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Meet Starbucks' Newest Vegan Fall Drink, the Iced Apple Crisp Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

Starbucks' 2023 vegan fall drink lineup is here, starting with the new Iced Apple Crisp Oat Milk Shaken Espresso.

Starbucks 2023 vegan fall drink, the Iced Apple Crisp Oat Milk Shaken Espresso
Written by
Calin Van Paris
The holidays have come early—at least for plant-based folks. Starbucks just unveiled its
first seasonal beverage
of the year: the Iced Apple Crisp Oat Milk Shaken Espresso. And though we love the company's
pumpkin-flavored drinks
—and patiently await the day when they, too, are dairy-free—it's nothing short of a must-try.
Now available to order at all locations, the
Iced Apple Crisp Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
truly has it all. It combines Starbucks' beloved blonde espresso with "notes of apple, cinnamon, and brown sugar." It's then topped with oat milk.
"The warm, gooey taste of apple crisp paired with a cup of coffee melds perfectly to unveil a cozy beverage customers have come to know and love at Starbucks each Fall," says Billy Altieri, Starbucks' beverage developer. "The new Iced Apple Crisp Oat Milk Shaken Espresso features creamy oat milk that perfectly complements the light roast flavors of Starbucks Blonde Espresso."
oat milk
-first variation marks a win for vegans and those who
eschew dairy for environmental
or dietary reasons, and is in keeping with the burgeoning trend of chains expanding menus to include options for the plant-based set (think
McDonald's McPlant Burger
and Burger King's collaborations with
Impossible Foods

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Far from mere virtue signaling, incorporating vegan options into highly recognizable corporations increases both awareness and accessibility, serving our health and
that of our planet
. The dairy industry is responsible for 
2% of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions
, and 
144 gallons of water
 are needed in the U.S. to produce a single gallon of milk.
Considering that Starbucks is working to
halve emissions by 2030
, and that data shows around 22% of Starbucks’ overall emissions come from dairy, putting alternative milk first seems like a great (and delicious) place to start.

Other Vegan Fall Starbucks Drinks to Try in 2023

2023 starbucks vegan fall drinks
While the Iced Apple Crisp Oat Milk Shaken Espresso is the latest addition to Starbucks' fall 2023 menu, the brand offers a selection of drinks that can be doctored to suit your
tastes. Here, some autumnal beverages to try without the dairy.

1. Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato

Last year, Starbucks introduced its first-ever vegan fall beverage: the
Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato
. Available in warm and iced iterations, it's meant to evoke feelings of nostalgia, the sort that comes with the wafting scent of apple pie. The offering is a macchiato, or an espresso (more specifically, Starbucks Blonde Espresso) topped with a creamy oatmilk foam, finished with a spiced apple drizzle.

2. Caramel Apple Spice

A long-loved Starbucks classic, the Caramel can be recreated by opting for steamed apple juice with pumps of caramel and cinnamon dolce syrup.

3. London Fog Tea Latte

Available hot or iced, the London Fog's on-menu 2% milk is easily exchanged for an alternative option with no sacrifice in taste.

4. Cinnamon Dolce Latte

This spiced seasonal favorite is easily vegan-ified: Simply request your preferred alternative milk and trade out the whip and cinnamon dolce topping for a sprinkling of cinnamon.