“Pumpkin Spice Latte Season”

"Pumpkin Spice Latte Season" (Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash)

Enjoying a pumpkin spice drink is as American as apple pie nowadays. As soon as the calendar changes from summer to fall, pumpkin-flavored everything begins to pop up everywhere. One of the more popular tasty delights people get their hands on when the weather turns cooler are pumpkin spice drinks. It’s essentially fall in a cup and makes you feel all warm and cozy. StudyFinds decided to look into the best pumpkin spice drinks out there that might tickle your taste buds as autumn rolls around.

Millions of Americans will soon be embracing the pumpkin spice drinks, but can you enjoy fall flavors no matter the weather? A study reveals that 48 percent of people believe you can enjoy seasonal favorites year-round, including 43 percent who indulge in pumpkin spice drinks all the time. Not surprisingly, the study found that the overall favorite season is fall (32%), with 69 percent saying that time of year has the best seasonal flavors.

Even though fall is the favorite season to many, it might be stunning to learn that pumpkin spice or cooler temperatures aren’t the biggest reasons why people love autumn. A OnePoll survey reveals 51 percent say fall foliage is the season’s biggest draw. The weather overall finished just behind the turning of the leaves, with 45 percent saying they love the chill in the fall air.

There are so many seasonal treats hitting menus as the seasons turn, making it hard to choose. With fall right around the corner, StudyFinds found the top five best pumpkin spice drinks to put to your lips. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

The List: Best Pumpkin Spice Drinks, According to Experts

1. Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s not shocking to learn that the Pumpkin Spice Latte is the favorite among foodies. And you don’t even have to go to your favorite Starbucks to get a tasty one. “I’m pretty sure there’s a law against having a list of pumpkin drinks and not putting pumpkin spice lattes on it, so I decided to make that my first entry,” writes Insanely Good. “This drink has all the rich, creamy spiciness that you know and love, and it smells just as fantastic as it tastes. Best of all, you can save a ton of money by skipping the Starbucks line and making it at home in less than 15 minutes.”

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (Photo by Nathan J Hilton on Pixels)

The Pioneer Woman has a great recipe for a classic Pumpkin Spice Latte. “You can be your own barista with this recipe for a classic PSL. And the best part is that it takes just five minutes to make! Mornings have never been cozier.”

But we won’t be mad at you if you wanted to go to Starbucks to get your Pumpkin Spice Latte on. Try it with the blonde espresso to sweeten it up. “The drink that started the pumpkin spice craze, Pumpkin Spice Latte was first introduced in 2003,” notes Coffee at Three. “Order this latte at ‘kid’s temperature’ if you want it to be made at a slightly lower temperature so you can drink it right away. Customize it by getting blonde espresso instead of their signature dark roast if you want it to be a little sweeter.”

2. Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Not every pumpkin drink has to be warm to get that fall feel. The Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew has become a fan favorite. “One of the latest additions to the Starbucks menu is the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew,” writes Barista HQ. “It’s quickly becoming another pumpkin-based coffee classic at Starbucks, and one of the best pumpkin spice drinks around. It’s made with Starbucks cold brew coffee, vanilla syrup, a pumpkin cream cold foam on top containing real pumpkin, and some pumpkin spice sauce topping.”

Starbucks Pumpkin Cold Brew
Starbucks Pumpkin Cold Brew

“As the drink sits, the pumpkin-flavored foam slowly seeps into the cold brew. Eventually, the drink takes on a flavor similar to the iced pumpkin spice latte when you take a sip,” notes Restaurant Clicks. “However, at first sip, you’re greeted with a pillowy cloud of delicious pumpkin-spice foam that’s sweetness is undercut by the bitterness from the cold brew.”

And you don’t need to go to Starbucks to get your hands on this. The Pioneer Woman provided this recipe for Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew fans.

3. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is better known as a winter drink, but fall-it-up with some pumpkin spice! “This chocolatey drink tastes great and will certainly put anyone in a good fall mood,” writes Spoon University. “The almost bitter chocolate taste mixed with the sweet pumpkin spice syrup creates a wonderful blend and tastes even better than a regular Starbucks hot chocolate. I would definitely recommend this drink for a sweet treat that will warm you up in the fall! This is def one of the best pumpkin spice combos out there.”

Swiss Miss Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Swiss Miss Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

“A classic hot chocolate combined with the flavors of fall with the pumpkin spice sauce. This is a great caffeine-free drink, for kids and for anyone who needs a caffeine-free pumpkin pick-me-up,” notes Coffee Levels. “Although the chocolate and the cocoa might still contain a trace amount of caffeine.”

If you want to mix it up, try a Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate that you can make at home with this recipe provided by Drivin’ & Vibin’. “Try crafting your very own spiced pumpkin white hot chocolate for a decadent pumpkin treat. Plus, you’re home, so you can add an extra kick to it with alcohol if you desire. All you need are white chocolate chips, milk, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spices. Cooking these up together makes for a delectable treat homemade by you. You can then add in a shot of Kahlua or bourbon and a generous dollop of whip cream with a drizzle of caramel on top.”

4. Pumpkin Chai Latte

Another favorite Starbucks drink that can fill you up and get you warm this fall is the Pumpkin Chai Latte. “The pumpkin chai latte is an interesting drink that combines chai spice with pumpkin spice,” writes Era of We. “Both drinks have spices in common, like cinnamon and ginger. The pumpkin chai latte isn’t on the main menu, so you’ll have to ask your barista for a chai latte with 2-3 pumps of pumpkin spice syrup. The resulting drink is warm and comforting, perfect for cozy fall coffee sessions.”

“A warm and cozy chai tea drink makes a great coffee alternative,” says The Pioneer Woman. “It’s loaded with fall spices—like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, allspice, and cloves—that pair perfectly with pumpkin.”

Insanely Good shares a recipe on making your own Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte. “If you want a Starbucks-worthy drink, but coffee isn’t your thing, make this pumpkin spice chai latte instead. You get the same excellent caffeine boost and all the spice, but you’ll enjoy the lighter, less intense base of chai tea instead of coffee.”

5. Harry Potter’s Pumpkin Juice

Expecto patronum! Harry Potter fans will go through Voldemort to get this pumpkin juice at Starbucks. “This sweet and savory drink is a must-try pumpkin drink for all Harry Potter fans,” writes Coffee Levels. “The secret menu version is an iced apple juice base drink modified with pumpkin spice sauce.”

“A sweet and tasty drink kids may love, especially if they’re fans of Harry Potter,” notes Coffee at Three. “Refreshing, ice-cold pumpkin juice is mentioned in the books and this Starbucks secret menu version is a modified apple juice with pumpkin spice sauce.”

Want to make it at your Hogwarts house? Try this recipe provided by Insanely Good. “We can’t talk about pumpkin drinks without paying tribute to pumpkin juice from Harry Potter. This recipe will help you make it. With apple cider, pumpkin puree, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and about 5 minutes, you can whip up this fun, HP-themed drink with no trouble. Honestly, it has more apple flavor than pumpkin, but it’s pretty and sweet, and everyone loves it, anyway.”

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About Matt Higgins

Matt Higgins worked in national and local news for 15 years. He started out as an overnight production assistant at Fox News Radio in 2007 and ended in 2021 as the Digital Managing Editor at CBS Philadelphia. Following his news career, he spent one year in the automotive industry as a Digital Platforms Content Specialist contractor with Subaru of America and is currently a freelance writer and editor for StudyFinds. Matt believes in facts, science and Philadelphia sports teams crushing his soul.

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