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Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup is the versatile recipe that you’ll want to use all fall long! You can use it to spice up cocktails, or simply as a sweetener for your morning coffee. Made with real pumpkin and warming spices, this recipe comes together in just 20 minutes and keeps for up to one week.
about this pumpkin spice simple syrup
When I discovered the glory that is pumpkin spice simple syrup last year, I threw it into a bourbon pumpkin smash and didn’t even think to make it its own recipe post…
SHAME. ON. ME.
Not only is pumpkin spice simple syrup absolutely glorious in so many cocktails for fall, it’s also so perfect for your coffee or your iced tea!
You can pour it in as your sweetener and OMG it packs a flavorful punch.
I personally love it in my iced coffee (not to mention it saves me the trip to Starbucks to spend money on a PSL, you know?)!
The simple syrup is so simple to make. It comes together quickly and you simply store it in your refrigerator until you use it all up!
Trust me, you will run through it REALLY quickly. The flavor is so authentic. You can use 100% canned pumpkin puree that you get from the store, or you can even use homemade pumpkin puree if you happen to have it on hand.
I’m actually going to be posting about making your own pumpkin puree soon! So be sure to keep an eye out for that 😉
pumpkin puree – use 100% pumpkin puree here! The pumpkin pie filling is too sweet and will throw off the flavor of the simple syrup. If you want to make your own, that’s the best option in my opinion! Refer to my guide on how to make pumpkin puree here.
water – tap water is all you need!
sugar – all you need is granulated white sugar for this recipe.
pumpkin pie spice – I personally buy mine at the store because I don’t have time to make it. However, if you want to make it yourself, I have tried this pumpkin pie spice recipe before and it’s great!
this recipe’s must-haves
The recipe itself all comes together in a saucepan! Just make sure you have one that has a lid because you need to cover the syrup to let the flavors build in the syrup. Don’t forget the wooden spoon to stir it all together!
I use my fine mesh strainer all the time for simple syrup making. It gets all the chunks and such out so you don’t have to worry about them floating around in your syrup!
Finally, you will want to have an airtight container like mason jars handy to add the simple syrup to once it is done steeping.
how to make pumpkin spice simple syrup
First, you will add all the ingredients to a small saucepan and bring it all to a boil. You’ll only need to stir it once or twice, so don’t worry about fussing over it while it heats up.
Once the mixture is boiling, you remove it immediately and cover it. Then you just let it sit for about 15 minutes so that all the flavors really get into the syrup.
After steeping, it’s time to strain! This gets the thick pumpkin puree bits out of there, so all you are left with is the simple syrup.
tips for success
use a fine mesh sieve. Be sure to use the finest mesh sieve you have to strain out the ground spice particles from the syrup. This will help it be less grainy! You can use a coffee filter, but it’ll take a long time that way.
100% pumpkin puree only. Do NOT use pumpkin pie filling because it’ll make the syrup way too sweet!
For some killer pumpkin cocktail recipes: Pumpkin Bourbon Hot Chocolate / Bourbon Pumpkin Smash / Pumpkin Pie Mimosa / Pumpkin Bang
how do I store simple syrup?
To store the simple syrup, be sure to let it cool to room temperature first. Then add it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.
how long can I store simple syrup?
Simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week (if it even lasts that long!).
Need some more inspiration for happy hour? Check out my booze recipes page!
how to use pumpkin spice simple syrup
There are so many ways to use pumpkin spice simple syrup! Here’s some recipes that use it on the blog:
Pumpkin Spice Bourbon Old Fashioned
But, it’s not just cocktails that benefit from it, there are lots of ways to use it. Here are some ideas for things other than cocktails to use it in!
- Add it to coffee or hot tea instead of sugar.
- Pour it over vanilla or espresso ice cream!
- Brush your favorite vanilla cake with it for an added spice before topping it with frosting.
- Drizzle it over your morning yogurt or oatmeal instead of honey.
- Blend it into a smoothie or milkshake in place of honey or agave!
- Use it in your favorite mocktail.
Finally, if you make this pumpkin spice simple syrup, please be sure to give this recipe a rating or leave a comment! I love to hear when you all make recipes, and I do take the time to respond to every single comment. Feel free to drop questions below too, if you have them!
Oh and be sure to tag me on Instagram if you make the recipe! Love being able to see these recipes come to live in your homes – it’s my favorite thing to look through those photos. It really means the world to me!
Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup
Easy to make and with so many uses, this pumpkin spice simple syrup is fall-tastic!
- 8 oz pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cups water, more as needed
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- To make the simple syrup, add pumpkin puree, water, sugar and pumpkin pie spice to a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
- Once the syrup is boiling and smooth, remove from heat and cover. Let sit for 15 minutes.
- Strain the pumpkin mixture into an airtight container.
- Let cool completely before making the cocktail.
- Syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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