Sweet, spicy, and warming, this homemade pumpkin spice syrup is perfect for fall cocktails (and everything else, too!)
Fall is here, Halloween is upon us, and the pumpkin parade is going strong at TWS HQ!
In the attitude of, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” I spent the last few weeks tinkering with pumpkin spice cocktails. Honestly, I’ve never been down with the PS in the PSL. That bottled stuff grosses me out: overly sweet, artificially flavoured, chemical shit storms made to stay fresh until 10 days after the sun burns out. Sorry, I just can’t handle the idea of drinking that. (Don’t get me started on the sugar-free versions.)
So, I whipped up my own. (watch me on CTV’s The Social showing Canada how to make pumpkin spice simple syrup and the cocktails that benefit greatly from it.) It has been straight fire reviews from everyone who has tried it.
The recipe here makes nearly a litre, and will last a week or two in the fridge. Nowhere near as long as the bottled versions mind you, but I digress.
I use this pumpkin spice simple syrup in all kinds of deliciously balanced and fall-inspired cocktails, I’ve included one-of my favourites below, but you could also add a splash to your coffee or even top ice cream.
Yield: approx. 750 ml
Total time: about 30 minutes, almost entirely unattended
Chef Level: What’s easier than easy?
My love for the French 75 champagne cocktail will never die. Here, I’ve adapted it to a fall version, swapping out basic simple syrup for pumpkin spice.
Yield: 1 delicious drink
Bartender Level: Beginner