This Autumn Spice Simple Syrup isn’t Pumpkin Spice…it’s better. It’s warm, rich, and full of flavor with fall spices of cinnamon, allspice, and coriander. It’s perfectly paired with cocktails (especially Bourbon) or your favorite coffee drinks. Make it in 5 minutes and have it on hand to enjoy all the time!
Making homemade simple syrup is absolutely my favorite way to jazz up cocktails, coffee beverages – whether it’s a hot homemade latte or iced coffee – and even mocktails. It’s simple, easy, and takes less than five minutes before you have the perfect flavor addition to add to your favorite beverages.
And when fall rolls around, and everyone is screaming for Pumpkin Spice, I like to mix things up a little bit. While I can’t argue that there’s a time and place for pumpkin spice in all sorts of recipes, there’s so much to love about this Autumn Spice, too. It spans the test of time and fits perfectly in all of your cozy get-togethers.
It’s warm, ultimately cozy, and so good you’ll basically want to eat it with a spoon.
What You’ll Need to Make This Recipe
Alright, the good news here is that you only need a few simple ingredients to make this simple syrup recipe. In fact, any simple syrup recipe is so easy with a few simple ingredients… this one just has a few spices to add to it!
- Brown Sugar: while a basic simple syrup recipe calls for granulated sugar, this one uses brown sugar for an even more caramelly, warm, hug-in-a-glass type of feel. If needed, you can substitute with granulated sugar.
- Water: the other essential ingredient for simple syrup.
- Cinnamon: could we have an autumn spice anything without cinnamon? I think not. You can also use cinnamon sticks for a more real-spice vibe if you prefer.
- Allspice: tastes like a warm combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. It’s essential in Caribbean cooking, and in the U.S. it’s commonly used in fall-inspired desserts.
- Coriander: it’s delicate, earthy, with slightly sweet and spicy notes with a touch of citrus, which perfectly balances out this spice-filled syrup.
This is such an easy recipe, that it feels like kind of a not-recipe. It comes down to boiling, and….that’s it. Simple syrup is an equal mixture of water and sugar, and this version just has those delicious spices added. Easy, peasy!
Combine the brown sugar, water, and spices in a saucepan, whisking them together until they’re combined.
Bring everything to a boil and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes, allowing the ingredients to dissolve together while the flavors of the spices open up and release all their goodness.
Once they’ve simmered, it’s time to let the syrup cool. I totally get being impatient when you’re ready to make some cocktails…but be sure to let it cool enough that it won’t water those drinks down!
You can strain out the spices if needed – the allspice and coriander are a little coarser than the cinnamon. Or if you used whole cinnamon, you’ll need to strain that too. Otherwise, just let it be!
How to Use Autumn Spice Syrup
Let me count the ways…
In fact, dipping apples in this syrup is also a perfect idea. Go ahead, give it a try.
Store it in an airtight container, like a jar, in the fridge and it will be ready to use when you need it!
Simple syrup with spices will last 1-2 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container.
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Autumn Spice Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, or 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- Whisk together all ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a simmer, and continue to simmer for 4-6 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
- Let cool, then store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the facts listed is not and cannot be guaranteed.