Happy HUMP! If you need a little kick to get over this week’s humpday hurdle, this is the right post for you! 😉 I blogged 5 of my favorite refreshing Starbucks drinks back in summer and it was a HIT, yo. So, I figured it was high time for another edition since it’s now officially FALL! One of the most popular transitions with the season is the transition to Starbucks fall drinks. Namely, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I swear every year it launches earlier and earlier now, though, so by the time it’s actually technically fall, some folks are already sick of the ol’ PSL. (I could do them all year, but hey, I get it!). So for anyone stuck feeling, well, stuck at the counter with no clue what to get come fall that’s NOT laced with pumpkin spice, I’ve got five favorite cozy Starbucks fall drinks (not all of which are on the menu in-store) to mix things up when you need that 3 o’clock pickmeup.
And because it was ALSO a hit, I’m doing a fun little thing over on my Instastories today. I’ll be posting a gift card to my stories when the first picture you see here gets posted to my feed this afternoon. When you see it, hop to my Stories (@ericaligenza) – because Starbucks is on me today! 🙂 Gotta get over the hump day hurdle together, amiright? And a little caffeinated afternoon pickmeup is just the thing. 🙂 So hopefully as many as possible of you will be able to try cozy Starbucks fall drinks on me! The gift card will work until it runs out, so pleasepleaseplease only get ONE DRINK to treat yo’self and not the whole neighborhood. 😉 Thankyoukindly. And ENJOY!
Also totally RANDOM P.S. before hopping into coffee – another fall favorite is happening now: ShopBop’s big fall sale! Use code STOCKUP19 at checkout to get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off anything over $500+. Linking some pieces that I own from ShopBop below + a few on my wishlist. THEN onto caffeinating (before shopping). 😉
1.) Cinnamon Pumpkin Chai Latte
This is the drink that J + I are currently hooked on! One of our local Starbucks locations inside a grocery store concocted it and said it’s “exclusive” to them – ha! When we first saw the sign, I asked the barista how sweet it was, and he likened it to “drinking a Yankee candle.” So we took his suggestion and got Ventis with HALF the amount of flavoring, and they were ~perfect~ and did NOT taste like potpourri. 😉
Another option for a healthier alternative comes from @themacrobarista (follow that account on Instagram for some incredible swap-tions!):
- Organic Chai Tea, steamed almond milk, + a half pump of pumpkin (and then cinnamon on top).
2.) Caramel Apple Spice
One of my personal favorites, and it’s caffeine-free! It’s just Starbucks take on an apple cider, and it’s so fall my tastebuds are all about it. It’s literally just steamed, fresh pressed apple juice with cinnamon syrup! Plus whipped cream + caramel drizzle on top. YUM.
3.) Latte with one pump Toffee Nut
It’s juuuuust enough flavor to be a little kick to your usual latte, it’s still health-friendly, and the nuttiness of the flavoring adds a hint of fall. 🙂 I typically get mine with skim milk and one pump for a Grande.
4.) Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato
From the Secret Menu! It’s essentially a Caramel Macchiato with vanilla + cinnamon dolce syrups added. If you’re like me and don’t like things too sweet, though, just get half pumps across the board! Either one pump of each flavor, or literally one half of a pump per flavor.
5.) Raspberry Hot Chocolate OR Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate
Two non-espresso options that will still warm your soul. 🙂 A Snickerdoodle hot chocolate is white hot chocolate mocha and cinnamon dolce syrup. And then the former is literally a hot chocolate with raspberry syrup added for a fruity twist!
6.) Medicine Ball Tea
A bonus for good luck. 😉 Or maybe justbecause I came down with a little cold this week (joy). Ha! They’re a Starbucks Secret Menu classic, combining two types of tea with lemonade for what tastes + feels like the ultimate drink when you’re under the weather. BUT if you’re looking for a healthier (+ cheaper!) option to make at home, I blogged my personal favorite one here (it’s got 80% less sugar than Starbs!)!
What are your favorite cozy Starbucks fall drinks?
Have you tried any of my personal favorites yet? If not, I hope you’re able to today with Starbucks Stories on me! 😉