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Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Cafe Basics: part 2

Part 2 of this series so you're able to have a mini Starbucks to make coffees, lattes, and other drinks at home! Pumpkin spice makes me so happy because it reminds me that fall is coming.

For my drink, I mixed it with some homemade cold brew (I think it's growing on me) and some pumpkin spice cold foam.


  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1 cup of water

  • 2 tbsp of pumpkin puree

  • 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice (or make your own!)

  • pinch of salt

PUMPKIN PIE SPICE BLEND: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, allspice

In a pot, combine your sugar, water, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice. For the pumpkin spice, you can use the pre-made ones from the store but if you already have your spices, that works best because you can customize it to your liking! I usually eyeball it but for me, it's around 2 parts cinnamon to 1 part of everything else. If you don't like a certain spice you can take it out as well or add more— everything is up to preference. You can also definitely add more of the pumpkin spice if you like a stronger flavor.

Let the mixture simmer over medium-low heat for around 5 - 10 minutes (if you heat it for longer it will be thicker, if you heat it less it'll be thinner). You don't really want this to boil but be sure to mix it consistently. You can also throw in a couple of drops of yellow and red food coloring to enhance the orange you usually associate pumpkin spice with (this will make the color stand out if you're using this in your cold foam as well).

Allow this mixture to cool down before using it. If you don't like the little specs of spices in your syrup, you can drain it out with the cheesecloth but I don't mind them. Once cooled, you have your Starbucks pumpkin spice syrup! This should last you around a month in the fridge.

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