Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Make homemade pumpkin spice syrup for adding to seasonal coffee drinks and cocktails without leaving the house! It’s made with real pumpkin, fresh aromatics and warm spices. It comes together in less than 30 minutes and will make your kitchen smell like fall.

  • Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 ounces 1x
  • Category: Sweet
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon whole cardamom
  • 1 inch piece ginger root, peeled & sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Add brown sugar and water to a small saucepan and bring to a low boil (medium-high heat), stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Decrease to a simmer and add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Continue to cook for 5 minutes or until the syrup is slightly thickened and reduced. Remove from heat; let rest 5 more minutes to allow flavors to meld.
  3. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a jar or glass storage container and let it cool completely before covering and storing in the refrigerator for up to one week.



  • The equipment section above includes affiliate links to things I use often in my kitchen and recommend.
  • If you can’t find whole cardamom (which can be a little tricky sometimes!) you can also use ground cardamom as pictured in the ingredients photo. I do think the whole cardamom makes a big difference if you can find it though.
  • Store this syrup in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.


Keywords: pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin recipes