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It might still be summer, but our tastebuds are ready for fall. As the cozy season swiftly approaches, its most recognizable flavor has officially made a comeback: Pumpkin spice. How do we know? Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte has returned to menus nationwide starting today, according to a statement released by the company.
The iconic beverage, lovingly given the moniker PSL, is back for the 19th year in a row. The handcrafted drink combines Starbucks signature espresso and steamed milk with spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The beverage is finished off with the brand's sauce, which is made with real pumpkin. Topped off with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices, the latte is available hot, iced, or blended throughout the autumn season.
In addition to the PSL, Starbucks is also bringing back its Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. This will be the menu item's fourth year available in stores. It's made by pouring cold brew sweetened with vanilla syrup over ice and topping it with pumpkin cream cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice.
As if it wasn't exciting enough that two menu favorites have made their awaited return, the coffee chain is also welcoming a brand new drink to stores across the country. Although the Apple Crisp Macchiato made its debut for the first time last fall, it's recipe got an upgrade this year. Now made with creamy oat-milk and Starbucks Blonde Espresso, the drink is the brand's first dairy-free fall beverage. It's inspired by the flavors of apple crisp paired with a cup of coffee and combines layered flavors of apple, cinnamon, and brown sugar with a spiced apple drizzle.
"Crafting the Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato with Starbucks® Blonde Espresso gives the beverage a soft and smooth foundation that ties all the flavors together," said Harvey Rojas Mora, Starbucks beverage developer, in the statement. "The oatmilk adds a creaminess and brings forward the oat flavors of a traditional apple crisp topping."
Of course, it's not fall without a few comforting baked goods, and those are also now available at Starbucks nationwide. In the bakery case, you'll find its Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin and Pumpkin Scone—two limited edition items—as well as the customer-favorite Pumpkin Loaf, which is a year-round staple.