Autumnal blender

Pumpkin pie smoothie

illustration by Kyle Shine

Hating on pumpkin spice drinks is overdone. So fear not and try the seasonally appropriate pumpkin pie smoothie ($8.50 for 24 ounces) at the just-over-a-month-old Nekter Juice Bar (1050 20th Street). It’s made with pumpkin, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, agave nectar, housemade cashew milk and dates that provide a chewy texture somewhat adjacent to boba. It’s too exhausting to constantly align yourself against products designed to appease the mainstream. So, just for a moment, drop your hip cynicism toward basic delights and have a sip of this naturally sweet treat.