For years now, Starbucks has offered special fall drinks alongside the Pumpkin Spice Latte, seemingly as an alternative -- dare we say antidote -- to the “basic,” sugary orange stuff. Last fall, it was the slightly spicy Chili Mocha, but this fall, the coffee giant is turning to a more traditional flavor for its new seasonal latte.
Starbucks calls it the Maple Pecan Latte and it arrives on the chain’s menus nationwide on Friday, September 22, in honor of the first day of fall. The drink appears to be inspired by the popular pie of the same name, much like how the PSL was inspired by pumpkin pie. Basically, it’s designed to capture all the flavors you associate with fall’s crisp air and changing leaves, but perhaps without the stigma of pumpkin spice.