Tis the season of football, snuggly sweaters, apple orchards and everyone's favorite flavor to hate on: pumpkin spice. Thought you could escape it? Please. (We know you love it.) Here are three must-try pumpkin drinks in Des Moines to sip on this fall.
Smokey's Pumpkin Chai
Cozy on into a booth at Smokey Row with a pumpkin chai. Every silky sip is steaming with nostaglic spices like nutmeg and clove, and tastes like warm pumpkin cookies popped fresh out of the oven. Trust us, it doesn't get more fall than this.
Find it: Smokey Row, 1910 Cottage Grove
Price: $3.85, tall
Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
Friedrichs' Pumpkin Latte
Head to Des Moines favorite Friedrichs' for a pumpkin latte that even the baristas "mmm" over. Topped with whipped cream and swirled with cinnamon, it's like liquid pumpkin pie in a cup.
Find it: Friedrichs Coffee, 4126 University Ave.
Price: $3.13, tall
Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Zombie's Pumpkin Pie Shake
Thick and frosty, the dessert drink is a blend of spiced pumpkin puree, vanilla ice cream and graham cracker crumbs. Bonus: Ask the bartender to make it boozy, with a splash of pumpkin liqueur.
Find it: Zombie Burger + Shake Lab, 300 East Grand Ave.
Price: $5 regular, $8 spiked
Hours: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday