It’s that time of the year again — school is starting, sweater weather is just around the corner, and the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is back!
Not only is the chain’s fall-inspired drink back, it is also celebrating a birthday. The Pumpkin Spice Latte, born in 2003, turns 15 this year. Made with “with real pumpkin and warm fall spices like cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg,” the Pumpkin Spice Latte is Starbucks’ best-selling beverage of all time.
Also returning is the latte’s cool cousin, the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, “a combination of "pumpkin and traditional fall spice flavors and blend them with coffee, milk and ice, then top it all off with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice," and the Salted Caramel Mocha, “a blend of mocha sauce and toffee nut syrup combined with espresso and milk, then topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle and a blend of turbinado sugar and sea salt.”
And what better to sample with the fall drinks that some signature autumn delicacies like the pumpkin scone or new treats like the maple pecan muffin and the too-cute-to-eat owl-shaped sugar cookie. Now that beach season is nearly over, we can stop counting the calories until after the holidays.
However, if you’re planning to order one of Starbucks’ hot beverages, keep in mind that the weather is still very warm so you may want to enjoy that coffee inside. Nearly 70 million Americans are under a heat advisory or warning, the National Weather Service said yesterday, and areas of the Midwest and Northeast are expecting to see temperatures rise to nearly 100 degrees this week.
Though the latte reigns supreme on the all-time top-favorite list, cold beverages are also making a dent. Over the last five years, cold drinks cold drinks went from making up 37% of sales to more than 50% of sales, so expect the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino to hold its own this season.
Despite the weather, Starbucks is celebrating the return of the latte. "We know the Pumpkin Spice Latte is a beverage that Starbucks customers wait for with anticipation all year, and we're excited to give our fans the opportunity to get their fall fix a little earlier," a Starbucks representative said.