresso drink, I whipped up this pumpkin spice syrup that’s perfect in coffee but would also work in a pumpkin cocktail too.
Most traditional coffee house pumpkin drinks are made with multiple types of syrups and sugars Not to mention some aren’t even made with real pumpkin — the nerve!) and while I think they’re fun to get once in a while, I prefer a lower in sugar, simpler option which is why making pumpkin spice syrup at home is perfect.
With this pumpkin spice syrup that’s super easy to make at home, you can control how much sugar you’re adding to your coffee and other drinks you use it in. Plus, you can store it in the fridge for 2-3 weeks and use it as needed.
If you’re like me and always have a can (or five) of pumpkin puree in your pantry, then I’m betting you already have all of the ingredients you need to make this syrup that’s spiced just right with the taste of fall we all know and love!
Ingredients for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Just like in all of my pumpkin recipes, I recommend using Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin (pumpkin puree), not pumpkin pie mix which is already mixed with added sugar.
LIGHT BROWN SUGAR
Light brown sugar is the sweetener in this recipe. I haven’t made it using coconut sugar however that could be another option if you’re looking to use a less processed sugar.
Get out your jar of pumpkin spice because that’s going to give this homemade syrup that amazing, warm cozy fall taste! If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, use cinnamon and a little bit of nutmeg.
A pinch of salt is really going to bring out the flavors and balance everything out!
Water is the liquid in this recipe to help make the syrup.
Equipment Need to Make This Pumpkin Recipe:
- small saucepan
- jar or containers with a lid to store the syrup in (I like these glass jars)
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan. Add the brown sugar, pumpkin puree, water, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and salt to the small saucepan.
- Bring to a small boil over medium heat before turning to low to simmer: Bring to a low boil on the stove while whisking and then turn to low heat and let simmer.
- Continue whisking until the syrup begins to thicken. Continue whisking as the syrup thickens. About 5-7 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add to a covered glass container to cool. Remove from heat and let cool before transferring to a container with a lid.
- Store in the fridge and enjoy! Store covered in the fridge between uses!
Ways to Use Pumpkin Spice Syrup
This pumpkin syrup is great to make and have on hand to use in a variety of ways this pumpkin season. Here are a few of my recipes that it would be perfect in.
- Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew (stir the syrup into the milk (or use a frother) and pour the coffee on top)
- Pumpkin Espresso Martini (add this syrup to the cocktail shaker with coffee and ice)
- Pumpkin Oat Milk Latte
If you make this and find any other uses, I’d love to know!
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 (heaping) cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp. pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan.
- Bring to a low boil over medium heat while whisking and then reduce to low heat.
- Let simmer while continuing to whisk until the syrup begins to thicken. This should be about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Once thickened remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to a container with a lid and store in the fridge. Enjoy!
More Recipes You’re Sure to Fall in Love With
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread (GF & DF)
- Pumpkin S’mores Cookies (GF & DF)
- Pumpkin Chickpea Blondies (GF & DF)
- Frozen Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (GF & DF)
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