Happy 1st day of Autumn!
Enjoy a nice pumpkin spice latte!
1½ cups water
1½ cups sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground cloves
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 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.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth and store in your container of choice.
Store in the refrigerator.
To make a pumpkin spice latte, combine 2 ounces of hot coffee or 1 shot of hot espresso (about 1-1½ ounces) with 5-6 ounces of steamed low-fat milk.
Stir in 1½-2 tablespoons of the pumpkin spice syrup. Taste and adjust amounts accordingly.
Top as desired with freshly whipped cream, ground cinnamon and drizzle with caramel sauce.