Fall in Love with Some of These Autumn Refreshments!

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Photo by Alayna Temple

By Alayna Temple, Reporter

Though most people already have their go-to fall drink, I and two of my friends, Riley Burton (10), and Corynne Lohr (10), conducted a series of taste-testing on some of Starbucks’ lesser-known autumn refreshments to find out what this year’s best fall drink could be.

An iced “Fall Drink.” All photos by Alayna Temple.

First up, there is the iced “Fall Drink.” It’s essentially a pumpkin spiced latte with some hazelnut. Lohr said it had a slight gingerbread feeling and was a little sweet, but overall she liked it. Her original score was a 7.5/10 that later changed to 6/10 after tasting other drinks. Burton said it tasted pumpkin-y with a strong aftertaste of coffee; she thought it was good with a nice amount of sweetness: 8.5/10. I thought it had a potent coffee flavor, some good elements of pumpkin, and it seemed like it should be iced on a hot day, but it lost something when it was chilled. It was fairly sweet, so I gave it a 6/10. With an average of 6.8/10, it’s not the best drink for those who are not big fans of coffee or prefer more bitter things, but it certainly tastes like fall!

Hot Peppermint Mocha

The next one was more of a Christmas drink, but it’s good any time of the year: the Peppermint Mocha. Lohr liked it more than the fall drink, saying she enjoyed the subtle mint and how it was less sweet, so she gave it an 8.5/10 rating. Burton said the mint grows less strong the more you drink, and it cleared the sinuses a bit, but she was not a big fan, saying it was “not my jam.” She felt that the dark chocolate was too harsh and it just was not sweet enough overall, so it got a 5/10. I think there was a very strong mint taste at first. It was not as sweet as the “fall drink,” but it is good hot, so I also give it a 5/10. With a 6.2/10 as it’s average, this winter treat might be better a little later in the year.

Salted Caramel Mocha.

The Salted Caramel Mocha is a pretty straightforward drink that has been around for a while. Lohr began by saying that it tasted like everything else, just regular coffee, and it could probably be replicated at home. It was nothing special: 5/10. A rough start, but Burton added that it felt like there was not enough caramel, it had a similar sweetness to the Peppermint Mocha and would be better as a Frappuccino: 5.25/10. Adding fuel to the fire, I felt that it almost tasted burnt and is pretty plain. It felt like it was just average coffee with some caramel on top, so I gave it a 3/10. Averaging at 4.4/10, the Salted Caramel Mocha we received could have just been a rough batch, but it might be a better fall drink as a Frappuccino.

Caramel Apple Spice Drink

Last, but certainly not least, the Caramel Apple Spice drink. Lohr said it was definitely her favorite so far. She thought it tasted kind of like sour candy and really liked it; her only complaint was that she wished there was more caramel. She started the ratings high with a 9/10. Burton said she wished it was creamy and there was more caramel throughout. Even though she is “not a big apple person,” she still gave it a 7.5/10. I said that it tasted like an apple cinnamon roll. It was my favorite one yet and had comforting warmth that doesn’t make you thirsty, so I gave it an 8.5/10. With an 8.3/10 as its average, the Caramel Apple Spice drink seems is this year’s best fall drink.

Though we hoped to get through more drinks, these four gave us a pretty good idea of what Starbucks has in store for the season and might help to decide what delicious cup of autumn to drink next. Happy Autumn!