Recently, I wrote about the pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks and McDonald's, and a few of you wanted to know about seasonal beverages available at local coffee shops.
While some places are serving their versions of pumpkin spice lattes, such as Dirk's Coffee and Bite Macarons, others have seasonal syrups, such as the sweet potato syrup from Southside Espresso, or the homemade pumpkin syrup from Boomtown. But one coffee shop is pulling out all the stops for the holidays with five seasonal drinks -- and each is wonderful.
Inversion offers a festive drink for any palate. Whether you enjoy a classic holiday coffee, warm apple cider or a unique seasonal dessert drink, Inversion's got you covered.
I love Inversion for a couple of reasons -- the baristas always make a frothy cappuccino (my coffee beverage of choice), and it's an easy stop on my way in to work. During a recent morning commute, I decided to grab my usual cappuccino, but saw the big chalkboard sign showcasing the seasonal offerings "you'll fall for": gingerbread latte, pumpkin pie latte, honey badger, caramel apple cider and cherry cobbler.
Unable to decide which one to try, I ordered both of the classic coffee options: the pumpkin pie latte and the gingerbread latte, a.k.a. the tastes of Thanksgiving and Christmas. (No judging...I didn't finish both.)
The pumpkin pie latte smells like an actual pumpkin pie without the artificial ingredients most PSL copycats use. It's a creamy latte with the perfect amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice.
However, the gingerbread latte was my favorite; it had me singing, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" as I drove to work. Unlike other versions of the gingerbread latte (ahem, Starbucks), this drink isn't overly sweet. In fact, the coffee overpowers the spices, so you don't feel as if you just drank a dessert.
Since I loved those two coffees so much, I had to try the rest of the seasonal drinks on the menu.
The cherry cobbler is a nice change of pace from the typical offerings during this time of year. It smells like a dessert, but, similar to the gingerbread latte, it won't rot your teeth. The latte smells and tastes as though it has cherry extract, but the coffee balances nicely with the sweet cherry syrup.
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Non-coffee enthusiasts rejoice, because Inversion also offers an excellent caramel apple cider. Be forewarned, though: It is super-sweet. One sip and you're hit with the strong, powerful flavors of apple cider and an overload of caramel...in a good way. For those who enjoy drinking their desserts, might I suggest this seasonal beverage? Opt for the small size, though. Otherwise, you will be bouncing off the walls.
Inversion is also serving its honey badger, which is a small cup of espresso with honey, cinnamon and creamy milk. While it's not an overtly seasonal beverage, it is perfect for getting you in the spirit of the holidays.