This Homemade Winter Spice Syrup is the perfect way to make spiced lattes at home! This healthier homemade coffee syrup is refined sugar-free, sweetened with maple syrup, and flavored with cinnamon, cloves, and orange.

This year for Christmas, my partner got us an espresso machine. A fancy one. It’s sent me on a journey of learning an entirely new espresso lingo and becoming obsessed with making a perfect espresso. But in the meantime, they almost all taste good as a latte. Which means: it’s time for more homemade coffee syrups!

I love the flavors I’ve made before. This healthy pumpkin spice syrup started my love of homemade coffee syrups, and the apple syrup solidified it. This winter, I made a gingerbread spice syrup that’s now firmly in the rotation.

But one of my favorite local coffee shops makes a winter spice latte, and I was determined to recreate the syrup they use so I could make my own winter spice lattes at home. While I’m not sure of their exact ingredients, I do know that what I created is similar in taste, easy to make, and absolutely delicious.

With the warm, wintery flavors of maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, and orange, this winter spice latte is going to be your new favorite way to sip on your coffee. It’s also great with milk or tea if you don’t drink coffee (or for the kids). Hope you love it!

Ingredients for winter spice syrup

  • Water: I use filtered water to thin out the syrup.
  • Maple Syrup: for sweetness! You can use another sugar if preferred (or another liquid sweetener) but I love the flavor of the maple syrup. If using a granulated sweetener, add 1/2 cup more of water.
  • Orange Zest & Juice: the fresh orange flavor infused by the zest and juice add an extra dimension of citrus notes that make this syrup so delicious.
  • Ground Cinnamon & Cloves: you can also use whole cinnamon sticks and cloves to infuse the flavors of the spices.
  • Vanilla Extract: stir this in at the end for the most vanilla flavor.

How to make winter spice coffee syrup

Combine the water, maple syrup, spices, orange juice & zest in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer.

Let cook at a low boil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until very slightly thickened.

Remove from the heat and add vanilla extract. Let cool for a few minutes.

Use a strainer to remove any bits of spice & zest, and pour into a jar for storage.

How to store homemade syrups

Store this winter spice syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

How to make a homemade winter spice latte

Making winter spice lattes is one of my favorite things to do with this homemade winter spice syrup! To make one:

  1. Warm milk of choice in the microwave, heat in a frother (this milk frother is the one I use), or use the steam wand of your espresso machine.
  2. If you’re using a milk frother or steam wand, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of spiced syrup to milk while it froths. If heating in the microwave, add the gingerbread syrup after the milk is heated and use a handheld frother or whisk to mix it in.
  3. Pour the spiced milk over espresso or coffee and enjoy immediately!

Want more coffee syrups?

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Make your own Healthy Pumpkin Spice Syrup, perfect for making your own vegan pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin chai lattes, or for drizzling on top of pancakes! It’s dairy-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.

Homemade Gingerbread Syrup

This Homemade Gingerbread Syrup is the perfect way to make healthier gingerbread lattes at home! It’s refined sugar-free and sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar. So good drizzled on pancakes, waffles, and ice cream!

How To Make Homemade Apple Syrup

Follow these easy instructions to make delicious apple syrup at home. It’s perfect for mixing into drinks, drizzling on pancakes and waffles, or adding to oatmeal! Made with just 2 simple ingredients (with some options for extra flavor) it’s easy and quick to make on the stovetop in a saucepan.

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Winter Spice Syrup

  • Author: Rachel Conners
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1½ cups syrup 1x
  • Category: Syrups
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Homemade Winter Spice Syrup is the perfect way to make spiced lattes at home! This healthier homemade coffee syrup is refined sugar-free, sweetened with maple syrup, and flavored with cinnamon, cloves, and orange.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup maple syrup (you can also use a granulated sweetener like brown sugar, coconut sugar, etc. If so, increase water to 1 cup)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves (you can also infuse with whole cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • One orange, zested and juiced

Instructions

  1. Combine the water, maple syrup, spices, orange juice & zest in a saucepan. Stir to mix in the spices and bring to a simmer.
  2. Let cook at a simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until very slightly thickened. It will thicken up a little bit more as it cools.
  3. Remove from the heat and add vanilla extract. Let cool for a few minutes.
  4. Use a strainer to remove any bits of spice & zest (I like to use a funnel with a strainer to do this all in one step), and pour it into a jar for storage.
  5. Use a tablespoon or two in all of your favorite lattes, add it to tea, or steam it with warm milk for a cozy drink!
  6. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Keywords: coffee syrup, spice syrup, winter spice, orange spice

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