Bring water to a boil in a small sauce pan. Once boiling, stir in the sugar and let it boil until it starts to thicken slightly. If it's not thickening, add more sugar.
Once it takes on a syrup-like texture, remove the pan from the heat. Add in all of the spices and mix well. Lastly, stir in the vanilla extract. Let it cool and place in a storage jar or container. Set aside.
Pull your espresso shots, and place inside your desired drinking glass. Add the simple syrup first to the espresso and stir until completely dissolved.
Next, add the milk, ice cubes, and whipped cream (if desired!). Enjoy!
Serving Size 1 cup