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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Guess what today is? Come on.... guess. Yup! Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks. TODAY. The day after my birthday. I guess you can't get everything you want on the anniversary of your birth.

Well, at least at our favorite Starbucks, it's here today. So hopefully it is where you are, too.

This means a lot. It means it's officially fall, glorious fall! At least in the Starbucks lovers' book of seasons. Some people tell the seasons apart by the calender. Some by the weather. Some by what's available in stores. I go by the Starbucks menu. And the welcoming flavors of the Pumpkin Spice Latte means it's fall.

Apparently, some people didn't know that you can customize your Starbucks drinks. I do all the time and everywhere I go. I'm known as the "girl that changes everything." Maybe not, but I very well might as well be.

So, without further ado, I give you some new Starbucks recipes in honor of the pumpkin spice syrup and fall. (All recipes are copied from the links I have connected with the titles.)

Chocolate Pumpkin Latte

Ask for Pumpkin Latte plus 2 extra pumps of Chocolate syrup. More or less according to the flavor you want. Yes, these recipes are just that easy.

Apple Pie Frappuccino

This one's a little more complicated.

Fill to the first line with Cream. Fill to the second line with Apple Juice.
1-2 pumps of Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
1-2 pumps of Caramel syrup
Fill with ice then blend
Top with Whipped Cream, Caramel Drizzle, and some crumbled Biscotti for crunch if you would like.

Butterbeer Frappuccino

Ask for a Creme Frappuccino. Add 2-3 pumps each Caramel Syrup and Toffee Nut Syrup. Caramel Drizzle on top.
This one was for you, Harry Potter fans.

Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino

Ask for the Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino. Add 2 pumps of Cinnamon Dolce Syrup.

There's about a million more "hacks" for the Starbucks' menu at Hack the Menu: Starbucks.

I don't care much for frappes. Too much ice and not enough coffee for me, but I've learned that most frappes can be made as hot or iced coffees, and vice versa. My go-to drink right now is a Grande Ice Coffee add Cinnamon Dolce and White Mocha with skim milk, no extra sweetener. It's very on the sweet side, and sometimes they add a little to much syrup, so it needs stirred more. But soo yummy and not to expensive either.

So, welcome fall. Welcome Pumpkin Spice Latte. And welcome to all of you that now have new flavors to try. Be creative. Enjoy your drink.

P.S. Did you know that if you use your Starbucks Card, you can get FREE refills on hot or iced coffee/tea if you stay in the store? It makes the drinks even cheaper if you stay in the store, buy a tall, and keep getting refills. You just have to pay for the syrups.

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