Now that it’s fall, the pumpkin harvest is in full force. Not only do they make great decorations, they’re also delicious! Coffee shops, restaurants, and even breweries have caught on, as well. Pumpkin is being used to flavor everything from lattes to beer. The key ingredient is pumpkin spice syrup. You can either buy it or make your own to make these beverages at home:
Pumpkin Spice Beer
In Berlin, locals often enjoy their traditional wheat beer with flavored syrups. Even though most pumpkin ales in the United States are brewed with actual pumpkin, you can make your own version of it at home by borrowing from the Germans! This method tastes best with lighter beers, such as blonde ales or light-colored wheat beers. Use 1 teaspoon of syrup for every 12 ounces of beer.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Drinks
No matter what coffee drink you enjoy, pumpkin spice syrup makes an excellent flavoring! Here are the ratios you should use depending on the type of coffee beverage you’re drinking:
• Regular coffee. If you want to add pumpkin syrup to your morning coffee, use ½ – 1 teaspoon of syrup per regular-sized cup.
• Latte. Prepare your latte as you normally would. Add 1 teaspoon of pumpkin syrup for every shot of espresso you’ll be using.
• Cappuccino. When making pumpkin-flavored cappuccino, simply mix ½-1 teaspoon of pumpkin syrup with each shot of espresso. Because less milk is used, you don’t need to use as much syrup as you would for a latte.
• Espresso. Do you want to give your regular shot of espresso a flavor boost? Mix ½ teaspoon of pumpkin syrup for every shot of espresso you’ll be using.
These measurements are just a guide. You can add more or less syrup, depending on how strong the syrup is that you are using and your own personal preferences.
Pumpkin Spice Tea
Pumpkin spice also tastes great in hot or iced tea. Even though you can use it with any type of tea, it tastes best with rooibos, green, white, oolong, or black tea. To make, make a cup of tea as you usually would. Add ½ teaspoon of pumpkin syrup per mug. From here, you can pour the tea over ice to serve it cold.
Mulled Pumpkin Spice Wine
Pumpkin spice syrup also tastes great in wine, especially when it’s mulled. This beverage is delicious served hot or cold. To make this wine at home, simmer together one bottle of red table wine with 1 cinnamon stick, ½ teaspoon whole cloves, juice of half an orange, and ½ cup of sugar. Pour into mugs and serve hot. Add ½ teaspoon of pumpkin syrup per mug just before serving. To serve this beverage cold, let it cool before pouring over ice. Add ½ teaspoon of pumpkin syrup per glass just before serving.
If you’re looking to add some pumpkin spice to your life at home, these spiced pumpkin beverages are perfect!