Making your own Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup is so quick and simple, you’ll never buy a store bought simple syrup again! Keep this simple syrup on hand to add to your coffee, cocktails, and more. Or, make a large batch and gift mini bottles to family and friends to celebrate the holiday season.
📋 About the Recipe
- Healthier than pre-made convenience syrups! If you’ve been making my recipes for a while now, you know I am a big supporter of making it from scratch when at all possible. Although store-bought simple syrups are super convenient, they’re not only expensive, but they typically contain additives and preservatives to retain color and freshness and also use highly refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup. Some pumpkin spice syrups don’t even contain any pumpkin at all! Steer clear of these unfavorable ingredients by making it fresh at home.
- Versatile. Just like my Blueberry Simple Syrup, this pumpkin simple syrup goes well in just about anything that you’d like a little sweeter and reminiscent of fall. Try it in my Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte or add a few splashes to my apple cider martini.
- Make ahead friendly. Treat your family or guests to homemade syrup without the last minute prep. Make it a few days ahead of time and pull it out of the refrigerator right before you need to use it. This would be great to have for Halloween parties, hosting a fall brunch, or a spooky movie night.
A few notes about the ingredients:
- Sugar - Plain granulated sugar is the perfect, neutral base for this simple syrup. Granulated sugar dissolves completely into a liquid once simmered on the stovetop.
- Pumpkin puree - Fresh pumpkin puree gives this simple syrup the best, natural pumpkin flavor.
- Pumpkin pie spice - Use a premixed store-bought spice blend or make your own using 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, ¾ teaspoon ground ginger, ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ½ teaspoon allspice, and ½ teaspoon ground cloves. This mix tastes so good and goes well in tons of fall baking, you’ll want to keep it in the pantry at all times.
- Whisk together ingredients. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the water, sugar, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Bring to a simmer. Set the saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the sugar is fully dissolved and becomes a syrup-like consistency.
- Strain the pumpkin spice simple syrup. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain the mixture to make the simple syrup extra smooth.
- Let syrup cool. Once cooled, transfer the syrup to a glass jar with a lid and use in your favorite coffees or cocktails.
⁉️ Substitutions and Alterations
- Make your own pumpkin puree. Using a can of pumpkin puree is of course easier and more convenient, but nothing beats fresh! Learn how to make pumpkin puree at home using sugar pie pumpkins.
- Make your own pumpkin pie spice. If you don’t have a premixed pumpkin pie spice in your spice cabinet, chances are you have everything you need to make your own mix. Gather up the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and make your own homemade pumpkin pie spice.
- Skip straining the syrup. If you want to skip straining the syrup you can, but straining does make it smoother.
- Make a larger batch and give as gifts. Treat your friends and family to homemade Pumpkin Simple Syrup! Make a larger batch and divide between small glass jars for gifting.
❄️ How to Store
How long does this simple syrup last? Does it need to be refrigerated? This homemade simple syrup is made with fresh real ingredients and no preservatives so it must be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. This syrup will last for up to 1 week.
Can simple syrup be frozen? I do not recommend freezing this syrup. It is so quick to make, you should always just make it fresh!
No, simple syrup and triple sec are not the same. The main difference being that triple sec contains alcohol and simple syrup does not. Triple sec is also almost always orange-flavored whereas simple syrup can be flavored in a bunch of different ways, including pumpkin spice and blueberry!
Simple syrup pairs well with many drinks and desserts. Use this simple syrup in cocktails, hot or cold coffee drinks, on top of pancakes, or in your favorite pumpkin desserts. It can really be used in anything that calls for a liquid sweetener.
If you want a richer, bolder flavored pumpkin spice simple syrup, substitute half of the cane sugar with light brown sugar. I do not recommend using all brown sugar - it will be too dark and caramel tasting. Simple syrup should be fairly neutral tasting so it can be added to almost anything.
💭 One More Tip
Avoid over simmering. If you over cook the simple syrup, it will begin to reduce and become much thicker. You want the simple syrup to be smooth and easy to pour.
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Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup 100% pure pumpkin puree
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
- Whisk together water, sugar, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium saucepan.
- Set saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the sugar is fully dissolved and becomes a syrup-like consistency.
- Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve.
- Let syrup cool. Use in cocktails, coffee drinks, on top of pancakes, or in desserts. Store syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
- You don't have to strain the syrup, but it does make it a lot smoother.
- *If you don't have pre-made pumpkin pie spice, combine 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, ¾ teaspoon ground ginger, ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground allspice, and ½ teaspoon ground cloves. Use only ½ teaspoon for this recipe and reserve the rest for later.
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