Starbucks Might Bring Pumpkin Spice Lattes Back Earlier Than Ever This Year

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Do you feel an autumnal chill in the air? Probably not yet, but that won’t stop pumpkin spice lovers from returning to their seasonal addiction in just a couple weeks. Though the company itself hasn’t announced an official date yet, Business Insider is reporting that some Starbucks employees have contacted them and leaked on social media that the coffee giant's pumpkin spice lattes will return to menus on August 27. If true, this release date will be the earliest official launch for the fall-themed drink yet.

Starbucks has established a definite trend of inching up its pumpkin spice launch date in recent years. From 2015 to 2017, the date went from September 8 to September 5, and then made a significant leap to August 28 in 2018. Granted, this year’s alleged August 27 date is only one day earlier, but with the public constantly clamoring for pumpkin spice season to begin earlier and earlier, it wouldn’t be surprising if Starbucks continues to shift its date year by year until we’re all sipping PSLs at our Fourth of July barbecues.

In the past, Starbucks has differentiated between “early release” dates and “official launch” dates. According to Inc., the early release of the pumpkin spice lattes is only available to certain customers—sometimes only rewards members or fans who partake in an online scavenger hunt. This usually happens about five or six days before the official launch, when pumpkin spice products hit all menus for everyone. The earliest "early release" was August 26 in 2014. If the pumpkin spice latte does officially launch on August 27 this year, we’re probably looking at an early release date around August 22.

Dunkin’, also a major player in the pumpkin spice game, is less coy. It announced on Monday that the entire fall menu will be available starting August 21, for which it’ll drum up excitement by rebranding eight stores as “Pumpkin'.”

[h/t Business Insider]

This Course Will Teach You How to Play Guitar Like a Pro for $29

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Be honest: You’ve watched a YouTube video or two in an attempt to learn how to play a song on the guitar. Whether it was through tabs or simply copying whatever you saw on the screen, the fun always ends when friends start throwing out requests for songs you have no idea how to play. So how about you actually learn how to play guitar for real this time?

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The strumming course will teach you how to count beats and rests to turn your hands and fingers into the perfect accompaniment for your own voice or other musicians. Then, you can take things a step further and learn advanced jamming and soloing to riff anytime, anywhere. This course will teach you to improvise across various chords and progressions so you can jump into any jam with something original. You’ll also have the chance to dive deep into the major guitar genres of bluegrass, blues, and jazz. Lessons in jam etiquette, genre history, and how to read music will separate you from a novice player.

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Move Over, Mister Softee: Margarita Trucks Are Bringing Cocktails to Your Doorstep

The margarita man cometh.
The margarita man cometh.
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If anything could possibly rival the appearance of an ice cream truck on a sweltering day, it would be the sight of a similar automobile emblazoned with the word margarita heading down your street.

Residents of San Antonio, Texas, can now make that dream a reality. La Gloria, a restaurant owned by chef Johnny Hernandez, is bringing its signature margaritas and other popular menu items right to people’s doorsteps by way of bright pink “Margarita Trucks.”

MySA reports that the first truck has already started making deliveries within 3 miles of Crockett Park in downtown San Antonio, but additional trucks will venture as far as Dominion, Stone Oak, Alamo Heights, and other neighborhoods in the coming days.


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“Today, safety is top of mind for everyone, and many of our customers are simply not ready to dine out,” Hernandez said, according to KSAT.com. “However, we know that doesn’t mean they don’t crave one of our famous margaritas.”

Those famous margaritas include La Gloria’s house recipe (on the rocks or frozen), as well as a variety of other refreshing flavors like prickly pear, mango, cucumber, and strawberry. The truck will also be stocked with a selection of taco kits and snacks like street corn, chips, salsa, and queso, and customers must purchase at least one food item with their alcoholic beverage.

Unlike ice cream trucks, the margarita trucks won’t exactly be cruising around town, ready to pull over for any spontaneous customer. Instead, they’ll operate more like regular food delivery services—you have to order and pay online in advance, and there’s an order minimum of $40.

While you’re waiting for some enterprising restaurateur to launch a fleet of margarita trucks in your city, learn how to make your own margarita at home with these priceless tips from a cocktail pro.

[h/t mySA]