5 Warm Coffee Drinks That Rival the PSL

Move over, pumpkin spice latte. Local baristas are steaming up alternative fall flavors, from apple pie to autumn rose.
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Northside Social’s carrot cake latte (left) is among the many alternatives to the almighty PSL. (Photo by Alyssa Hackbarth)

Okay, we get it—the onset of fall means pumpkin spice lattes. And that trusty beverage is pretty dang good. But every now and then, even the most devoted PSL fans surely get sick of them. Enter these fall drinks, now available at local coffee shops.

Carrot Cake Latte

Northside Social

Have your cake and drink it too with this decadent beverage that unites Counter Culture espresso, steamed milk and house-made carrot-cake syrup. If only cream cheese frosting were capable of floating at the top. // 3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon) and 205 Park Ave., Falls Church City

Apple Pie Latte

Cafe Kindred

Treat yourself to this desserty drink, featuring Vigilante espresso and proprietary apple-pie syrup. Pair it with a freshly made chocolate croissant or citrus scone. // 450 N. Washington St., Falls Church City

Maple Latte

Good Company Doughnuts and Cafe

Skip the pancakes and sip on Intelligentsia Black Cat espresso, steamed milk and house-made maple syrup instead. Want more maple? Try your latte with a side of maple cake or maple-pecan coffee cake doughnuts. // 672 N. Glebe Road, Arlington (Ballston)

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Chill Zone’s autumn rose latte is topped with dried rose petal crumbles. (Image courtesy of Chill Zone)

Autumn Rose Latte

Chill Zone

You may want to sprinkle dried rose petals atop every latte after seeing this pretty little number, which is almost too lovely to drink. Here, rose tea and espresso meet honey and steamed milk. And if that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, follow it up with an order of coconut jelly or coco-mango sticky rice. // 2442 N. Harrison St., Arlington

Gingerbread Latte

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub

For a drink you can easily segue into the holiday season, try St. Elmo’s gingerbread latte, made with Counter Culture espresso, steamed milk and Monin gingerbread syrup. // 2300 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria (Del Ray) and 1536 Kenwood Ave., Alexandria (Fairlington)

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