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Ditch The PSL: 5 New Drinks to “Fall” For


By Jordan Auzenne

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The Pumpkin Spice Latte is about the closest we get to leaves changing color here in Austin. To honor the birthday of its iconic drink, Starbucks is offering free pumpkin spiced whipped cream on every PSL this weekend. However, if drinking a jack-o-lantern isn’t your forte, here are some Starbucks drinks you can order that will both honor fall and feel like a cozy sweater for your taste buds.

The Maple Pecan Latte



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A new drink on the menu, this rich espresso with nutty undertones is a mixture of maple syrup, brown butter, and raw sugar topping. The latte tastes like a warm slice of pecan pie, perfect for those who can’t wait for Thanksgiving dinner. However, getting it cold tastes just like buttered pecan ice cream, so if you gravitate towards frappés, this drink is for you!


The Salted Caramel Mocha


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A blend of mocha and toffee nut, it’s the sea salt on top that makes this drink feel like a perfect little pretzel. The mocha makes it a great caffeinated version of hot chocolate, so you can get through those late nights of studying without feeling like you’re going to have a heart attack if you drink one more sip.

The Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte


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We all know that feeling. We try the latest Starbucks creation only to regret it one sip in. However, just a few pumps of pumpkin turn this classic into an entirely new drink. Plus the chai spices balance the pumpkin perfectly so it doesn’t taste like you’re drinking baby food. It’s also great for people who only want a little caffeine or don’t want to admit to their friends that they are actually obsessed with fall. Plus, it tastes even better iced!

The Caramel Apple Spice


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This overlooked classic finally has its time to shine! A blend of steamed apple juice and cinnamon syrup, complemented with whipped cream and caramel drizzle, this drink is as close to cider as Starbucks can get. And if you’re thinking “Wait… no caffeine?” You’re absolutely right! Order this if you still want the warmth and coziness of a Starbucks drink without the sleepless side effects.

The Pina Colada Tea Infusion


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If you find yourself longing for the lost days of summer, you’re in luck! It’s still 90 degrees outside! In addition, Starbucks has created a black tea pineapple infusion with creamy coconut milk that tastes like summer in a cup. This drink will throw you back to your sunny vacation while you hike your way to that 8 a.m.

Even if you hate the taste of pumpkin water, we can all unite around something: a need for caffeine! So go forth and celebrate fall, one overpriced cup of coffee at a time!