With the fall season upon us, you just knew there had to be something special you can do with all the pumpkin they've got lying around, and there is.
Meet the Pumpkin Caramel Macchiato.
We've probably gone a little wild with the Starbucks secret menu over the last couple of years, making baristas across the country hate us for ordering Pink Drinks, Orange Drinks, and even Apple Pie Frappuccinos, but this one's not that complicated.
This sweet little drink is basically an Iced Caramel Macchiato, except you just ask them to replace the vanilla pumps with pumpkin syrup.
Trying it for myself, I drove through my local Starbucks, took a shot at it, and tried ordering it straight up with the name "Iced Pumpkin Caramel Macchiato," but it didn't work. I then ordered it as an Iced Caramel Macchiato, but replacing the vanilla with pumpkin syrup, and they were happy to oblige. Believe it or not, when I drove up to the window, the barista didn't hate me for this. In fact, she said: "That sounds reeeeally good! I'm going to try it myself."
Not only does it sound good, it is good. Just as a disclaimer, I LOVE sweet drinks, and this one had the perfect amount of sweetness—for me. If you're a black coffee or warm, bitter type of coffee drinker, you'll hate this.
The drink was brought to light by Cosmo this weekend, and it's been slowly making its way to the mainstream.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone with a sweet tooth, or anyone who loves all things pumpkin. I have yet to try it with soy, or almond milk, but I can't imagine it tasting dramatically different. I also haven't tried it hot, because I live in California and it's 90 degrees.
It's not a super complicated order, so you don't have to worry about your barista rolling their eyes at you. So order away and enjoy this new little secret during PSL season.