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Boozy Iced Pumpkin Coffee

October 18, 2021 | Jump to Recipe

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This boozy pumpkin spice coffee is made with a homemade brown sugar pumpkin spice simple syrup, strong coffee or espresso, coffee liqueur, and milk. It's topped with whipped cream and shaved nutmeg for the perfect fall pick-me-up.

Pumpkin Spice Latte with coffee liqueur


This boozy iced pumpkin coffee is a part of my 31 Days of Halloween. For each day in October, I come up with a cocktail recipe and snack recipe that perfectly matches a scary movie, Halloween movie, or a fun spooky activity. Check it out for all of your Halloween snack and drinking desires!



This pumpkin spice coffee is full of so much pumpkin flavor. My favorite component of this boozy coffee is the homemade simple syrup. It's made with brown sugar, real pumpkin, and lots of those fall spices. I opted to measuring out all the individual spices instead of using pumpkin pie spice so I could be in control of the flavors. This coffee also has coffee liqueur for the booze, espresso (or strong coffee) for the caffeine, and milk for the creaminess. Don't mind me while I enjoy one of these every single day of October and November.

This coffee was a part of my A Nightmare on Elm Street movie night! This coffee is perfect for staying awake. I wouldn't want you to fall asleep and meet Freddy...


Pumpkin Puree: Pumpkin puree will give this coffee actual pumpkin taste. Make sure you are using 100% pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling. You can use canned or homemade pumpkin puree for this recipe.

Brown Sugar: Light or dark brown sugar will work. I like to use brown sugar instead of white sugar to get that extra molasses/fall taste.

Vanilla Extract: Will add great flavor to this pumpkin syrup!

Spices: cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, ground cloves, ground allspice. I like to have control of how much of each spice I'm adding to a recipe so I don't use pumpkin pie spice in this recipe. However, you can substitute pumpkin pie spice for all of these spices!

Coffee Liqueur: This is the boozy element in the drink. Not time to start drinking? No worries! You can simply leave out the liqueur.

Espresso: 2 ounces of espresso can be replaced with 4 ounces of very strong coffee.

Milk: Any type of milk will work in this recipe!

Toppings: Whipped cream & freshly grated nutmeg.


To make the pumpkin syrup, add 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice in a small saucepan. You could also use 1 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice in place of all the individual seasonings. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove saucepan from heat the moment the mixture begins to simmer. Let cool.

Now add 2 ounces of coffee liqueur, 2 ounces of cooled espresso (or 4 ounces strong coffee), and 2 ounces of the cooled pumpkin simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes. Shake for about 10 seconds until chilled. Strain into a glass.

Stir in 4 ounces of milk. Top with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg. Cheers!


Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza with Spicy Fig Jam; Okay, these two recipes may not go together taste-wise, but if you want to keep up with the A Nightmare on Elm Street theme, this pizza is a must. I suggest eating the pizza first then enjoying this coffee cocktail as an after-dinner dessert!


Can you leave out the alcohol?
Absolutely! This coffee still tastes really great without the booze, and it's all thanks to that delicious pumpkin simple syrup. Just simply leave out the liqueur and follow the recipe the exact same way.

How else can I use this pumpkin simple syrup?
This pumpkin syrup can go into almost any coffee drink! It works in iced coffees, and it also can be added to hot coffees for a tasty pumpkin flavor. Okay, and it's also good on food- think pancakes. YUM.

How long can I keep the pumpkin simple syrup in the fridge?
If you don't end up using all of the syrup, you can store it in the fridge for up to a week. Also if you have leftover pumpkin puree, it freezes really well!

For this recipe:

Boozy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Boozy Iced Pumpkin Coffee

This boozy pumpkin spice coffee is made with a homemade brown sugar pumpkin spice simple syrup, strong coffee or espresso, coffee liqueur, and milk. It's topped with whipped cream and shaved nutmeg for the perfect fall pick-me-up.

By Laura Bullock | Laura The Gastronaut

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 serving


For Pumpkin Syrup:

• 1/2 cup (4 ounces or 113 grams) pumpkin puree
• 1/2 cup (100 grams) brown sugar, light or dark
• 1/2 cup (118 mL) water
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

For Iced Pumpkin Coffee:

• 2 ounces espresso, or 4 ounces strong coffee
• 2 ounces coffee liqueur
• 2 ounces pumpkin syrup
• 4 ounces milk
Whipped cream, for topping
Grated nutmeg, for topping


1. Make Pumpkin Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine pumpkin puree, brown sugar, water, and spices. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. As soon as the mixture begins to simmer, remove from heat. Set aside and let cool.
2. Make Iced Pumpkin Coffee: In cocktail shaker, combine espresso (or strong coffee), coffee liqueur, 2 ounces pumpkin syrup with a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds until chilled. Strain into glass.
3. Stir in milk. Top with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg.



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Category: Cocktails, Fall

Keywords: coffee cocktail, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin simple syrup, boozy pumpkin coffee


Bon appétit!

October 18, 2021 by Laura Bullock

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