So maybe you’re not one of those people who really. loves. fall. Maybe you don’t break out your caramel scented candles right after Labor Day, or plan your Halloween costume months in advance or Instagram every phase of the changing foliage. That’s OK; we don’t all look good in flannel. But here’s one autumn staple you can reclaim: the pumpkin spice latte.
We recently reintroduced The Peregrino (Spanish for pilgrim) to our menu, our homemade take on this omnipresent fall beverage. The Crema version features real pumpkin spice syrup and fresh whipped cream—sweet, but not cloying. It might even make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
It’s a seasonal specialty—but that doesn’t mean you can’t make this for yourself! Maybe the drop in humidity just has us feeling gregarious, but we want to let you in on the recipe for your new fall favorite. (And if you give it a try at home, let us know how it goes!)
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
In a small saucepan, combine the water, molasses, and sugar.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir to dissolve.
Turn the heat down to low and stir in the spices and pumpkin.
Simmer (without bringing to a boil) until syrup reduces by about a 1/3 (5-10 minutes). Let cool and store in the fridge or use immediately.
PUMPKIN SPICE COFFEE RECIPES
1/2 to 3/4 oz. syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)
2 oz. of espresso
8 oz. milk (steamed or cold)
No espresso machine? No problem. Try this!
6 oz. hot coffee
1/2 oz. syrup
2 oz. cream, milk, or milk alternative
BONUS: THE WHIPPED CREAM OF YOUR PUMPKIN DREAMS
Add 2 oz. of syrup to 2 cups of heavy cream and whip it with an electric beater or by hand (if you’re very strong and patient) until it’s the right consistency to dollop on top of everything. (The pastry people say ‘until it holds stiff peaks’.) Then, dollop it on top of everything. It’s delish on a cup of brewed coffee, or ice cream, or waffles, or pancakes, or a spoon.