How to Make Pumpkin Spice Syrup at Home (Easy Recipe)

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This simple, homemade pumpkin spice syrup recipe can be used to flavor lattes, pumpkin pancakes and a variety of other dishes and desserts. Vegan and gluten-free. Find the recipe here!

a swing top bottle filled with homemade pumpkin spice syrup and labeled with an orange label that says pumpkin spice
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🎃 Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Use this pumpkin spice syrup to get your pumpkin spice latte fix or flavor any of your favorite fall desserts! It’s vegan, gluten-free, and totally tasty.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as the leaves start to change color and there’s that first chill in the air, I start thinking about all things pumpkin spice flavor. 

a small silver spoon spilling over with orange pumpkin spice syrup

Most pumpkin spice syrups you can buy are packed full of sugar and artificial flavors, so I like to make my own. That way, I know what’s in all of the tasty treats we’re eating. Plus, the fresh pumpkin and mix of warming spices mean that the taste is out of this world – far better than anything you’d find on a grocery store shelf!

As well as being delicious, fresh pumpkin is good for you. It’s packed full of immune system-boosting vitamins, particularly important as the seasons change and people become more susceptible to coughs and colds.

a tall bottle filled with homemade pumpkin spice syrup recipe

If you like to partake in a bit of pumpkin carving at Halloween, making pumpkin spice syrup is an excellent way to use up all of the leftover pumpkins!

The pumpkin flavor is naturally bright and fresh, and it’s extra special when combined with warming spices like cinnamon and cloves to create that signature fall flavor. I like to keep a batch of pumpkin spice syrup in the refrigerator so that whenever I feel like whipping up a pumpkin pie, swirling it into my oatmeal in the morning, or even using it to top a fresh batch of pancakes, it’s ready to go. 

Homemade pumpkin spice syrup is particularly special when used to make that favorite fall pick-me-up, pumpkin spice latte.

a close up shot of an orange label on a bottle that says pumpkin spice

💭 What Pumpkin Spice Syrup Does Starbucks Use?

Starbucks pumpkin spice syrup uses fresh pumpkin puree, condensed milk, and, of course, a lot of sugar. They also add vanilla syrup to the latte itself, which contains even more sugar.

If you’re a fan of pumpkin spice latte, you’ll probably know that you can buy pumpkin spice syrup from Starbucks. But, you’ll also know that when you use it, the coffee you make doesn’t taste anything like the one from Starbucks! That’s because the syrup you can buy isn’t quite the same as the one that Starbucks baristas use in-store.

This pumpkin spice syrup uses fresh pumpkin, but there’s no condensed milk, so it’s vegan! There’s also a lot less sugar, so you can keep your pumpkin spice latte as healthy as possible. It’s copycat in taste, however!

a clear swing top bottle of homemade vegan pumpkin spice syrup for a latte and more

🥘 Ingredients

Pumpkin Puree: If you really need to, you can use canned pumpkin puree. However, freshly made pumpkin puree really adds a little something special! You can make your pumpkin puree either on the stovetop or even with a microwave. 

To make your puree on the stovetop, peel and deseed your pumpkin, and then chop it into small pieces. Steam the pieces using a steamer if you have one or a mesh strainer over a pan of boiling water if you don’t, for ten minutes. Check to see how soft the pieces are with a fork, and give them another five minutes if they aren’t entirely done. Don’t cook them for too long; otherwise, you will lose the flavor. 

To make your puree using the microwave, cut the pumpkin in half (no need to peel) and pop it in the microwave for twenty minutes. You’ll be able to scoop the flesh straight out once it’s soft enough.

Once the pumpkin flesh is soft, mash it using a fork or potato masher, and then leave to cool. Alternatively, you can let the pumpkin cool, then pop it into a blender or food processor and give it a whiz until pureed.

Pumpkin Spices: A mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves which give that perfect pumpkin pie spice flavor!

Granulated Sugar: The crystals in granulated sugar are much finer than in other types of sugar and won’t clump together, making it perfect for pumpkin spice syrup.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract is essential because it enhances the other flavors and makes them pop!

Cinnamon: Use ground cinnamon to add a spicy sweetness.

Nutmeg: Ground nutmeg adds a nutty, earthy flavor.

Ginger: Ginger is the fresh, fiery zing that’s characteristic of pumpkin spice. Again, use ground ginger – it will combine more easily.

Cloves: Sweet and aromatic, cloves are the final note in your pumpkin spice syrup symphony. 

a silver spoon drizzling freshly homemade pumpkin spice syrup

🔪 Instructions

Pumpkin spice syrup is wonderfully simple to make! Begin by combining all of your ingredients in a pot over medium-high heat. Bring them to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium and simmer gently for ten minutes, ensuring that you stir frequently. 

When the mixture has cooked, (carefully!) give it a quick taste to ensure it is how you like it, and then strain through a mesh strainer. Next, use a funnel to pour it into a jar or bottle, and then transfer it to the refrigerator.

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  1. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe! I received the recipe this morning. Just had to try it. Yummy! I did not strain mine as I like a bit of rustic, Had to make 3 batches, 2 bottles as gifts and a bottle for myself. Thank you for a keeper recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this and gave a taste test before bottling. It’s a warm fall hug. ❤️ can’t wait to use it in… everything. So simple too!

  3. 5 stars
    Loooove this syrup! I want to put it on everything. So far I’ve had it on ice cream and pancakes. Yum!

  4. 5 stars
    This pumpkin syrup is a real game changer! So far, I’ve used it on oatmeal and in my chai lattes. It’s SO good. I’m hiding it to keep it all to myself. lol

  5. 5 stars
    This is really easy to follow, loved this pumpkin spice syrup recipe! It’s really tasty and very flavorful! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended

  6. 5 stars
    I am so happy to find a homemade pumpkin spice.syrup recipe. I love that I can control sweetness so it is not overly sweet like many bottles are.

  7. 5 stars
    Love this because there’s actually PUMPKIN in it! A million times better than the pure sugar flavored ones in a coffee shop or store.

  8. 5 stars
    I am holding you personally responsible for my new addiction to this Pumpkin Spice Syrup! It’s just too good! Thank you for all the suggested uses too, although someone needs to stop me at some point….

  9. 5 stars
    Yum! I’ll put pumpkin spice syrup on anything! Can’t wait to add this to my coffee and ice cream!