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Pumpkin Spice Latte


Confession #671: Last year, I rounded up all my neighbors and friends unused pumpkins after the holidays and roasted, froze, and ate them all year round.

Now, a hubbard squash is definitely more palatable and it is a definite must to wash and take care to prevent consuming rotten pumpkins, but I was one of those odd children that, after seeing the holidays roll over, was extremely saddened by the sight of all the discarded things-be it Christmas trees or pumpkins.  This stuck with me as an adult and I always strive to #1). reduce waste #2). utilize most, if not all things possible.  Needless to say, repurposing in my house hold is a common practice.

Unfortunately, I had no such luck this year and found myself in the baking aisle and came out breathless with a few too many cans of pureed pumpkin.  Excitement and over enthusiasm for the opportunity to take advantage of the season to make pumpkin everything got the best of me.  I now have 12 cans of pumpkin sitting in my pantry (don’t judge me)

My favorite time of the year has been christened thus far with: pumpkin milkshakes, pumpkin scones, pumpkin whoopie pies, pumpkin cream cheese frosting, pumpkin loaves, and what I will be sharing today, pumpkin spice syrup for an iced pumpkin spice latte –enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Latte
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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vanilla sugar
  • 2-3 sticks of cinnamon
  • ½ ts of ground cloves
  • ½ ts of ground ginger (or if you’re feeling adventurous, fresh ginger)
  • ¼ ts of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 tb of pumpkin
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 8 oz milk

  1. Dissolve your sugar into your water.
  2. Tumble in all your spices + pumpkin.
  3. Bring to a bubble.
  4. Turn off the heat and allow everything to mingle for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Strain your liquid through a fine mesh sieve and discard the pulp + cinnamon sticks.
  6. Pour in ¼ c syrup into a glass.
  7. Pull your shots of espresso and add it to the glass.
  8. For a hot latte, pour your foamed milk over until you’ve reached the top and dollop on a bit of foam.
  9. For a cold latte, pop in some ice and pour over your cold milk.


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