It’s that time of year again. The time when pumpkin spice lattes are back in full force, and everyone is dreaming of warm, cozy days by the fire.
But many people don’t know that you can transform this fall staple into the perfect fall-inspired drink.
Pumpkin spice mocha is a sweet twist on the classic lattes you order at your local coffee shop. If you’re looking to update your favorite fall drink, look no further than this recipe.
What is a pumpkin spice mocha?
A pumpkin spice mocha is a drink made with freshly brewed espresso coffee, whole milk, homemade chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and topped with pumpkin spice mix!
This beverage is like a hug in a cup: great for when you want to feel cozy and warm, but also one that can lift your spirits.
A regular mocha is already great for making you feel warm, but we all love pumpkin spice this time of year, which makes this recipe perfect.
Below, I’ll talk in-depth about the ingredients used, how to make your own chocolate sauce, and pumpkin spice mix!
What ingredients are in a pumpkin spice mocha?
This pumpkin spice mocha is easy to make and requires just a few ingredients, most of which you can make at home:
- Whole milk
- Espresso coffee
- Chocolate sauce
- Whipped cream
- Pumpkin spice mix
The whole milk is used to create the fullest flavor possible. You can also choose lower-fat milk instead or opt to use a milk alternative that you love.
Adding whipped cream to this drink is optional, but it’s the perfect addition, as it holds the spices for this drink. It also creates a sweeter flavor, which makes this a perfectly sweetened drink.
Below, I’ll talk more about the best coffee to use. After that, I’ve listed the recipe card. Then, I’ll go over the homemade chocolate sauce and pumpkin spice mix.
What is the best coffee to use?
To make this into a flavorful drink, you’ll need great-tasting coffee. You can choose to use different coffees as the basis for this drink.
You can use strong-brewed coffee, or you can use a single or double espresso shot. Depending on your preference and the coffee brewer you have at home, you can brew the coffee you like the most.
I prefer using a double espresso shot for this recipe because I like my coffee strong. If you prefer a sweeter coffee, a single espresso shot will suffice.
If you’d rather not use espresso coffee, then freshly brewed coffee with a brewing technique you like the most will work perfectly.
The coffee brewer I like to use is the Chemex, Hario V60, and the French press. All coffee brewers will make amazing coffee that works great as the basis for this drink.
Tip: If you want to make your home-brewed coffee taste better, you can check out these six tips I have to do so!
Pumpkin Spice Mocha
This easy-to-make pumpkin spice mocha is the perfect drink for the fall season!
- 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of whole milk
- A single or double espresso shot
- 2 tbsp (30 grams) of chocolate sauce
- A serving of whipped cream
- Dusting of pumpkin spice mix
After you've prepared the homemade chocolate sauce and pumpkin spice mix, it's time to assemble this amazing drink!
- Begin brewing your coffee. I'm using two espresso shots, but you can also use brewed coffee.
- While your coffee is brewing, grab a tall glass.
- Steam the whole milk.
- Add the chocolate sauce to the glass.
- Pour the coffee into the glass.
- Add a dusting of the pumpkin spice mix to the coffee and chocolate sauce and give it a quick stir.
- Pour the steamed milk into the glass.
- Add a serving of whipped cream to your coffee and finish the drink with another dusting of the pumpkin spice mix.
You've just made a fantastic pumpkin spice mocha. Serve it with a straw, so you can stir the ingredients together and enjoy!
You can adjust the sweetness of your drink by adding more or less chocolate sauce. It's up to you to make a drink that suits your flavor perfectly!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5.2gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 10.5gSugar: 10.4gProtein: 4g
How to make the homemade pumpkin spice mix
The pumpkin spice mix is easy to make at home. It requires just a few spices, and you can make as much as you’d like.
You can also use a pre-mixed pumpkin spice that you can buy in the supermarket to save some time.
To make a homemade pumpkin spice mix, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 20 grams of ground cinnamon
- 10 grams of ground ginger
- 5 grams of ground cloves
- 2 grams of ground nutmeg
- 2 grams of ground black pepper
Collect all the spices and give them a good mix in a bowl. After combining the spices, the mix is ready to use!
This recipe makes a big batch, so you always have some leftovers. You can make around ten drinks with this recipe.
You can also use the spices to make a few more pumpkin spice recipes. Have a look below for a few recipes you should try:
How to make homemade chocolate sauce
The chocolate sauce used for this recipe can be store-bought, or you can make it at home.
If you don’t want to make the chocolate sauce at home, any store-bought chocolate sauce will work. Just make sure it’s not too sweet, as you don’t want the sauce to be too overpowering.
Homemade chocolate sauce is made using equal parts white granulated sugar, water, and cocoa powder.
This is placed on the stove until combined. After cooling, you can use it for many recipes! It looks like this when finished:
If you want to learn how to make this easy chocolate sauce, you can check out the full recipe here.
How many calories are in this drink?
This pumpkin spice mocha has a total of 163 calories. The calories come from different ingredients. Have a look below for the full breakdown:
- The whole milk has a total of 73 calories.
- A serving of whipped cream adds 51 calories to this drink.
- The homemade chocolate sauce make up for 38 calories.
As you can see, whole milk adds a lot of calories to the drink. If you want to lower the calories, I suggest using low-fat milk instead.
You can also use a milk alternative that you love. Let me know if you find a great combination, as I’d love to give it a try!
This article has given you all the ingredients and instructions to make your own pumpkin spice mocha. Now it’s up to you!
Get out there, grab some of these spices for yourself, whip up a batch (or two), and enjoy this delicious drink with friends or family at home on a chilly fall day.
I hope that this simple recipe will inspire more people to try their hand at making this seasonal favorite. You can check out even more seasonal favorites I’ve listed below!
Do you love the combination of chocolate and spices? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!