But what gets me going a lot more than a coffee drink, is a chai tea latte. There's something quite warming and exotic about sipping on a milky, spiced tea and I love it.
I've used Steenberg's Gingerbread Chai tea leaves here, but experiment with whatever chai tea you have available. A spoonful of pumpkin blended in adds flavour, thickness and a vitamin A and Beta Carotene kick - a perfect, hot, frothy pick me up that's definitely not just for Halloween.
Pumpkin Chai Latte
Fill a mug three-quarters full with hot water and steep 1 tsp chai tea leaves in for a few minutes until it's at your desired strength. Strain, and top with milk. Tip the lot into saucepan and add 1 tsp pumpkin purée (I used tinned, although you could make it yourself from scratch) and 1 tsp golden caster sugar. Blend until smooth, straining the mixture if you don't want the risk of finding any grainy pumpkin bits. Reheat gently, tasting and adding more sugar if needed. Serve, sprinkled with a little cinnamon if you like.