When I saw Bonnie's recipe for Autumn Spice Latte over on "Going Home to Roost" I knew I would have to try it out this fall. It sounded similar to a pumpkin spice latte. I've been a little over budget in the coffee department recently and figured it would be a good idea to avoid going to Starbucks again. Since we recently gave up our latte machine (it wasn't seeing any action around here), I made a spin off of the origonal with drip coffee and half and half. And I switched the spice ratio a little, since I don't have whole cloves at the moment. This is really easy to make, took about 7 minutes and it does make the place smell delicious!
In small sauce pan combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Add 1 tsp vanilla and let boil 1 minute, allowing the alcohol to boil off. Turn down to a simmer and add your spices. I used 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger and 1/4 tsp ground cloves. Simmer for about 5 minutes, add to your preferred form of coffee and enjoy!