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Homemade PSL Syrup – A Beautiful Mess

Elsie and I have an inside joke about what we call the “pumpkin spice latte effect.” It’s our theory that right around the beginning of September, everybody gets a little bit nicer/more considerate/happy. Us included.

We are for SURE affected by the PSL effect. So, of course, making your own PSL syrup at home is a great way to take advantage of this good vibes effect.

I love to try coffee from just about anywhere, but I’m not above getting excited about PSL day at Starbucks! And, I think on a “deeper” level, somehow PSL day reminds us all that fall is in full swing. Here in southern Missouri, that means cooler weather, hay rides, hot chocolate, apple picking, pumpkin carving, hot cider, layered clothing, and (most importantly) the holidays are on their way.

I LOVE how this recipe turned out. I may have to make this a new tradition every year and create my own pumpkin spice latte effect. 🙂 Here’s my recipe, but feel free to adjust the spices to your own liking.

Make your own pumpkin spice latte syrupPSL Homemade PSL Syrup

2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon or 4-5 cinnamon sticks (I used half cinnamon and half cinnamon sticks)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (I go easy on the cloves, because I think they are such a strong flavor)
4 heaping tablespoons of pumpkin puree

In a pot, combine all the ingredients. Stir together over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking over low/medium heat for an additional 5-6 minutes (do not allow to boil).

How to make pumpkin spice latte at home!Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and store in an airtight container. You can keep the unused syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Be sure to give the syrup a good shake before reusing.

I have a little home espresso maker that I got for Christmas last year, so I use that to make homemade lattes or Americanos. As you can see by my (lack of) latte art, I am no barista. But, the syrup is really what makes this drink!

If you don’t have a home espresso maker, just brew some (really) strong coffee and heat some milk in a pot over medium/high heat. Once it’s hot, use a whisk to incorporate air, creating foam.

Combine the coffee, syrup and hot milk. It’s not exactly a latte, but it’s pretty good. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

Homemade PSL Syrup

the best at-home PSL syrup recipe

  • 2
    cups
    water
  • 1 ½
    cups
    sugar
  • ½
    cup
    brown sugar
    packed
  • 1
    teaspoon
    cinnamon or 4-5 cinnamon sticks
    I used half cinnamon and half cinnamon sticks
  • ½
    teaspoon
    nutmeg
  • ½
    teaspoon
    ginger
    ground
  • ½
    teaspoon
    ground cloves
    I go easy on the cloves, because I think they are such a strong flavor
  • 4
    heaping tablespoons
    pumpkin puree
    be sure to use puree, not pumpkin pie filling

  1. In a pot, combine all the ingredients. Stir together over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking over low/medium heat for an additional 5-6 minutes (do not allow to boil).

  2. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and store in an airtight container. You can keep unused syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

    Be sure to give the syrup a good shake before reusing.

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