The Essential Guide to Starbucks Vegan Fall Drinks

Another year has passed without a vegan update to the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL). It exists in the UK and some European countries (ahem, so we know it’s possible), but the US branch of this international coffee chain has yet to embrace dairy-free Pumpkin Spice Sauce. . In the meantime, you can still create some semblance of fall comfort by ordering one of these nine Starbucks vegan fall drinks.

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It’s been nearly 20 years since Starbucks launched its seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte and changed fall drinks and snacks forever. Don’t believe us? Check out our guide to vegan pumpkin spice products. It’s practically everywhere, except at Starbucks.

Of course, you can get a vegan PSL in the UK, where Starbucks doesn’t even charge for dairy-free milk anymore. But here in the United States, nearly two decades after its debut, PSL sauce still contains dairy. Its good. We will be patient.

Luckily, Starbucks’ other fall drinks are usually vegan with just a couple of modifications, and you can choose oat, almond, soy, or coconut milk instead of cow’s milk.

Default vegan seasonal drinks are also becoming a regular feature on the cafe chain’s menu. The Dragon Drink summer drink is shaken with coconut milk, so you don’t even have to ask for a modification. The Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso — which made this list — is also vegan by default. See our general guide to ordering vegan drinks at Starbucks for more options.

The Essential Guide to Starbucks Vegan Fall Drinks

Starbucks has yet to announce its seasonal menu for Fall 2022, but rest assured we’re on it. Here are the dairy-free fall concoctions you can order right now:

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1 Crispy Apple Macchiato

This apple pie flavored drink is a throwback concoction from last fall’s launch. But this time around, Starbucks has made the oat milk version the menu default drink. This seasonal latte features flavors of apple, cinnamon, oats and brown sugar with the coffee chain’s Blonde Espresso. Everything is topped with a spicy apple fillet.

Barista tip: For an extra splash of fall flavor, ask for an extra drizzle.

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Cinnamon Dolce Latte

This item never leaves the menu, but the warming cinnamon spice invites autumn feelings. Easily turn this drink into a vegan option by swapping in your favorite plant-based milk and not asking for whipped cream or cinnamon dolce topping (it contains dairy).

Barista tip: Feeling the weather effects of global warming? Order it over ice or as a blended Frappuccino.

3 Hazelnut Latte

Hazelnuts are a little more wintry than fall, but if you’re one of those people who starts playing Christmas music in October, ring in the season early with this comforting beverage. Order a regular latte with your choice of dairy-free milk, then ask for hazelnut syrup. The norm is three pumps for a tall one, but if you prefer a pick-me-up that’s not so sweet, just ask for two pumps.

Barista tip: Don’t confuse this with the Starbucks Reserve Hazelnut Bianco Latte – it can’t be veggie, no matter how hard you try.

4 Caramel Nut Latte

Like Cinnamon Dolce Latte, this flavor is available year-round, but Starbucks only promotes it when the leaves start to fall. It is a unique drink with a caramel and nutty flavor that is sure to put a smile on your face. To veg it up, skip the whip and say no to caramel nut chips, which contain dairy.

Barista tip: Opt for oats or soy here – the creaminess of these plant milks really elevate this drink.

5 caramel macchiato

This classic may be on the menu at Starbucks all year round, but its rich caramel flavor screams “drop” us. Make it vegan in two steps: First, replace cow’s milk with our personal recommendations, oat or soy milk, both of which have a creamy texture that complements the sweetness of caramel. Then ask for it without the drizzle of caramel sauce. Unfortunately, it contains butter and heavy cream.

Barista tip: Order it with half caramel syrup and half caramel nut syrup for something that tastes like a candy bar. Remember: caramel syrup is vegan, caramel sauce is not.

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6 Flavored mocha (or hot chocolate)

Make a caffeinated hot chocolate (that’s what a mocha is) with the flavors of fall. Ask for a mocha (insert your favorite dairy-free milk here) with hazelnuts, cinnamon dolce, caramel or caramel nut syrup, and hold the whisk.

Barista tip: Avoid dark chocolate mocha – it’s made with ground chocolate that contains dairy.

seven Caramel Apple Spice

For many, fall officially begins with the first sip of hot apple cider. Starbucks’ rendition features steamed apple juice mixed with cinnamon syrup and topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel. Veganize it by not asking for a whip or a drizzle of caramel.

Barista tip: Add a depth of flavor by incorporating a pinch of nutmeg or the mixture of turbinado sugar and sea salt for a sweet and salty combo.

8 Chilled Brown Sugar Oat Milk Espresso

This chilled drink was introduced during the summer, but anything with brown sugar and cinnamon is worth including on a fall menu. This richly sweet and creamy drink is vegan as is and topped with cinnamon, which makes it taste like a sweet, sweet pastry at a fall farmer’s market. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Barista tip: A large one comes with four pumps of brown sugar syrup, so ask for half if you need something less cloying in flavor.

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9 Butter beer latte

Brought to you by our resident Starbucks barista at VegNews, aka editor Richard Bowie, here’s how to make your way to Hogwarts: order a large soy latte with a pump of caramel, caramel nuts and cinnamon dolce syrup more additional mousse and sea salt Garnish. The result is a delicious potion that even Snape would award points for.

Barista tip: This drink is best served hot. If you want an ice cold drink, save the butterbeer for another time.

tenNutmeg London Fog Tea Latte

Upgrade your typical milk tea by asking your barista to garnish your drink with a sprinkle of nutmeg. The warm spice will bring out the vanilla flavors of this mixed drink and add a layer of warm fuzz to your morning.

Barista tip: This tastes exceptional with oat milk.

For now, these are the official vegan fall drinks you can get at Starbucks, with a few of our favorite custom orders thrown into the mix. We are still waiting for this dairy-free PSL.

For more vegan food guides, read:
9 vegan tips for your favorite fast foods
The Cheesecake Factory’s Vegan Guide
How to Order Vegan at Dunkin’

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