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The Best Fall Drinks Around Campus

Let me set the scene: you’re walking around campus, the temperature is finally cool enough so you can wear a sweater without dying of heat exhaustion and you’re listening to that fall playlist you’ve been curating for months. It’s a perfect fall day at UT, yet you still feel that you’re missing something…

Of course! How could you forget the perfect fall drink? Fall is all about 2 things: cute outfits and cozying up with the best fall drink. Luckily, Austin has a large variety of coffee shops to choose from. Here are some of my top picks for the best fall drinks that you can get near UT:  

Medici Roasting

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Cinnamon Sugar Freddo 

Espresso with brown sugar and cinnamon. If cinnamon and sugar isn’t a fall pairing, then what is? 

Autumn Leaves

Cold brew mixed with Earl Grey tea and lavender, sweetened with honey. I know this doesn’t sound like your typical fall drink, but hear me out— it’s a surprisingly well-made blend of citrus, sweetness, and caffeine!  

Lucky Lab Coffee Co.

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Thai Brew 

Fan of Thai tea, but also need a pick-me-up before your 8 a.m. class? This drink is a perfect mix of warm spices and caffeine to get you through the day.

Maple Cinnamon Oat Cold Brew

If you could pour the spirit of fall into a cup, it would taste exactly like this drink. Maple, cinnamon and oat milk work so well together! 


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Starbucks  Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato 

A golden trio of apple, cinnamon and caramel drizzle. At first I was worried this drink would be too sweet, like most Starbucks drinks, but don’t worry— it’s a perfect blend of coffee with a crisp apple taste! 

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

It’s basic, I know, but how could I leave it off this list? Pumpkin spice is the epitome of fall flavors. Instead of getting a usual pumpkin spiced latte, though, try this cold brew for an extra boost of caffeine. 

Whether it’s a spicy and warm espresso or an ice-cold apple macchiato, there’s a drink for everyone. Soon, when the leaves change and the temperature drops, you’ll be craving the perfect fall drink to match the mood. Now that I’ve given you the knowledge of the best fall drinks, go out and take on the season!

Lucky Lab Hosts Tailgate Celebration For Eighth Birthday

Photo by Jessica Garcia

“Let’s meet at Lucky Lab” is a common phrase heard among UT students. Located across the street from the UT campus, Lucky Lab Coffee Co. is a place where students can meet up with friends or finish some homework while enjoying their favorite drinks. 

On September 18, Lucky Lab hosted a tailgate to celebrate its eighth birthday, with $1 cold brew, rescue pups, live music and more. Here’s a recap of the event.

The Drinks

Photo by Jessica Garcia

To celebrate, Lucky Lab offered $1 cold brew from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. — an offer that sounded almost too good to be true. A long line formed inside and outside, with people excited to enjoy the promotion and the event. While a $1 cold brew sounded great, I bought an iced chai latte instead with a strawberry hand-pie. There’s no wrong purchase at Lucky Lab.

The Pups

Photo by Jessica Garcia

The tailgate raised money for Austin Pets Alive, an animal shelter that helps keep Austin a no-kill city. Patrons had the option to add a donation to APA! when they ordered. By donating, they got access to yard games where they could win raffle prizes. APA! also brought dogs to pet and take pictures with — what better way to spend a Saturday morning than drinking an ice-cold cold brew surrounded by dogs?  

The Music

Photo by Jessica Garcia

Local singer-songwriter Sidney Scott also performed at the event. There is something about hearing live music at a coffee shop that puts people in a good mood, and that is precisely what Scott did. While people drank their beverages and enjoyed the celebration, Scott performed various songs, sharing her talent and passion for music with everyone in attendance.    

And More

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The fun did not stop there! With face painting and a cute background to take pictures, Lucky Lab presented guests with many ways to celebrate its eighth birthday and support Austin Pets Alive. Lucky Lab has united people through coffee and furry friends for eight years, and the tailgate showed Lucky Lab’s love and appreciation for its customers. 

Check out @luckylabatx on Instagram and plan your next visit soon!

Featured Image by Lauren Breach