It is that time of year again! There’s a chill in the air, sweaters, toast with fresh apple butter, and scenic pumpkin patches popping up on Instagram. You are probably already gearing up for Halloween while you leave summer behind and get out your fall wardrobe.
Of course, we cannot forget enjoying our favorite fall drinks at Starbucks on a crisp fall day. Whether you are looking for apple-cinnamon spice or sweet pumpkin, the best Starbucks fall seasonal drinks come in a flavor everyone loves.
Starbucks drinks have become so synonymous with the fall season that you almost cannot think of fall without imagining a tall warm Pumpkin Spice Latte or a Chai Tea Latte.
So cozy up in your favorite fall sweater and decorate your room with some fake leaf garlands while sipping on some of our picks for the best fall Starbucks drinks!
Several fall flavors at Starbucks have become iconic over the years. Some of those flavors include the following favorites.
Best Fall Drinks at Starbucks
- Apple Crisp Macchiato
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
- Caramel Apple Spice
- Chai Tea Latte
- Pumpkin Spice Macchiato
- Cinnamon Dolce Latte
- Pumpkin Spice Flat White
Apple Crisp Macchiato
The Apple Crisp Macchiato is Starbucks’ latest addition to their fall lineup. It has a lovely, promising name, though we will see if it can stand the test of time against the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the reigning fall drink.
The drink itself almost smells like candy, especially those caramel-covered lollipops. That is a sweet enough smell, but the drink has a healthy balance of apple, cinnamon, and caramel flavors, almost like a candied apple or apple pie. As this is a macchiato, you can expect a heavier espresso taste, but that should not mask the cozy fall flavors in the drink.
As a matter of fact, this is a great drink to get on your way to the apple orchard or perhaps while baking a fresh apple pie.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
This drink is the big one: the drink that everyone talks about during the fall. If you have ever had a warm, fresh piece of pumpkin bread, you will experience the same flavors here. The drink boasts flavors of:
- Warm pumpkin
A Pumpkin Spice Latte is perfect for cozying up in your favorite fall sweater or as a treat on your way to the pumpkin patch with family or friends.
All these flavors, along with warm milk, whipped cream, and pumpkin pie spice, wraps you in a warm blanket on a cool night. Or perhaps it makes you think of all the pumpkin-themed treats you consume on Halloween. Either way, this drink is famous for a reason.
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
The Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew was Starbucks’ latest release in 2019 and has enjoyed a healthy tenure on the menu every fall season since.
The drink uses Starbucks’ Cold Brew, pumpkin cream with real pumpkin, and vanilla. While the orange color of the pumpkin cream is delightful, it does not bleed through to the entire drink. If you plunge your straw right to the bottom, you only taste the cold brew. However, sip directly from the pumpkin cream on top, and the pumpkin flavor bursts to life.
If you prefer your pumpkin drinks less sweet, with a magical burst of pumpkin when you first dive in, the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew may be your new favorite.
Caramel Apple Spice
The cool thing about Starbucks’ fall drinks is that each drink evokes a different fall scene or food. In the case of the Caramel Apple Spice, you might think of a warm glass of apple cider while sitting by an early evening campfire.
Starbucks boasts that the drink comes from fully pressed apple juice, sweetened with cinnamon syrup and a buttery caramel sauce.
Add some whipped cream on top, and the drink is complete. If you love a warm apple pie, the warm apple juice might make you feel like you have just bitten into a fresh slice. You might even ask for a quick pump of sugar-free vanilla syrup to simulate melting vanilla ice cream.
Chai Tea Latte
The very name “chai tea latte” opens all kinds of possibilities for a drink: an iced chai tea latte, a dirty chai tea latte, a skinny chai tea latte, etc. Either way, you will get a heavy chai tea concentrate flavor, which combines an infusion of:
- Black tea
For the Chai Tea Latte, you will taste black tea spiced up with cinnamon and clove, steamed milk, and a helping of foam. The cinnamon and clove flavors make this a fall drink. Plus, the steamed milk helps warm you right up as you walk back out into the chilled fall air.
Pumpkin Spice Macchiato
You actually will not see the Pumpkin Spice Macchiato on the Starbucks menu. It is one of those secret menu items the company likes to dole out sometimes if you know how to order it. Although, in the age of the internet, is anything ever secret anymore?
The Pumpkin Spice Macchiato is a fancy name for the Skinny Caramel Macchiato, with a pump of pumpkin sauce and two pumps of vanilla or sugar-free vanilla. You can ask to substitute coconut milk for extra flavor and then ask for half water and half milk, plus a pumpkin spice topping.
That said, the caramel-pumpkin combination creates the same warm-and-fuzzies as every other fall drink we have explored so far.
In some cases, having two sweet flavors together would cancel them out, but the pumpkin and caramel prove equal matches in this drink. It is the kind of drink you can pick up on your way to a fall activity or when you are home in your flannel pajamas by a warm fire.
Cinnamon Dolce Latte
The Cinnamon Dolce Latte brings maximum sweetness to the table with dashes of cinnamon, brown sugar, and that smooth milky latte flavor. You may especially like the drink if you are a fan of cinnamon or spicier fall drinks.
The sweet flavor is thanks to Starbucks’ special cinnamon-dolce syrup. A few cinnamon-dolce sprinkles on top of the foam help the flavor a little too.
If you attempt to make the Cinnamon Dolce Latte at home, consider spicing the drink up with a bit of nutmeg to complete the fall flavor.
Pumpkin Spice Flat White
Starbucks famously borrowed the flat white drink concept from Australia, a drink that combines two ristretto shots, steamed whole milk, and a latte art dot. Only this time, of course, they have added their famous pumpkin spin to it.
Compared to the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Pumpkin Spice Flat White has a little less sugar, though the pumpkin flavor is considerably heavier (some people say it’s almost like pumpkin filling). In fact, the drink almost has a nog-like consistency, which makes sense since it is a seasonal beverage.
Like the Cinnamon Dolce Latte, it really lays on the sweetness, which might be a little much for some. However, if you are in the market for a significant pumpkin boost and a whole lot of sweet, the Pumpkin Spice Flat White might be the perfect drink for you.
It is difficult to narrow down the best Starbucks fall drinks because they are diverse and delicious. One thing is for sure: the same way some people look forward to McDonald’s releasing the Shamrock Shake every spring, coffee fans look forward all year to adding Starbucks’ fall seasoned drinks to their fall activities.
Time-honored favorites like the Pumpkin Spice Latte and Caramel Apple Spice are so nostalgic and full of fall flavor that many try to copy these classic recipes at home. In the end, though, maybe no one can do it better than Starbucks.
Soon it will be time to venture out to your local Starbucks for a taste of your favorite fall flavor, be it cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, cloves, or maybe a little of everything. Whatever you enjoy, we hope it makes your fall season a little more extraordinary.
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