Sometimes referred to in Jamaica as “pimento” (Spanish for “pepper”), allspice got its name because its flavor shares some of the characteristics of these three spices along with that of peppercorns.
Best Allspice Substitute
Best Bet: Cloves, Nutmeg & Cinnamon
The blend of these spices can therefore create a reasonable approximation of allspice’s complex flavor. The most popular blend recipe is a combination of all three spices in equal amounts. If you recipe calls for a teaspoon of allspice, you would use a teaspoon of this blend in its place. You can omit the nutmeg or try two parts cinnamon for one part each of nutmeg and cloves. Some blends include a pinch of black pepper.
Second Choice: Pumpkin Pie Spice
Most pumpkin pie spice blends include allspice along with other spices like ginger, cinnamon and cloves. The fact that allspice is one of the ingredients in pumpkin pie spice is one reason that it makes a good allspice substitute. Pumpkin pie spice is a one to one substitute, so you would use exactly the same amount of it that your recipe specifies for allspice.
Last Resort: Cloves
The powerful flavor of cloves has much in common with the flavor of allspice. However, it is important to note that the pungency of cloves can easily overpower other more delicate flavors. When using ground cloves as an allspice substitute, you will need to use less of the cloves. If your recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of allspice, you will need to use 1/2 a teaspoon of ground clove.