Starbucks' PSL Returns for an 18th Year, Along with Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

The PSL and Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew are back nationwide on Tuesday, August 24.

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This year marks a major milestone for Starbucks' iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte: The basic drink that a lot of people love and a bunch of other people love to hate turns 18. The big moment arrives on Tuesday, August 24, when the PSL officially returns to Starbucks locations nationwide.

Starbucks announced the PSL's return on Monday, noting that it has sold more than 500 million of the sweet and spicy beverages since it first debuted in 2003. Also returning is the relatively new Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, which actually overtook the standard PSL in popularity in 2020, according to a spokesperson for the chain.

As always, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is made by mixing Starbucks' signature espresso, steamed milk, and pumpkin syrup that's made with real pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove. You can order it hot, iced, or as a Frappuccino and all three versions come topped with whipped cream and a blend of pumpkin flavoring. Meanwhile, Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew takes the chain's standard cold brew coffee and pumpkin-fies it with pumpkin cream cold foam, pumpkin spice topping, and vanilla syrup.

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Along with the pumpkin drinks, Starbucks is rolling out its lineup of pumpkin pastries for the season. You can pair your PSL with a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin, Pumpkin Scone, or slice of Pumpkin Loaf, which is actually a year-round offering.

"For nearly two decades, the return of pumpkin at Starbucks has signaled the start of the fall season and inspired a cultural phenomenon around fall flavors and products," the company said in a statement.

Of course, you can't comfortably slip into, say, your favorite fall flannel and go for a walk through a foliage-filled park with a piping hot PSL quite yet. Then again, that's where the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew comes in, right?

Earlier this month, Starbucks brought back its lineup of fall at-home products, including an all-new PSL-flavored Non-Dairy Creamer and old faves like Pumpkin Spice-flavored coffee.

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Megan Schaltegger is a staff writer at Thrillist.