Autumn Spiced Syrup

Pumpkin Spice World |My Edible JourneyCan’t you just hear the festive tune?  Seriously.  It’s pumpkin spice madness out there, I tell you.  I’m pretty sure someone will be coming out with pumpkin spice insoles soon.  But can I let you in on a secret…?

I don’t like pumpkin spice lattes

There, I said it.  I don’t like pumpkin spice frappuccinos, either.  I love pumpkin pie.  I do.  I might even love pumpkin spice fudge, if anyone wants to make me some to try.  But there’s something about the vegetal flavour of pumpkin spice syrup in my coffee that I really don’t care for.  The thing is, every year I would get excitedly swept up in the pumpkin spice latte madness, and every year I’d drop way too much money on one, only to remember that I’m not a fan.  I tried.  I really did.

I do love autumn spices

Autumn Spice Blend |My Edible Journey

From top: coriander, clove, ground ginger, allspice, roasted Saigon cinnamon

Truth be told, the thing that appeals to me about this autumn treat is the spices.  I like the gingerbread lattes that come out  closer to Christmas, for example.  But they don’t quite have that autumnal warmth that comes from a nice spice blend.  And often I find them too sweet (though my friend, Ruth, clued me in to asking for them “half-sweet.”  Much better).

Homemade is always better

Since I vowed to not give in to disappointing temptation again this year, I set my sights on making my own syrup.  Something flavourful that would bring the warmth of autumn to my mug without the hefty price tag.  I have some roasted Saigon cinnamon from McCormick that is amazingly fragrant and rich.  That and the ginger were the base of my blend.  Allspice and clove lend a deep, earthy warmth and coriander seed bring a bright note.  I also opted for dark brown sugar for a deep, luscious flavour.

Autumn Spiced Syrup |My Edible Journey

Autumn Spiced Syrup

1 1/4 cup water
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon (roasted Saigon if you can get it)
1 teaspoon whole coriander seed, lightly crushed
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
pinch of salt

Strained syrup |My Edible JourneyIn a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients over low heat until the sugar fully dissolves. Allow it to simmer for a few minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to cool and steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain through a double layer of damp cheesecloth into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid and store in the fridge for up to a couple of months.

Sweeten your coffee, tea or latte to taste. This is also good in a shot of brandy or whiskey. Seriously.

Autumn Spiced Syrup |My Edible Journey

4 thoughts on “Autumn Spiced Syrup

  1. hotlyspiced

    We don’t get into the pumpkin festivities down here that go on in the USA. I do like pumpkin pie but I haven’t tried any pumpkin spiced drinks. I do love the smell of gingerbread though and it always reminds me of Christmas xx

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