A warm and inviting Autumn Spice Cafe Latte, made without pumpkin. Cinnamon, star anise, lemon, nutmeg, cloves and peppercorns flavor an easy simple syrup that you can use in coffee and espresso drinks. (via

Autumn Spice Cafe Latte

  • Author: Susannah Brinkley
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 latte 1x
  • Category: Beverage


A warm and inviting Autumn Spice Cafe Latte, made without pumpkin. Use whole spices to flavor an easy simple syrup for coffee and espresso drinks.


For Autumn Spice Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 1-inch piece of lemon zest

For the latte

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon autumn spice simple syrup
  • 1/3 cup freshly brewed espresso
  • ground cinnamon
  • star anise, for garnish


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and water. Add cloves, black peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, star anise and lemon zest. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a low simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store syrup in an airtight container without zest, star anise, cloves and peppercorns.
  2. In another saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the milk. Using a wire whisk, stir the milk briskly to create foam.
  3. Brew espresso. To a large latte mug, add simple syrup and espresso. Pour in the milk, restraining the foam with a spoon. Spoon the foam over top. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Garnish with cinnamon stick or star anise if desired.