Unfurl your fur-lined coats from their storage boxes and bust out those woolen socks, for Fall is almost upon us — and the Pumpkin Spice Latte is once again leading seasonal change. Therefore, the only thought running through your pumpkin-starved brain right now is obviously, when can I get a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte? Rest assured, you'll be happy to hear that the answer is soon. Really soon. Whereas your lesser-informed coffee-drinking friends will probably have resigned themselves to drinking lattes devoid of those sweet, sweet spices because they haven't read this article, you can now count yourself as one of the lucky few who is ahead of the game. (You're welcome).
As our balmy summer evenings get shorter and our days grow cooler, the Starbucks PSL is able to reclaim its throne as Fall's most popular drink — and this year, Sept. 6, 2016 is our day of coronation. (That's if you live in the United States or Canada, of course.) And if you're a Starbucks Rewards loyalty member, or you follow the drink's Twitter account, @therealPSL, there's even better news; you can actually get your hands on one of these coveted drinks right now. (For the curious, here's how to do it.)
The popularity of the Pumpkin Spice Latte has grown exponentially since it was first created by a team led by Starbucks product manager Peter Dukes in 2003. Perhaps it's because Starbucks have continually diversified their menu offerings to keep us on our toes; as of last year, for example, the PSL's recipe includes real pumpkin, which has proven super popular. And in case you haven't heard, the coffee giant is also rolling out almondmilk on the same day the PSL returns, meaning we've got one more way to customize our favorite drink right at our fingertips.
If the Pumpkin Spice Latte is still something of a mystery to you, let me break down its components. The now-famous Starbucks drink contains espresso, milk and a blend of winter-warmer spices, such as ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add this to the dose of 100 percent real, unsweetened pumpkin puree, and you have a highly delicious coffee drink. The drink costs around $4.25 to $4.75 for a 12-ounce Tall, depending on your market.
But then again, you can't put a price on perfection, am I right?