I was reminded of this joyous event, on a fieldtrip to Starbucks, earlier this week. As a poor lowly college student, I usually suffer through whatever cup of coffee the Pub has to offer. But one day, I couldn’t do it any longer. I wanted more. I needed more. So off I went in search of Starbucks. The long walk into Yonkers had me sweating up a storm. By the time my friend and I reached the intersection just outside campus, I was pretty gross. All I could think about was the frappachino I was going to order and how gloriously cold it was going to be.
As we rounded that last corner and ducked into Starbucks, I was greeted by a large blackboard of about my height, which read, “NEW Fall Themed Drinks Now Available!” My heart stopped. What the what?! I pointed to the sign dully, to hide my enthusiasm and quietly ordered my drink. What I really wanted to do was run around the store, stupid with joy. See kids, it’s the little things that get me. The little pumpkin/caramel/apple-flavored things. I’m telling you, if you do it right salted caramel can be greater than the Internet.
So besides Starbucks, where can you find such splendorous drinks? Well another favorite beverage-related pastime of mine is apple picking. Apple picking leads to apple pie, but more importantly apple cider. A warm mug full of cider is a true masterpiece and the real way to ring in the season. Whether you grow the apples yourself or buy pre-made cider at your local supermarket, you’re in for a treat.
If you’re not an apple fan, go the wizarding route and try pumpkin juice. This harder-to-find beverage is surprisingly pretty good and be found in most Asian markets or if you’re up to it Universal Studio’s Hogsmead Village. I, personally, went down the my mom grows pumpkins and we own a blender route. I do not suggest this for the less adventurous or faint of heart.
Still not convinced? Try anything with caramel or better yet salted caramel. For the season, most stores stock some kind of seasonal drink and caramel usually ranks high on their list. Caramel hot chocolates and coffees are both welcome additions to my daily diet.
So when autumn rolls around this year, I’ll most likely be holed away in a café somewhere overdosing on pumpkin lattes. Don’t get me wrong there are other great things about fall. Namely Halloween, Thanksgiving and Fall formal. Believe me, scarves, layers and colorful leaves are all fine and dandy, but honestly leave me my cider and I’ll be just fine. And yet as I sit here daydreaming of mulling spices and ceramic mugs, I’m reminded of one thing. I’m at college. I have reading, not time. How heartbreaking! Oh well, I’ll just have to great creative with my Black Squirrel milkshakes. Also, I will offer this for those of us stuck on campus: Bates coffee mixed with pumpkin ice cream and caramel from the ice cream bar makes for a decent substitute.
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