Pumpkin Spice flavored, well, anything has become so ubiquitous with fall the flavor has become the butt of jokes and memes all over social media and pop culture. For some of us, we simply want to try something different however we feel about pumpkin spice coffee drinks.
This one will take a little more effort as it requires a homemade, flavored simple syrup. But don’t fret! Flavor infused simple syrups are easy to make and are easy to adjust to yield as little as about 8ozs to as much as you want to make at once.
Remember, the fresher your spices the better. Old ingredients may require more spices to get the same flavor. The ingredients you’ll need for this fall flavored simple syrup are as follows:
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
4 whole cloves
4 whole black peppercorns
2 cinnamon sticks
1 whole nutmeg nut
1 whole star anise
1 one inch piece of lemon zest
Use a medium sized saucepan and medium heat. Mix the sugar and water. Add all other ingredients to the sugar and water. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves and you have a relatively clear liquid. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer for approximately 3-4. Remove from stove top and allow to syrup to come down to room temperature. Some strain out just the zest, anise cloves, and peppercorns. Some strain out all the spices. Store in an airtight container. Simple syrups don’t need to be refrigerated, but it will increase the shelf life. If refrigerated let the syrup warm up a bit before using.
For you’re the latte you’ll need the following
1/2 cup of whole milk
1 tbs fall spice simple syrup
1/3 cup freshly brewed espresso
Star anise (garnish)
To make the latte use a saucepan medium to low heat to warm the milk. Use a wire whisk to briskly stir the milk into foam. Pour brewed espresso into mug and mix in the simple syrup. Pour in the milk, hold back the foam with a spoon. Next, spoon the foam over top.
Optional additions are a sprinkle of cinnamon on top or garnishing with a cinnamon stick or star anise.
Obviously, the simple syrup could be added to any “plain” coffee beverage you want to spice up for fall!