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Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte

Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte

Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte: great with, or without, the “spike”.

What the world needs now, even more than a pumpkin spice latte, is a Pumpkin Spice SPIKED Latte.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking.

Oh, dear God. Not one more PUMPKIN thing.

Well, this one IS necessary, my dear friends. Because it’s actually really, really cozy and delicious, and well…perfect for a fall evening! And the good news is, for you pumpkin haters out there, and I hope you’ve read this far: THERE’S NO PUMPKIN IN IT!!!! You’re really NOT succumbing to the pumpkin thing! It’s just the SPICES that go in pumpkin pies! And those spices are fragrant, warm and seductive! Cinnamon, clove, allspice, cardamom, and ginger! You’ve got all that stuff, many of you, dying a slow, lingering death in your spice cabinet. Pull out those spices, and put them to work, doing something lovely for you, and perhaps for your loved one, with a minimum of fuss and bother. Just make the syrup, which will take you all of 2 minutes, once you find your spices. Froth your milk, mix things up, add a wee bit of brandy, to make things really relaxing, and go cuddle with your honey on a chilly fall evening in front of the fire.

You can thank me later for the wonderful evening you’re about to have!

Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte

Remember,  pumpkin haters: there’s no pumpkin in it!!! Just the spices you might use in a pumpkin pie!

I would suggest that if you make this in the evening, you might want to use decaf coffee.  We tried it with bourbon at first, but found we both preferred splashing in a little brandy. And really…who wants to waste perfectly good bourbon?

But we both found it perfectly delicious WITHOUT the alcohol as well, for those of you who prefer to abstain. And if you make it without the alcohol, it would be great on a cold winter’s day, at which point, you can happily enjoy the energy lift you’ll get from a nice cup of fully caffeinated coffee, or a shot of espresso.

Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte

The spice in the foreground is crystallized ginger, but you can use regular fresh ginger, if you prefer.

Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte


For the Pumpkin Spice Syrup:

1/4 c. packed brown sugar
4 whole cloves
3 allspice berries
3 cardamom pods, cracked
1 slice crystallized ginger
1/2 cinnamon stick
1/2 t. pure vanilla extract
pinch ground black pepper

For the Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte:

1 T. Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1 c. whole milk, warmed
2 oz. very strong coffee

1 splash of brandy (optional)


To make the Pumpkin Spice Syrup:

Combine the brown sugar, spices, and 1/4 c. water in a small sauce pan and bring it to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, stir until the sugar has dissolved, and allow syrup to cool. Strain syrup to remove spices. (You can refrigerate any leftovers for up to 2 months.

To make a Latte:

Combine the milk and 1 T. of the pumpkin pie spice syrup, and either froth it in a blender, 20-30 seconds, or do as I did, and stir and froth it with a milk frothing tool, 20-30 seconds. Combine the coffee and frothed milk in a mug.

To Turn the Pumpkin Spice Latte into a PUMPKIN SPICE SPIKED LATTE:

Add a splash of brandy and use decaf coffee, if you desire a more adult beverage, a cozy evening, and a good night’s sleep. 🙂  (To make it extra pretty, you can top it with some whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or turbinado sugar.), midlife, columnist, blogger

Susan Williams

Susan Williams writes about food, faith, and fun at ”That Susan Williams”. She loves to share her passion for great food, simply and beautifully prepared, and only shares recipes she deems to be “the best of the best”. Susan is ably assisted by her talented food photographer husband, who isn’t quitting his day job as a music producer for the fame and fortune of blogging just yet. Susan is a born storyteller. Find Susan on Instagram: susanwilliams

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Lauren Ivy Chiong

Tuesday 27th of October 2015

I'm pinning this for sure! Yum--I can't wait to try out making that syrup. But who exactly are the "pumpkin haters" out there? Are there many people who are sick of it? I can't get enough! Now, next task, getting firewood and a warm coat for the cold New England winter coming up (just moved here from California).

Doreen McGettigan

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

I swear I could smell it while resding. I am definitely going to whip this up to show off for my six, older -sister-in laws.

Susan Williams

Tuesday 27th of October 2015

You are so lucky to have all those women to love!!!


Thursday 22nd of October 2015

Sound yummy and is what makes this time of year so great. Spiked or unspiked, we all love the pumpkin lattes.

Susan Williams

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

I always thought they *had* pumpkin in them. So this, with just pumpkin pie spices, was revelatory to me!

Anne Sweden

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

The blend of spices sounds amazingly delicious! I can't wait to try this on my morning cup of coffee on a frosty day!

Susan Williams

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

I really enjoyed it, Anne! I hope you will, too. Simple syrup with spices. A little milk. A little coffee. Who knew these simple, natural ingredients could be so good?

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