Autumn has finally arrived and cafes around Norman are starting to release their seasonal drinks and sweets.
Some autumn-themed drinks are already back on Normandy cafe menus, and more will be released in the coming weeks. We’ve compiled a list of some local store deals in town to give Normans a taste of the season.
Weather sweater and drinking pie
Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar, 207 E. Main St., offers four unique fall drinks, including two inspired by the tastes of Thanksgiving dessert.
Their pecan pie latte blends praline, vanilla, toffee, and toffee — a concoction that may remind someone drinking it of the traditional American sweet dish.
The pumpkin pie latte combines cinnamon, pumpkin, and white chocolate.
While pumpkin drinks can be the seasonal big seller at many cafes, co-manager Rachel Byrd said Sweater Weather is their fall hit. The drink — best served hot, according to the staff — is a trio of chai, espresso, and gingerbread.
Autumn Leaves has a drizzle of cinnamon, vanilla and caramel. The fragrant drink lives up to its name, with contrasting light and brown hues reminiscent of autumn.
Byrd said Pumpkin Sauce, Pumpkin Pie Syrup, Gingerbread and Caramel Pecans are available as an addition to any drink. All of Michelangelo’s fall drinks can be served hot, iced or mixed.
Cider, maple and ‘moon milk’
Oklahoma-based StellaNova offers a wide variety of traditional and craft fall beverages, in addition to sweets.
Krista Cater, manager of the Norman site, 1415 W. Main St., said sales of pumpkin-flavored drinks and ciders are starting to pick up, with an official drop here since last week.
“Of course, we have the classic pumpkin spice latte, and you can get it iced or hot,” Cater said.
Cater said their Pumpkin Spice Frappe is still popular as of September, as well as their Pumpkin Spice Cold Mousse that people can add to cold brews.
Maple Syrup and Toasted Cinnamon, first launched last fall, can be added to any beverage.
“The most popular is the cold brew Toasted Cinnamon Cold Mousse,” Cater said.
For cider lovers, StellaNova offers passion apple, classic apple and caramel apple ciders.
Perhaps the most unique and colorful drink on the fall menu is Magic Moon Milk. Cater said the promotional Halloween drink was made from a butterfly pea flower base.
“It’s similar to macha, but it looks like a full moon because it’s blue,” Cater said.
Warm up the flavors of autumn
Gray Owl Coffee, 223 E. Gray St., will launch its seasonal beverages next month, but residents of Normandy who want a taste of the season early can enjoy last season’s fall beverage year-round.
Co-owner KT Murray said leading up to Thanksgiving their seasonal focus is on pumpkins and “warming spices.”
“In the fall, we stick to a lot of pumpkins, so we make pumpkin bread and brownies,” Murray said. “Our fall spice latte is like a pumpkin spice latte, but we make our syrups here, so it’s a blend of spices that you find in the fall, like cinnamon and nutmeg. .”
The French toast latte was a seasonal fall item last year, but due to its success, it’s now a year-round offering.
“People really like it,” Murray said.
The coming months are the busiest times for the store, Murray said.
“The coffee is still good, but I think people are really excited to be inside and be comfortable,” Murray said.