Apple Cider
Pumpkin Spice Lattes




Every fall, millions of people worldwide are subject to internal strife over their preferred beverage. The Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) is a fan favorite, being one of the only drinks in existence to simultaneously taste like coffee and a Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer. However, apple cider is also a popular treat due to its taste being that of an entirely liquefied apple cobbler. With these two drinks both being so widely cherished, an interesting question arises: which one is the better fall drink?

I felt it best to begin my investigation by considering the pros and cons of each beverage. The PSL is great because it’s part of the American trend of making all foods pumpkin spice flavored. The PSL has that same great taste that can also be found in Pumpkin Spice Oreos, Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese, and apparently, Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles. Yes, Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is the best fusion drink out there—it gives you that kick of caffeine while reminding you of that post-Thanksgiving bloated feeling. However, even a drink this wonderful comes with some flaws. For example, a Tall PSL from Starbucks is $4.25 and a Grande is $4.95, without tax. Many people consider this to be a bit pricey, since the same effect could be achieved by adding a double shot of espresso to your grandmother’s pumpkin pie and shoving it all in a blender.

Apple cider is also a renowned choice among Americans. One of the great things about apple cider is that it is presumably just the soggy run-off from the middle of an apple pie, making it cost-effective and easy to produce. Another plus is that apple cider is the revolutionary predecessor to the apple cider donut, which is one of the finer delicacies known to mankind.  The only major complaint about this appley-cinnamony concoction is that it is associated with the likes of apple cider vinegar, which is a bitter abomination upon taste buds everywhere.

Keeping these qualities in mind, I began polling members of the WHS community. Out of the 40 people I surveyed, 18 voted apple cider, 11 voted Pumpkin Spice Latte, 6 said neither, 3 said they couldn’t care less, and 2 people told me to go away. So, out of the 29 people who actually answered my question, 62% chose apple cider, and 38% chose Pumpkin Spice Latte. Aside from taste preferences, most people reasoned that the PSL was too expensive, unlike apple cider, which is so cheap that it can supposedly be extracted by simply squeezing apples hard enough.

Apple cider seems to be the fall drink of choice among WHS students and those with sufficient taste buds. However, to those few drinkers of Pumpkin Spice Lattes—do not be discouraged! While apple cider may be considered the better fall drink, your preferred beverage is still considered a national treasure, that like apple cider, encapsulates the spirit of autumn.