The fire escapes are strung with lights. The sidewalks smell of Douglas firs. It’s practically impossible not to crave a hot, nutmeg-dusted mug of something.
But pumpkin-spiced lattes, you’ve had your turn. Here are some spirited alternatives.
The Apple Betty An almond-milk cappuccino with house-made apple syrup and spices...yeah. Sip it at any Toby’s Estate location, like the new West Village spot.
Buttercup Latte Using grass-fed butter and coconut oil, The Daily Grind (in Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy) just may woo Manhattanites to Brooklyn.
The Maple Leaf In Long Island City, Sweet Leaf mixes its own espresso blend with Vermont maple syrup and steamed milk for a spot-on winter treat.
Gingerbread Mocha Closer to Christmas, Café Jax on the Upper East Side will whip up seasonal lattes (like this classic) using Hudson Valley dairy products.
Caramel Apple Cider There are 12 Gregorys Coffee shops in Manhattan. And they all use house-made caramel sauce to drizzle into their bevvies.
Peppermint Mocha Sure, this one’s been done--but not with homemade ganache. That’s why you hit up Intelligentsia in Chelsea or Herald Square.
Chestnut Praline Latte Okay. We just can’t quit you, Starbucks. So we will gladly order up your nutty new concoction.
Sugar Cookie Latte Touché, Dunkin’.