10 Pumpkin Spice Latte Hacks That Will Make Your Starbucks Order Anything But Basic

We all know that autumn is the most beautiful season, not just because of the changing colors of leaves, but because of the re-emergence of nature's most wonderful creation: Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte. You can try to resist it. You can try to find some other beverage that more perfectly encompasses the rich flavors of fall (and trust me, there are some pretty strong contenders). But while there are plenty of ways to make your own PSL at home, sometimes the lure of Starbucks’ seasonal ambrosia is just too strong to resist, and you find yourself at the mercy of your closest Starbucks barista as you beg them to whip up a grande for you, stat. 

Well, hey. If you’re going to Starbucks anyway, you better be getting the best bang for your buck. Because as delicious as your PSL may seem, it turns out you can improve on perfection. PSLs may be the drink of choice for the basic bitch, but that doesn't mean the drink itself has to be basic. Whether it's adding an extra shot of espresso or switching up your syrups, these 10 pumpkin spice latte hacks will make your autumn order even more thrilling.

1. ADD CINNAMON DOLCE SYRUP

Ask for a pump or two of cinnamon dolce syrup, and your PSL will take on the sweet, spicy flavor of pumpkin pie. Yes, please.

2. POUR IN AN EXTRA SHOT OF ESPRESSO

Your basic PSL already contains espresso (along with a ton of other ingredients), but an extra shot will give you a boost of energy to get you through the day. Plus, you'll feel more like you're drinking an actual cup of coffee rather than dessert in a cup.

3. MIX IN SOME MOCHA SYRUP

There's no reason why your mocha and your pumpkin spice latte can't co-exist in the same cup. A pump or two of mocha syrup into your PSL instantly gives it a taste reminiscent of delectable chocolate chip pumpkin muffins.

4. GET A CARAMEL PUMPKIN FRAPPUCCINO

Starbucks does offer pumpkin spice frappuccinos, but that doesn't mean you can't take things to the next level. Ask for a caramel frappuccino with a pump or two of pumpkin syrup, and you'll be in for a sweet treat.

5. TRY A SPICY CHAI TWIST

I have always been dedicated to my chai tea latte, but seasonal drinks cause me to stray from my go-to. If you're less than willing to part from a good ol' chai, try adding two pumps of pumpkin syrup into it to mix things up.

6. CREATE A SALTED CARAMEL PSL

While we're over here talking about pumpkin spice lattes, I must confess: I'm honestly more of a salted caramel mocha gal. So here is my compromise: forget the mocha and ask for your PSL with a pump of caramel and a dash of salt.

7. TRY IT SIMPLE

Your PSL may seem perfect in all its delicious glory, but don't be afraid to simplify it a bit. Get a pump of pumpkin spice syrup in your regular coffee for a seasonal cup of joe that still hits the spot (and just so happens to be cheaper).

8. SWITCH TO SOY

Even if your dietary restrictions allow you to consume dairy, soy milk can add a delightful taste to any drink. Starbucks typically uses vanilla soy milk in their drinks, so go dairy-free for a sweet change.

9. SPICE UP YOUR PSL

Unless you've got a serious sweet tooth, you probably don't need to add any more sugar to your PSL. But don't pass up the cinnamon and nutmeg that sit next to the containers of Splenda and Sugar In The Raw. Adding a little spice to your drink makes for a richer taste.

10. BRING ON THE WHIPPED CREAM

Because let's be honest. Is there anything that extra whipped cream doesn't improve? Didn't think so.

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