The Harvard Crimson

Well folks, it’s almost that time of year. The freshman flu is coming warmly, with shorter days and colder weather knocking on our door in the weeks to come. Every day that passes is a day closer to the official end of summer. A sad thought, right? Yeah, I was disgusted too.

But! Then it came to me. Or rather, it came to my Instagram ads. Harvard Square’s fall drinks are back and just as delicious as ever, and what better way to start the season than with a scorching fall-themed drink? Maybe I just need an excuse to fuel my caffeine addiction, or maybe the drinks are just so good. Here’s a list of Flyby’s favorite fall drinks for you to try this semester.

Pumpkin Spice Latte (Anywhere)

The pinnacle of fall-themed drinks and found in any cafe, I can only describe it as hot, freshly baked pumpkin pie plunging into a pool of steaming coffee. Divine. This classic latte will warm you up right away and make those chilly days really appealing (for the ten minutes it takes you to empty your cup). Not to mention, the fall aesthetic is strong with this drink, so if the fall vibe is what you’re after, then this one will do the trick.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew (Starbucks)

If you’re a die-hard iced coffee fan like me, then a nice refreshing cold brew will always make your day – rain, shine or snow (all plausible for the fall season in Cambridge). Pair that with the fiery taste of pumpkin and you have the perfect cool treat to enjoy in the warmth of your dorm room as it cools outside.

Apple Crispy Oat Milk Macchiato (Starbucks)

For all the oat milk villains out there, it’s fun to branch out. Speaking of being honest here, this drink tastes weird like Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal from Quaker Oats, which was extremely weird to find out, but it kinda pushed me? Apple flavor may not be everyone’s cup of coffee, but it’s new and interesting and definitely autumnal. If you fancy apple picking season with its donuts and pies and such, then this is my recommendation for you!

Pumpkin Cold Brew Oat Latte with Brown Sugar Jelly (Peet’s)

That’s one bite to both order and drink. Personally, I didn’t even try to say everything, I just pointed at the picture on the wall and said “that one” – that seemed to do the trick. Found at Peet’s Coffee, this drink is a fresh and funky twist on the classic pumpkin drink, though the brown sugar jellies baffled my taste buds on several levels. If you’re looking for extra AF, look no further.

Hot cider (Anywhere)

Not a coffee person? Never fear, you still have plenty of options. Most local coffee shops will be happy to offer you a delicious caffeine-free beverage like hot cider, a personal favorite as well as a perfectly respectable alternative to coffee that will get you into the spirit of fall.

I hope I’ve been able to convince at least a small portion of you to give some of these funky drinks a whirl this fall – especially once we enter mid-term season, when the only way to feel anything other than stress is to buy my silly little drinks between study sessions (it’s okay, I promise). Flyby wishes you a happy autumn!

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