I’m definitely not a coffee drinker, but tea, tea I do! I like a hot beverage in the morning especially on a crisp fall morning. I love the idea of all those cool flavored beverages that all the cool kids order, but I just can’t stomach anything coffee. So when in doubt, turn to pinterest! I found a recipe for a home made pumpkin spice syrup that actually turned out pretty good. Add it to chai and Pinterest Success!!
Step 1: Start by making the syrup. Not only does this recipe make a ton it stores in the fridge well and you can use it plenty of other things, like apple cider or coffee.
Pumpkin Spice Syrup orig from Annie’s Eats
- 1½ cups water
- 1½ cups sugar
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp. ground ginger (or put a little nub of peeled fresh ginger root in the water as it’s cooking)
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 tsp. ginger sugar (if you don’t have any ginger sugar, you can skip this. It just adds a little extra zip to the syrup.)
- 3 tbsp. pumpkin puree
- Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Toss in the cinnamon sticks and cloves, then whisk in the remaining spices and the pumpkin puree.
- Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, without letting the mixture come to a boil. If you screw up and it does accidentally come to a boil, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal — mine did and the syrup tasted fine!
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth and funnel into a bottle or jar.
- Store in the refrigerator.
- Sidenote: I like to leave a cinnamon stick in the bottle/jar
Step 2: After you have your syrup ready, prepare some chai tea. Any brand will do, I prefer Tazo Classic Chai Tea Bags. I personally just seep one bag in about 4-6oz of water. Or use the “small cup” amount on your Keurig.
Step 3: Prepare equal parts of warm milk. You basically want half tea half milk, so if you used 4-6oz heat 4-6oz of milk. Heating the milk separately doesn’t make it get filmy.
Step 4: Combine tea, warm milk, and 2-3 tablespoons of the pumpkin spice syrup and mix.
And there you go! A perfectly spicy fall drink to enjoy while lounging in your perfect fall sweater, painting your perfect pumpkin spice mani on a perfect fall day doing basic white girl fall activities!