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Horchata Pumpkin Spice Latte

Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 17 mins
Course beverage
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6


  • Blender
  • Pressure cooker
  • Spice grinder


  • 1 cup rice aromatic variety
  • 1 cinnamon stick 2"
  • 250 g pumpkin peeled, cubed
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar

For pumpkin spice

  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 4-5 cloves

To make the latte

  • 1/4 cup milk dairy / plant based
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee less, if you don't want it strong
  • 1/2 cup prepared horchata mix
  • sugar as needed


  • Rinse rice multiple times and soak along with cinnamon stick in a bowl of water for 4-5 hours.
  • Drain the rice and cinnamon. Transfer to a blender. Blend along with 500 ml water to get smooth milk-like consistency.
  • Pass this mixture through a muslin lined sieve. Discard the coarse particles. This is the horchata.
  • To prepare pumpkin puree, pressure cook the cubed pumpkin for 2 minutes with 1/4 cup water. When cool, remove to a mixer and blend to a puree.
  • To prepare the pumpkin spice mix, combine cinnamon powder, ginger powder, grated nutmeg and cloves in a spice grinder. Grind to a fine powder. You can sieve this powder a couple of times to remove any lumps or larger particles. 
  • To prepare the base mix, combine horchata, pumpkin puree and 1 tsp of pumpkin spice in a pan along with sugar and bring to a gentle simmer. Thin with water if required to get the consistency of milk. This can be refrigerated at this stage or used to prepare any hot or cold pumpkin-spice beverages.
  • To prepare a cup of the horchata pumpkin spice latte, combine 1/4 cup each of milk and 1/2 cup of the horchata mix and heat over a low flame, frothing it well with a coffee frother. Add a pinch of pumpkin spice to this and any extra sugar to your taste.
  • Take 1/4 cup or less of brewed coffee in a cup. Add the heated mixture in the pan to the coffee. Stir. Serve warm.


  • Serve cold instead of hot over ice cubes.
  • Use brewed black tea instead of coffee
  • Omit tea and coffee altogether and use only the horchata and milk.
  • Make it vegan by using oat or almond milk.
  • Use coconut milk instead of milk
  • Add a shot of your fav liquor like Kahlua or Amaretto to your hot or cold beverage.
Keyword beverage, drink, latte, pumpkin spice