It took two years, but FINALLY, I have a Pumpkin Spice Coffee recipe that is delicious and…, wait for it…, better (yes, BETTER!) than Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte! I don’t make this assertion casually. I had taste tests. With friends. Eleven taste testers. This Pumpkin Spice Coffee won over Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. The coffee was made with an easy, homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup. I found the recipe at Budding Baketress (after been tipped off by Foodgawker)! Thank you, thank you! I made no ingredient changes, I just refined the method.
Now about the taste tests. We tested a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, a Latte with Torani Pumpkin Spice syrup, a Latte with this Pumpkin Spice syrup, and coffee with this Pumpkin Spice syrup. The hands down winner? The COFFEE with this homemade syrup! The COFFEE! The Torani syrup Pumpkin Spice Latte was set aside immediately. Yuck. There is something in that syrup that was just NOT good. I poured the bottle down the drain. I wasn’t go to try it in anything else, and I wasn’t going to pass it on to anyone. I was hoping we would find something close to the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (because I love, love– correction–loved, Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, but after the taste test…the Starbucks version was set aside, TOO! BTW, have you ever looked at the Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte? Taken the top off, eaten the whipped cream and looked? There is some nasty orange slime floating on top of the latte which is not at all appetizing….but even if there were no slime, homemade Pumpkin Spice syrup would win anyway. YES, it’s true, bye-bye Starbucks!
Next in our taste testing, we tried this homemade syrup in a latte, and then in coffee. The coffee won! We liked the stronger coffee flavor to compliment the complex pumpkiny-spicy deliciousness. What a HUGE surprise!
Here is the recipe for the Pumpkin Spice Syrup, and the recipe for a batch of Pumpkin Spice Coffee which can be made to serve at parties, meetings or family get-togethers this fall,. Of course, the syrup can also be used on a one cup of coffee at a time basis. I have included directions for all three below.
Pumpkin Spice Syrup for Coffee
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 1/4 cups water
- In a small saucepan, combine pumpkin puree with vanilla and spices. Stir well to combine. Add in water, stir well.
- Bring pumpkin mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally until it becomes syrup-y and begins to coat the spoon (about 10-15 minutes).
- Remove from heat. Cool. Then refrigerate until needed.
To make a batch of Pumpkin Spice Coffee
- 1 cups of syrup
- 2 cups of milk
- 4 cups of very strong, hot, coffee
- whipped cream, optional
- sprinkles or ground nutmeg, optional
- While the coffee is brewing, heat milk with syrup.
- Blend with an immersion blender (or in a blender, or with a whisk). Can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to use. Re-heat and re-blend then continue as directed below.
- Stir hot coffee into milk-pumpkin syrup mixture. (I usually blend a bit more at this point, but it’s probably not necessary).
- Pour into cups. Top with whipped cream, and maybe some sprinkles or ground nutmeg, if desired. MMMMMMm (You can set a small pitcher of extra syrup out in case some people like a stronger/sweeter Pumpkin Spice Coffee).
- Makes approx. 6 servings.
To make one cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee
This is up to you! Start with a cup of strong, hot coffee. Stir in 1-2 T. pumpkin syrup, to taste. Add hot milk, or 1/2 and 1/2 or whipping cream…what appeals to you? Stir well. If desired, top with some whipped cream and some ground nutmeg or sprinkles. Remaining Pumpkin Spice Syrup can be stored in the refrigerator.
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen today, and not by Starbucks! You’ll find it cheaper to make your Pumpkin Spiced Coffees at home. And you might be surprised by how much better they taste, too! I was, and I am a loyal, long time Starbucks aficionado.