Mama, this holiday season, whether you need a pick me up (pumpkin spice latte!) or a settle down (a pumpkin spice mocktail!), we’ve got you covered.

We know you could use a little help sometimes. So, we’ve put our favorite fall flavor–pumpkin spice– into a simple syrup. Make it ahead of time and voilà! You’ve got the main ingredient ready anytime it’s time for a treat. (Which is all the time, amirite?)



Start with the Pumpkin Spice syrup:

⅓ cup pumpkin puree fresh or canned

1 cup sugar or Splenda

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 ¼ cups water

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon cloves

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk together until the sugar melts. Continue to whisk for 5 minutes until the mixture thickens and will cover the back of a spoon. Bottle and refrigerate.

For a refreshing mocktail: combine 1 ounce Pumpkin Spice Syrup, 1 ounce lime juice, and 4 ounces ginger beer over ice. For extra festive points, serve in a copper mug with a lime garnish.

Bonus! For your own home-made Pumpkin Spiced Latte: add one ounce (or more!) to your favorite coffee drink.


Mamas, Lily and Llama knows it is all about planning ahead. Just like our pre-packed hospital bags, have this ready to go ahead of time. All you have to do when the moment strikes, is grab and go! Try out the Mama’s Helper, and share your creations with us on Instagram at @lilyandllama.

November 29, 2021 — Michelle Conarty