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Four Fall Starbucks Drink Recommendations From A Barista

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Fall is here! And with fall comes the best parts of life–cozy clothes, Halloween and most of all the autumn Starbucks menu. Coming from a barista, there’s no arguing that a classic pumpkin spice latte or pumpkin cream cold brew can satisfy any of your fall cravings. But if you ever get tired of the same old drinks, here are some new ones I recommend that’ll still keep you in the autumn spirit! And for ease, I’ll also show you exactly how to order them at the register too.

Caramel Apple Spice 

If you’re not a fan of milky drinks then the Caramel Apple Spice will be your best friend this fall! It’s a cozy drink that comes with steamed apple juice, Cinnamon Dolce Syrup, whipped cream and a cinnamon topping. This drink has so many warm flavors and tastes just like a hot apple cider from the pumpkin patch!

HOW TO ORDER: “Hi, can I get a [choose size] Caramel Apple Spice?”

Pumpkin spice latte with brown sugar syrup and oat milk

If you love PSLs but want to try something a little different, this one’s for you! The brown sugar syrup adds a deeper flavor and the oat milk makes it just a little nuttier tasting than normal. This drink is definitely on the sweeter side, but to adjust the sweetness you can always ask for fewer pumps of brown sugar syrup or pumpkin sauce so it’s just to your liking. And if you prefer iced drinks, you can get this same one iced for the same taste!

HOW TO ORDER: “Hi, can I get a [choose size] [choose hot or iced] Pumpkin Spice Latte with 2 pumps of brown sugar syrup and oat milk?”

Iced Matcha Latte with brown sugar syrup and pumpkin foam 

Many people avoid matcha because of its earthy taste, but I promise this drink will convert any matcha avoider into an enthusiast! The brown sugar syrup adds a maple flavor to this drink, and can also be adjusted based on how sweet you like. On top of this, the creamy pumpkin foam elevates any drink from great to fantastic. Personally, this drink is one of my favorites of the bunch, and gives you a break from coffee if you want to try something new!

HOW TO ORDER: “Hi, can I get a [choose size] Iced Matcha Latte with 3 pumps of brown sugar syrup and pumpkin cream cold foam?”

Cinnamon Cream Cold Brew

The Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is undoubtedly a classic drink for any girly who needs her caffeine but also loves iced drinks, but another menu item that gets forgotten is the Cinnamon Cream Cold Brew. It has a delicious cinnamon caramel flavor and the cold brew makes sure you get your caffeine in. This is a great drink for people who don’t like things super sweet. If you wanted something just a bit sweeter, I recommend getting an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte with cinnamon cream foam. 

HOW TO ORDER: “Hi, can I get a [choose size] Cinnamon Caramel Cream Cold Brew?”

And there you have it! If you ever get tired of the same old-same old, these are some new fall drinks you should surely keep on your Starbucks rotation this season.

Haley Kharvari

Illinois '27

Hi! My name is Haley Kharvari and I'm a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I'm majoring in economics and legal studies, on the pre-law track. My hometown is Schaumburg, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. In my free time love to rock climb, thrift, bake, and more!