It’s that time of year again. Pumpkin spiced lattes are in the air, and on the airwaves. Literally – I’ve heard commercials for this classic fall drink on TV, the radio, in newspapers… if there was ever a fad that exploded into a cultural norm, it’s the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Truth be told, I am NOT a fan. I find they taste sickly sweet and have a faint faux pumpkin taste that is more reminiscent of cardboard. But, to each their own.
I rarely go out for coffee these days because it’s just so easy to make your own drinks at home (without getting our of your PJs)!
Really, all you need is a couple of ingredients that you can buy on the cheap. A homemade, customized coffee – whether a PSL, London Fog, Chai Latte, or Cold-Brew – doesn’t come close to a $4.50 coffee from Starbucks.
To my fellow DIY Drinkers: Meet my new favourite thing. This simple syrup – and I mean simple – has become a daily staple in my house. Homemade, easy, and PACKED with all the spices and flavours of fall, it’s hard not to drink this stuff straight with a straw.
- Cinnamon sticks.
- I add a small drizzle to:
My morning latte (coffee or tea).
My green smoothies.
Cold brew coffee.
…. even over vanilla ice cream!
These spices can be bought from your regular grocer for fairly cheap. It may seem strange to buy a big bag of cloves, but trust me, if you love the fall/winter time of year as much as I do, it’s worth it to have on hand!
|Autumn-Spiced Simple Syrup|| |
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 2 star anise pods
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1-inch piece of ginger, sliced thin
- 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
- 6 cardamom pods, crushed
- In a small saucepan, heat water and sugar, stirring until sugar completely dissolves. Add cloves, anise, cinnamon sticks, ginger, peppercorns, and cardamom pods; bring to a light boil.
- Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for about 1 hour. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.