Fall is in the air, and inevitably along with it comes the cold. And at least for me, that means wanting a nice hot drink in hand to warm me up. The cold weather isn’t the only signal of the changing seasons. As anyone who has stepped into a Starbucks, or any coffee shop really, has noticed, the dropping temperatures bring in an array of fall drink flavors.
Starbucks is a favorite among EMU students because there is one located right on campus in the Student Center and they also accept meal plans. Among the fall additions are the Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Salted Carmel Mocha. If you aren’t an avid coffee drinker, you don’t have to be left behind! And while they aren’t specific to fall, you can still order a Hot Chocolate or Chai Tea to keep you warm. Starbucks also offers fall flavors for their baked goods, including pumpkin scones, bread and muffins to snack on.
Like most college students, the daily purchase at Starbucks can really start adding up. Luckily there are ways to save money while still enjoying your favorite drinks. One option is to purchase the flavor packets from Starbucks to add to your own coffee.
While slightly more difficult, the cheapest alternative would be to make your own fall inspired drinks at home.
Pumpkin Spice Latte is my personal favorite so I have included a recipe below. Enjoy and stay warm.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
1 to 2 shots espresso, depending on preference
Whipped cream to garnish
In a saucepan whisk together milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, and whisk until foamy.
Pour into a large mug and add the espresso on top.
If desired, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.