The Best Autumn Drinks From Athens Cafes, Ranked

With the approach of the fall season, fall drinks are coming too. Whether you’re a pumpkin spice latte or have never tried a fall-inspired drink, there are endless options. Athens, Ohio has some great cafes to stop and try a new drink. Here are the best autumn drinks in Athens cafes, ranked:

4. Brenens: Salted Caramel Cheesecake ($4.50)

While Brenen’s doesn’t exclusively have a fall drink menu, they do have weekly drinks that align with the current season. The drinks this week are a Mocha Bobcat (white chocolate and creme de menthe) and a salted caramel cheesecake latte.

Although the Salted Caramel Cheesecake Latte sounds daunting, it’s the best of both worlds. Surprisingly, this drink was a perfect blend of sweet and salty. The sweetness of the cheesecake and the saltiness of the caramel blended perfectly, with a nutty coffee flavor that stood out. It’s super icy but even better warm in cool weather.

Rating: 4/5

3. Court Street Coffee: Vanilla Nut Spice Latte ($5.75)

Court Street Coffee offers a variety of fall drinks, from pumpkin spice lattes to apple pie lattes. The vanilla nut spice latte was physically eye-catching. It is a mixture of vanilla and hazelnut syrups with a hint of cinnamon.

At the first sip, this drink was overwhelmingly nutty. However, after stirring it further, the cinnamon flavor became more apparent. This fall-inspired drink is a fun twist on a vanilla latte and is perfect for those afraid to step out of their comfort zone.

Rating: 4/5

2. Starbucks: Iced Chai Latte with Pumpkin/Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam ($5.75)

Although pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin cream cold drinks are back, they are not available most of the time, at least in Athens. If this is your case (or if you don’t like pumpkin), try a chai latte. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and spicy and topped with a cold pumpkin or vanilla mousse, it’s even better.

Similar to Donkey, it has the classic fall flavors, but Starbucks chai is definitely much more tame and sweet. It’s perfect for those who want to try something other than their basic vanilla latte or white mocha without getting too crazy.

Rating: 5/5

1. Donkey Coffee: Pumpkin Power Chai ($5.60)

While Donkey’s seasonal fall drinks won’t be available until next week (September 23), mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out. One of their most popular fall drinks, pumpkin chai, is like an explosion on your taste buds. It has the punch and spice of a normal chai, the sweetness of milk of your choice, and the familiar taste of pumpkin to give you a warm hug of fall flavors.

You may be wondering where the “power” comes from. Although chai tea contains caffeine, sometimes it just isn’t enough. Luckily, Donkey’s power chai includes a generous shot of espresso to help get you through the day. It’s a fall classic that will keep you energized.

Rating: 5/5

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