Pumpkin Spice Latte
1cup granulated sugar 1 cup water
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (which, if you don’t have it, is pretty much cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and possibly some cardamon if you’re of a fancy lot)
Basically make simple syrup, by combining the sugar and water in a small saucepan.
Bring sugar water to just barely boil, then reduce the heat.
Stir in pumpkin puree and spices.
Keep the mixture at a simmer and stir occasionally.
Simmer until everything is combined and smells nice.
Remove from the heat, and let the mixture cool for at least 10 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container. Pop it in the refrigerator, and use it within 3 weeks.
Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino
For the Strawberry Syrup 16 oz Strawberries, hulled Sugar to taste
For the Frappucino 1 cup Whole Milk
3/4 cups softened Vanilla ice cream 1/4 cup Strawberry Syrup (either make your own or use store bought!)
5-6 Whole Strawberries, chopped finely
2-3 ice cubes
Whipped Cream (optional)
Make the Strawberry Syrup:
(You may also use store-bought syrup)
Chop the stem (hull) off the strawberries. You can then do a coarse
chop or quarter the berries.
Place them in a colander and rinse them gently under cold water. You can wash them first and then chop if you like.
Drain the water well and place the berries in a saucepan. Cook them in medium heat. Give it a stir now and then. (After around 5 minutes you will find the berries releasing their juices.)
After around 15 minutes of cooking, add some sugar to taste.
Let cook for another 5 minutes and then wait until sauce has cooled.
Strain the sauce into another bowl pressing the fruit well to give more syrup.PS: Store remainder of strawberry syrup in an airtight container.
Make the Frappuccino:
Add rest of the ingredients along with your strawberry syrup (other than the whipped cream and chopped strawberries) in a blender. Give it a whirl until blended.
Drop some of the chopped strawberries in a serving glass and pour the blended mixture into it.
Add some whipped cream on top if desired and serve chilled.