by Rebecca Dance
I’ll admit to it: I deeply enjoy pumpkin spice lattes despite the general perception that they are a silly drink. I’ve always been a big fan of pumpking flavoring (one of my favorite foods is pumpkin bread) but ordering a PSL always makes me glance around to see if there is someone laughing at me for being “basic”.
I don’t really care that it’s basic. In addition to adoring pumpkin, I also love drinks with spices in them. A pumpkin spice latte has cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. All of these make my heart happy. I add cinnamon to drinks regularly, so having something already made that has cinnamon built in makes my life so much better. I always look forward to the fall, when I can start ordering hot drinks with these spices in them, and a pumpkin spice latte is the best of all of them. I don’t think that these drinks are basic or silly in any way, though.
People should be allowed to drink whatever they want to drink, and it should all be praised as having enough caffeine to get us through whatever we’re going through. Pumpkin spice lattes are no different, so I do not appreciate all of the slander it gets. Attacking the PSL feels like an attack on fall, because it really is the perfect drink for when the leaves start to change and I have to wear a sweater to leave the dorm. However, I am seeing less and less slander, so I think that we as a society are moving away from the poor reviews and prejudice against pumpkin.
In conclusion, all hail the Pumpkin Spice Latte.