PSL lovers, it’s finally time… the comforting seasonal treat returns to give us a warming hug this autumn – but it’s joined but some other seasonal specials that are vying for your affections. Find out what’s (quite literally) hot this autumn and winter.
Ole & Steen: Pumpkin Spice Latte
Fortnum & Mason: Toffee Apple Tea
Conjuring up thoughts of fairgrounds and Bonfire Night, Fortnum & Mason’s new Toffee Apple Tea combines dark caramel and apple flavours for a cosy cuppa when you want a night in, feet up, in front of the fire.
Caffè Concerto: Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Snuggle up with one of Ole & Steen’s seasonal drinks for that extra special touch of hygge. Its Pumpkin Spice Latte mixes espresso with pumpkin spice syrup and is topped with cream and a gentle dusting of comforting cinnamon. If you’d rather try something less pumpkiny, how about a Chai Latte or Matha Latte?
Savour that sumptuous hot chocolate mouthfeel with a hint of spice at Caffè Concerto in Haymarket. Its Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate tastes and looks the part, with colourful sprinkles and a generous helping of whipped cream.
Costa: Maple Hazel range
Costa is encouraging us to “break up” with the pumpkin spice latte and instead go with the new kid on the block: the Maple Hazel range. Combining two punchy autumnal flavours, you can choose from a latte or hot chocolate, or opt for an iced latte or frappe for those warmer autumn afternoons. Pick one up at its Piccadilly outpost.
Pret A Manger: Chocolate Chai
You can always rely on Pret’s popular PSL for some pre-work impetus. But for something a little more indulgent, its Chocolate Chai mixes the velvetiness of a hot chocolate with fragrant Chai spices – think cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and vanilla… A drink that’s sure to keep you cosy all season long. Grab yours from one of its two Piccadilly spots or in Crown Passage.
Caffè Nero: Amaretto Latte
It may be an acquired taste, but Amaretto is a distinct taste of the cooler seasons. Caffè Nero has harnessed its almondy notes in a new range, from lattes to hot chocolates, which come topped with whipped cream and mini almond biscotti. Pop into its Haymarket café and grab one to take away for a bracing stroll in St James’s Park.