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12 Soothing Fall Drinks That Aren’t Pumpkin Spice Latte

10 October 2023

Pumpkin spice lattes have become the quintessential fall beverage. They’re practically synonymous with this time of year. As soon as the days begin to shorten and the weather cools, PSLs begin to populate cafes, and pumpkin-spiced products appear in abundance. However, the legendary PSL is not the only delectable autumn drink you should know about.

Expanding beyond the PSL can help differentiate your food company from its competition, attract new customers, and keep your existing client base excited and engaged. With a bit of creativity and help from the food experts at Hela Spice, you will be on your way to creating a new, signature, best-selling creation. 

Spices are the key to unlocking classic autumn flavour profiles. For example, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger are versatile, warming spices. Hela Spice, a Canadian spice supplier company, can create the ultimate fall spice blend for your new seasonal beverage.

Instead of following the pumpkin spice trend, you can invent the next hottest autumn beverage. Here are 12 soothing and delicious fall drinks to consider adding to your product offerings this year. 

Cosy Coffee Beverages for Fall

1. Maple Latte

Maple is another classic fall flavour that lends itself wonderfully to cozy beverages. It’s versatile and should be a staple in every beverage company’s ingredient repertoire throughout the cooler months.

Adding maple syrup or maple flavouring to coffee drinks creates a delicious alternative to the PSL. You can customize the final product to best appeal to your customers. For example, you can combine maple and pecan for the ultimate autumn experience.

2. Butterscotch Latte

Butterscotch is a delectable holiday treat with a rich flavour profile of caramelized sugar, browned butter, and molasses. Infusing a latte with butterscotch flavours is an unbeatable way to add festive joy to an ordinary beverage. Butterscotch syrup is the secret to creating this drink. 

3. Salted Caramel Mocha

Salted caramel is a favourite flavour that is ideally suited for fall recipes. Sweet and creamy, the salted caramel mocha combines delicious sweet and salty flavours. The addition of cocoa makes this drink taste just like dessert. It works best with heavier coffees, although you can never go wrong with salted caramel.

4. Dirty Masala Chai Latte

A “dirty” chai latte is simply a standard masala chai with a shot of espresso added. This combination makes for an irresistible flavour that also satisfies the caffeine cravings of consumers. Include a sweetener, like honey, to balance the inherent spiciness of the chai.

Alternatively, this beverage can be made without the espresso shot for a calmer drinking experience. A simple chai latte is still a tried and true favourite amongst consumers. Combine the fragrant and warming spices of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg to create this popular drink. 

5. Candy Cane Cocoa Latte

Although typically associated with winter and Christmas, there’s no reason why consumers can’t get a head start on their candy cane cravings in autumn. Fall-themed, candy cane cocoa lattes are a tasty alternative to pumpkin spice lattes. This sweet drink is made using peppermint syrup and cocoa.

6. S’mores Latte

S’mores lattes are deliciously sweet beverages rich in flavour and fall feelings. With creamy marshmallows, sweet chocolate, and rich graham crackers, this treat will surely win over your sweet-toothed customers. Top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce to complete the ensemble.

Other Autumn Themed Drinks

1. Mexican Hot Chocolate

Look no further than the Mexican hot chocolate for a fall drink without coffee or pumpkin. This delicious drink is richly flavoured with a classic autumn spice blend: cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Plus, a dash of cayenne pepper for some subtle heat. It’s more spicy than sweet, although it’s easily sweetened with more brown sugar and whipped cream. 

The blend of cinnamon, chocolate, and heat and sweetness is delectable.

2. Tahini Hot Cocoa

This drink is a twist on the classic hot cocoa recipes. Tahini (sesame paste) adds a nutty richness to the beverage. Since tahini does have a natural, earthy bitterness, it’s essential to sweeten it with a bit of honey or maple syrup. A pinch of salt further accentuates the drink’s sweet and savoury flavours. All in all, it’s a creative and tasty variation of the beloved hot chocolate.

3. Pumpkin Milk Shake

It’s easy to transform an average milkshake into a fall experience. Just add some tasty pumpkin flavours. The weather outside may be cooling down, but that doesn’t mean consumers are ready to bid farewell to cold, ice cream-based drinks. Pumpkin milkshakes are a delicious autumn dessert that your customers will love. To make it even more irresistible, add a hint of vanilla syrup.

4. Maple Horchata

The horchata is a traditional Mexican drink from soaked white rice sweetened with cinnamon and sugar. Creamy and full of warming spice flavours, it’s a wonderful beverage during the autumn months. We suggest using maple syrup instead of standard brown sugar to amplify the fall flavours. Cinnamon, alongside a dash of vanilla extract, still plays a leading role in this beverage.

Although lesser known in Canada, the maple horchata will indeed become a classic and beloved fall beverage. Plus, horchata uses rice milk, so it is naturally dairy-free. This factor makes it an easy choice for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant.

5. Ginger Hot Chocolate

Ginger hot chocolate is another warming, slightly spicy variation of the classic cool weather beverage. The presence of ginger adds a subtle heat tantalizing to the tastebuds. It pairs perfectly with the sweet and creamy chocolate. Don’t forget to include vanilla extract, a pinch of sea salt, and a sweetener like agave or honey.

6. Spiced Cider

Spiced cider is another beautiful fall drink that completely omits pumpkin. It’s similar to mulled wine, except made with apple cider and additional spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Warming with just the right amount of spice, it’s a soothing beverage for those cool autumn days.

Looking for a Canadian Spice Company? Contact Hela Spice

Hela Spice is a proud Canadian spice company. We supply high-quality spices and create best-selling spice blends that will make your new product shine. From warming spices to festive delights, we deliver mouth-watering flavours every time. 

Contact us today to learn how to infuse fall flavours into your seasonal beverages using powerful spice blends.

To learn more about custom spice blending at Hela Spice, visit us at www.helaspice.com or contact us here.

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