Recipe Spotlight: DIY Pumpkin Spice Syrup

A Season for Savings

Maybe you’re a pumpkin person. Maybe you’re financially responsible for one. Or maybe you just know that pumpkin spice is the way to a loved one’s heart. No matter what your connection to this season’s most popular hot drink, you might want to double, triple, or make 20 times this recipe. By whipping up a big batch of homemade pumpkin spice syrup, you can not only savor the flavor of the season longer and more often, but you can also surprise and delight visitors to your home or office. The DIY approach stands to save you a ton of cash, as well as the extra calories that tend to be packed into your favorite seasonal products. And there’s no reason to keep this syrup reserved for lattes. Use it as a¬†topping for cheesecake, ice cream, or pancakes!

Copycat Pumpkin Spice Syrup


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin


  • Bring the sugar and 2 cups water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking, until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin.
  • Simmer, whisking occasionally, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Set aside 5 minutes, then strain twice through a fine-mesh strainer into an airtight container.
  • Refrigerate until cool.
  • Stir one or two tablespoons into your coffee or warm milk, and enjoy!

One batch yields about 4 cups total. Can be stored in the refrigerator for about 1 month.