- I was a Starbucks barista for nearly a year, so I've tasted plenty of the popular seasonal items.
- Pumpkin Spice Lattes return every year for a reason, but the pumpkin-cream cold brew is good, too.
- I'm a fan of the year-round pumpkin loaf and the seasonal pumpkin-cream-cheese muffin.
You can't go wrong with any of Starbucks' cold foams, but this is a customization you need to try, especially when the fall weather hits.
Instead of regular vanilla syrup, a few pumps of chai syrup are added to the heavy whipping cream.
I'm always surprised by the first sip, when the chai foam perfectly combines with the cold brew, making for a well-sweetened coffee with a spicy kick.
There's a reason the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns annually.
Whether hot or cold, it's consistently enjoyable. The pumpkin-spice syrup cuts the bitterness of the espresso shots and seamlessly blends with the creaminess of the milk.
It's not fall until I order this staple.
If you're looking for a sweet cold brew, the pumpkin cream is a great way to add some fall flavoring.
Similar to the chai cold foam, it lightly flavors your coffee.
If you prefer a stronger coffee with less milk, step away from the PSL and substitute it with the pumpkin-cream cold brew.
The cinnamon-dolce latte tastes a lot like a vanilla one, but the dolce syrup adds a spicy twist.
I don't know what it is, but I always associate cinnamon with colder seasons, so once temperatures drop, I'm ready to order this.
Plus, since the drink isn't seasonal, you don't have to let it go if you fall in love with it.
I'm all for any of Starbucks' Frappuccino flavors, but if you're looking for an autumn-themed treat, I suggest trying the pumpkin-spice version.
It tastes the least like pumpkin compared to any of the other flavored drinks, so it's a safe bet for skeptics.
But beware: It's absolutely on the sweeter side.
The pumpkin loaf is one of my absolute favorite pastries year-round, but especially in the fall months.
The pumpkin seeds on top make for a nice little crunch, and the entire loaf perfectly pairs with the pumpkin-flavored drinks.
Don't forget to ask for it warmed up. This way, it'll be perfectly soft and moist.
The pumpkin-cream-cheese muffin tastes nearly identical to the pumpkin loaf, but its creamy center is the star of the show.
The sweet cream cheese keeps everything gooey and adds a fun tang.
If you're up for the extra dairy, it's totally worth trying the seasonal item.
If you need a break from pumpkin-flavored drinks, the apple-flavored macchiato is a nice alternative.
Although it didn't make it onto my favorites list, it's still one I recommend everyone try at least once.
The hint of apple mixed with milk and espresso is an interesting combination, to say the least — it's undoubtedly an acquired taste.