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Fall flavors: Lake Tahoe’s South Shore seasonal specials

Autumn Whitney | awhitney@tahoedailytribune.com
Revive Coffee & Wine features pumpkin spice and sea salt caramel lattes in addition to apple cider during autumn.
Courtesy / Julie Zeid |

Autumn is well under way, so you’ve probably had your fair share of pumpkin spice lattes. Looking for a new fall drink or a spin on classic pumpkin flavors to satisfy your taste buds? Plenty of South Shore cafes and coffee shops have their own seasonal specials you should check out to expand your palette.

Revive Coffee & Wine

This cafe just opened in June, but it has quickly climbed to prominence in South Lake Tahoe. It’s celebrating the season with apple cider and a sea salt caramel latte. To add a little more pizzazz, staff recommends topping the cider with whipped cream.

If you still need your pumpkin spice fix here, consider adding chai to it, which will give a nice kick to an already flavorful drink. When Thanksgiving rolls around, stay tuned — Revive will be adding peppermint drinks to the menu.

Keys Cafe

Located on Lake Tahoe Boulevard, this spot also serves the infamous PSL. Keys Cafe takes the recipe even further, crafting its chai latte, pumpkin puree and ice into a pumpkin spice smoothie that features Tiger Spice Chai — perfect for the times when you want to switch up your traditional pumpkin spice order.

Like Revive Coffee & Wine, the Keys Cafe recommends adding their house chai to the traditional pumpkin latte for a twist.

Freel Perk

It’s worth the drive to Meyers in order to experience what Freel Perk has on its menu during this time of year — pumpkin chai, made with Red Panda Pumpkin Chai. Hurry to get your fill because the mix is discontinued for the time being, and staff doesn’t know how much longer the supply will last.

Had your fill of drinks? The coffee shop also has an acai bowl made with pumpkin granola flax seed. While it’s a regular menu item, it’s certainly more special during the fall season.

Sprouts Cafe

While you can’t always catch something seasonal on the menu, the natural foods cafe does rotate through various soups — one of which is a pumpkin chili. It’s great for brisk fall days — it warms you up, and it’s good for you too!

Free Bird

This hole in the wall next to Red Hut Cafe serves popular autumn drinks, but with an added bonus – ingredients are organic and sometimes homemade. Real pumpkin and organic pumpkin puree are combined with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla and more to create their one-of-a-kind pumpkin spice latte.

For a twist on the drink, consider the pumpkin-spiced chai, which uses the same pumpkin spice mix but is added to homemade chai. If you’re less keen on pumpkin, fear not — Free Bird also serves organic hot apple cider with a little spice.

Now go grab your fall flavors and enjoy!


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