The history of the pumpkin spice latte

Almost everyone has heard of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL). What people may not consider while they’re sipping on their yearly PSL is the centuries of history behind this sweet and steamy drink. So, what even is pumpkin spice? 

Pumpkin spice is an American spice mix similar to the British and Commonwealth mixed spice that is often used as a flavoring in pumpkin pie. The mix typically includes cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, but the mix itself does not include any pumpkin. 

However, PSL is not exactly the same as the conventional pumpkin spice; for instance, the PSL contains pumpkin puree and, of course, espresso. Even so, pumpkin spice and the PSL are both fall staples loved by many that share a fascinating history:

Jessica Pfeifer | Conant Crier

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