We’ve taken PSL too far

These drink alternatives will beat the pumpkin spice latte any day.
Photo illustration of a maple clove latte from Dunn Bros Coffee. Courtesy of Dunn Bros Coffee

Ah, fall. Or as every basic white girl knows it: pumpkin spice latte season. However, not everyone loves the PSL. So for the PSL-defector, here are five fall treats just for you.

Hot Pumpkin Macchiato from Dunkin’ Donuts

A fall take on the classic Caramel Macchiato, Dunkin’ Donuts’ new coffee drink is the bomb-dot-com. No, seriously. My high hopes were exceeded. There is something so satisfying about getting this drink and seeing the coffee on top and the sweet, pumpkin-spiced cream on the bottom then having to swirl the two together. It’s like you’re getting to take some credit for the magic that is this coffee. It’s so delicious, it’s almost dangerous.

Maple Clove Latte from Dunn Bros Coffee

Made with homemade maple syrup and plenty of spice, this drink will make you feel cozy inside. The coffee is strong, the maple syrup is sweet and the spices are bitter and earthy, making for a perfectly balanced drink. The best part? Not a trace of the infamous PSL anywhere. I don’t know how they do it, but if fall had a flavor, this would be it.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondie from the Upper Crust Bakery

Pumpkin, whether in a Starbucks drink or otherwise, is still an easy seasonal find, in addition to being just plain delicious. Naturally, the pumpkin chocolate chip blondie (think vanilla version of a brownie) is definitely going to be your new fall comfort food. From the spiced pumpkin flavor to the sweet, slightly bitter chocolate chips and the sugary icing and sprinkles on top, this treat is the decadent dessert you deserve.

Toasted Graham Latte from Starbucks

For those of us who still like Starbucks even amid the Pumpkin Spice Latte chaos, this could be our new jam. The toasted graham latte is Starbucks newest fall drink in four years and a solid option for anti-PSL peeps. The toasted graham is sweet and toasty without hitting you over the head with graham flavoring. It’s a good balance; a balance I imagine I’ll be enjoying a lot.

Apple Cider from Vida Coffee Co.

There are few drinks that can withstand the test of time. Whether the PSL is a fad or becoming a new age fall tradition, apple cider still reigns as the classic chilly weather drink. Vida’s apple cider is a beautiful harmony of spicy, warm cinnamon and fresh apple. The cider is silky smooth and perfectly cozy with back-of-the-throat warmth. Classics are classic for a reason, right?

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