PSL, pls! | Pumpkin Spiced Latte & Syrup


PSL Syndrome is now in full swing at coffee shops, bakeries, and grocery stores. Thousands have been able to sate their pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING cravings. I’m in the trawls of PSL – I love pumpkin everything and I’m not afraid to admit it. You’ll probably be seeing a few pumpkin based recipes cropping up over the next few weeks.


The only thing I don’t like about PSL syndrome is the cravings. They happen at the weirdest hour and it’s inevitable that it’s during a time when the coffee shops are closed. So rather than waiting a few hours AND spending $5+ dollars on this tasty beverage I have taken to making my own. Now to be completely fair, there are literally TONS of copycat PSL recipes around the web. I’ve tried several but they never seem to taste quite right for my tastes.



  • 4 cups of water

  • 2 cups of brown sugar

  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree

  • ½ teaspoon of clove

  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 ½ tablespoon of vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste (optional)



  1. Bring water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, clove, and nutmeg to a rolling boil (about 5-10 minutes) stirring occasionally to make sure that all of your sugar is properly dissolved.PumpkinSpicedLatte_NN-2 PumpkinSpicedLatte_NN-3

  2. Turn heat down to medium low and add in your pumpkin puree. Stir till incorporated. Let that simmer and reduce for a good 20 minutes.PumpkinSpicedLatte_NN-4

  3. Take your syrup off of the stove and add in your vanilla extract.

  4. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to get all of the larger pumpkin grains / strings out of the liquid. I tried to use a coffee filter but it wasn’t working very well. So I scrapped it and just took the filter out.PumpkinSpicedLatte_NN-5 PumpkinSpicedLatte_NN-6 PumpkinSpicedLatte_NN-7

  5. (Optional) Add in your vanilla bean paste. I love seeing the vanilla caviar in the drink.

  6. Pour into a resealable container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Voila! You’ve got some super tasty pumpkin spiced syrup. Now to make drinks with it:


(Note: this syrup will settle so it’s best if you stir and keep a spoon handy. I just spent too much time taking pretty pictures)

Pumpkin Spiced Latte: Skip the Coffee Shop

  • 2-3 parts good quality coffee (your choice)

  • 1 parts pumpkin syrup (or more depending on your taste preference)

  • 1 part milk or creamer substitute – foamed if possible

  • Sugar to taste

  • Whip Cream

  • Cinnamon for garnish


White Chocolate Spiced Pumpkin Latte: Skip the Coffee Shop

  • 2  good quality coffee

  • 1 part pumpkin syrup

  • 1 part white chocolate syrup (or melt 2oz of white chocolate and mix it in) and a little extra for garnish.

  • 1 part milk or creamer substitute – foamed if possible

  • Sugar to taste

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