It's overcast in Sarasota today, but local temperatures are still expected to hit 86 degrees Fahrenheit, with a feels-like temperature of 97. So while September is just a couple days away, fall still feels like a very far-off proposition. However, things are getting downright autumnal thanks to the return of pumpkin spice to a Starbucks near you.
The pumpkin spice latte has been a love-it-or-hate-it phenomenon since it was cooked up in a Starbucks lab back in 2003. These days, you can pumpkin-ize almost anything you want—lattes, cold brews and nitro cold brews (our favorite)—and then pair them with a pumpkin scone, a pumpkin cream cheese muffin or a slice of pumpkin bread.
Not pumpkin-y enough? Add a pumpkin creamer to your pumpkin spice Keurig pod and stock up on pumpkin-flavored cold brew concentrate. Maybe toast some pumpkin seeds at home and then cut yourself a slice of pumpkin pie to complete your total squash immersion.
Then turn down the air conditioner, don a light cardigan and start shopping for the perfect Halloween costume (I'm thinking Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell this year). Fall is here, kind of.