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13 Best Pumpkin Drinks at Starbucks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not the holidays — we’re talking about the pumpkin drinks season at Starbucks!

Fall’s favorite accessory is back in the form of Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, and more!

There are six different pumpkin drinks on the official Starbucks menu; all made with Starbucks’ pumpkin spice sauce and pumpkin spice blend.

Starbucks’ pumpkin spice sauce is a blend of sugar, condensed skim milk, pumpkin purée, and flavorings.

Because the pumpkin spice sauce contains dairy, none of the pumpkin drinks at Starbucks can be made vegan or dairy-free.

Starbucks’ pumpkin spice blend is a topping made from ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove.

The fan-created Starbucks Secret Menu also includes several pumpkin drinks, and we’ve included the best of them on our list.

These drinks are unofficial, and baristas aren’t trained on how to make them, so you’ll have to order them by their recipe.

In this article, we’ve rounded up the best Starbucks pumpkin drinks, including the secret menu drinks and how to order them.

13. Pumpkin Patch Latte (Secret Menu)

The Pumpkin Patch Latte is a great Starbucks Secret Menu drink for those who find the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte too sweet, but it’s not for everyone.

It combines the earthy flavors of matcha, the vegetal flavors of pumpkin, and the sweet and spicy flavors of pumpkin pie spice.

If you’re looking for a more savory pumpkin drink, this may be the one for you.

How to Order It:

Ask for a Pumpkin Spice Latte (any Starbucks size, hot or cold) with matcha powder added to it.

Unfortunately, this Secret Menu drink must be ordered in person, as there’s no way to request matcha in your PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) online or on the Starbucks app.

12. Harry Potter’s Pumpkin Juice (Secret Menu)

Muggles, rejoice! Thanks to the Starbucks Secret Menu, you don’t need to go to The Wizarding World to enjoy this Harry Potter-inspired beverage.

This drink is a simple and refreshing blend, and while it may not be our favorite pumpkin drink at Starbucks, it’s perfect for little ones.

How to Order It:

Ask for two pumps of pumpkin spice sauce in a grande cup.

Ask for it to be filled with apple juice to the top line.

Have the remainder of the cup filled with ice.

This is another Secret Menu drink that must be ordered in person.

11. Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino

The Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino has all of fall’s highly anticipated flavors in one creamy, caffeine-free (adult and kid-friendly) treat!

It’s a sweet and frosty drink that’s a little more dessert-y than many other pumpkin drinks on our list.

The Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino is made from milk, pumpkin spice syrup, and Starbucks’ crème frappuccino syrup (a blend of sugar, flavorings, and thickeners) blended with ice.

The frappuccino is topped with whipped cream and a pumpkin pie spice topping.

The Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino is available in tall, grande, and venti sizes.

A grande contains 360 calories, 47g of sugar, 16 of fat, and 0mg of caffeine.

10. Pumpkin Hot Chocolate (Secret Menu)

The jury’s still out on whether the Pumpkin Hot Chocolate is better than regular old hot chocolate.

Still, if you’re craving something sweet and festive on a chilly night, the Pumpkin Hot Chocolate from the Starbucks Secret Menu is a delicious option.

It is also the best way to kickstart a trick-or-treating night because what’s Halloween without chocolate?

How to Order It:

Ask for a grande Hot Chocolate with two pumps of pumpkin spice sauce — bonus points if you add whipped cream and pumpkin spice blend on top!

This drink can be ordered in person, online, or on the Starbucks app.

9. Pumpkin Cheesecake Frappuccino (Secret Menu)

This Starbucks Secret Menu pumpkin drink is both sweet and sophisticated.

It’s creamy, rich, and decadent and is the perfect afternoon treat on a sunny autumn day.

It’s remarkable how similar it tastes to its namesake dessert! 

How to Order It:

Ask for a grande Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino.

Add two pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup, two scoops of vanilla bean powder, and two pumps of white chocolate mocha sauce.

8. Pumpkin Spice Crème

If you’re in the mood for a coffee-free fall drink that’s as cozy as it gets, the Pumpkin Spice Crème is the best Starbucks pumpkin drink for you.

It’s sweet, spicy, and flavorful and is a great option for children or anyone avoiding caffeine.

The Pumpkin Spice Crème is made from steamed milk combined with pumpkin sauce.

It’s topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice topping.

The Pumpkin Spice Crème is available in kids, short, tall, grande, and venti sizes.

A grande contains 400 calories, 52g of sugar, 15g of fat, and 0mg of caffeine.

7. Cinderella Latte (Secret Menu)

The Cinderella Latte is an enchanting blend of pumpkin spice and white chocolate mocha.

It’s simple to order and absolutely delicious!

How to Order It:

Ask for a grande Pumpkin Spice Latte (hot or iced) with just two pumps of pumpkin spice syrup.

Add two pumps of white chocolate mocha sauce.

This pumpkin drink can be ordered in person, online, or on the Starbucks app.

6. Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato (Secret Menu)

The Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato is another Secret Menu drink that’s just a small tweak to the official menu but has a major impact.

It’s one of the best Starbucks pumpkin drinks because it’s big on fall flavor without being too sweet.

How to Order It:

Ask for a Caramel Macchiato (any size, hot or iced) with pumpkin spice syrup instead of vanilla syrup.

It truly couldn’t be any easier to order!

5. Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

For those who unapologetically crave pumpkin spice, even on the hot late summer days, there exists the Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte.

It’s the same PSL we’ve all grown to love but in a refreshing iced form.

If you’ve ever busted out your Halloween decorations before Labor Day, this is the best Starbucks pumpkin drink for you!

The Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte is made from milk combined with Starbucks’ pumpkin sauce and brewed espresso.

This latte is served over ice and topped with whipped cream and a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove, which Starbucks calls “pumpkin spice topping.”

The Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte is available in tall, grande, and venti sizes.

A grande Iced PSL contains 370 calories, 45g of sugar, 16g of fat, and 150mg of caffeine.

4. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

The Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino is almost the same as the Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino, with the addition of coffee, making it an even better pumpkin drink in our book.

It’s a delicious, blended treat that combines some of the best classic fall flavors.

The Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino is made from coffee, pumpkin syrup, milk, and Starbucks’ coffee frappuccino syrup, blended with ice.

It’s topped with whipped cream and a combination of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.

The Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino is available in tall, grande, and venti sizes.

A grande contains 420 calories, 65g of sugar, 15g of fat, and 100 mg of caffeine.

3. Pumpkin Chai Latte (Secret Menu)

The Pumpkin Chai Latte is the best Starbucks Secret Menu pumpkin drink, and it gets bonus points for how easy it is to order!

It’s a cozy, warming combination of some of fall’s favorite flavors.

How to Order It:

Ask for a grande Chai Tea Latte with only two pumps of chai.

Add two pumps of pumpkin spice sauce.

Top it with whipped cream and pumpkin spice topping.

This secret menu drink can be ordered in person, online, or on the Starbucks app.

2. Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

The Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is a decadent Starbucks drink perfect for those sunny but slightly cooler days transitioning from summer to fall.

It has all the pumpkin spice flavors we know and love but in a refreshing and energizing cold brew format.

The Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew starts with Starbucks’ signature small-batch cold brew coffee.

The cold brew is sweetened with a splash of vanilla syrup, topped with pumpkin cream cold foam, and a dusting of pumpkin pie spices.

This drink is available in tall, grande, venti, and trenta sizes.

A grande Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew contains 250 calories, 31g of sugar, 12g of fat, and 185mg of caffeine.

1. Pumpkin Spice Latte

The Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL, is the best pumpkin drink at Starbucks, and it’s going to take a lot to dethrone this classic.

Many new pumpkin drinks have tried, but they all seem to fall short!

This creamy, spicy latte is the ubiquitous fall accessory, even if it seems to come out earlier each year.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is made from steamed milk, pumpkin sauce, and brewed espresso.

It’s topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice topping — an autumnal blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove.

While this latte can be made with the dairy or non-dairy milk of your choice, the pumpkin sauce contains dairy, so the drink can’t be made completely dairy-free.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is available in short, tall, grande, and venti sizes.

A grande PSL contains 390 calories, 50g of sugar, 14g of fat, and 150 mg of caffeine.

Conclusion

Even if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, Starbucks’ pumpkin drinks are waiting with open arms to shepherd you into fall.

We recommend starting with a refreshing Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino or Iced PSL before slowly transitioning into the heart of Pumpkin Spice Latte season.

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Last Updated: September 2, 2022

About the Author

Lauren Vigdor is a creative writer and hospitality professional with over a decade of experience in the food and beverage industry. She specializes in food and beverage writing.

Her book, “Drink Like a Bartender,” was written as a guide to help novice drinkers navigate the beverage world and was rated one of Forbes Magazine’s Best Bar Books of 2017.

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