The Apple Crisp Macchiato rivals the flavors of everyone’s favorite pumpkin coffee. Spiced apple syrup pairs beautifully with espresso and milk to create a hot or iced drink.
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Copycat Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato recipe
Move over, pumpkin spice latte. There’s a new girl in town: the Apple Crisp Macchiato.
This fruity coffee drink is the most fabulous drink for the fall season.
If you’ve been wanting to try this copycat Starbucks drink at home, you absolutely can.
Start with a homemade apple syrup made with real apples and spices. It’s simple and sweet and works in cocktails as well. Then combine it with milk and espresso, hot or iced.
Let’s make this delicious coffee drink together!
Why you’ll love this recipe
Starbucks fans will love making this copycat drink at home:
- The Apple Crisp Macchiato can be served hot or iced.
- Homemade apple syrup adds an incredible apple flavor.
- It is easy to make at home — especially if you have an espresso maker (but you’re not out of luck if you don’t have one).
- They are delicious, refreshing and a cozy afternoon pick-me-up.
What is a macchiato?
In Italian, the word “macchiato” means “marked” or “stained.” When it comes to coffee, it means espresso coffee with a little milk.
The caramel macchiato is a coffee drink sold at Starbucks coffee shops. It is made inverted, so the milk and syrup are added first and then the espresso is added on top.
This means the drink is a little bit sweeter at the bottom and gets less sweet as you sip, unless you stir it up with your straw or a spoon to equalize the sweetness.
Starbucks also carries other flavors of macchiatos, including:
- Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato
- Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato
- Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato
- Hazelnut Macchiato
- Espresso Macchiato
What is an Apple Crisp Macchiato?
The Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato is one of the drinks in the Starbucks fall line-up of seasonal beverages, alongside the pumpkin cream cold brew. It was a new drink added in 2021.
It’s essentially a caramel macchiato, but with spiced apple syrup instead of caramel sauce.
Macchiatos are made upside-down: The syrup and milk are added first, then the espresso on top. The drink can be served ice or in a hot version.
The apple macchiato is made with simple ingredients. Here’s what you want to get from the grocery store to make the apple macchiato at home:
- espresso: Starbucks uses its blonde espresso, which is a lighter roast. A dark or medium roast also work well to pair with the sweet apple syrup. You can also use any very strong brewed coffee or cold brew.
- milk of choice: Oat milk is what Starbucks uses, but you can use almond milk, whole milk, 2% milk or half-and-half too.
- apple simple syrup: You can buy apple syrup or make your own with real apples and spices. It tastes like apple pie.
- ice: Not needed if you want to make a hot macchiato!
Variations and substitutions
Hot apple macchiato: Use steamed milk and no ice to make this a hot drink.
Decaf apple macchiato: Stock up on decaf espresso if you need your afternoon pick-me-up to pack less of a punch.
Cinnamon sugar rim: Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar to give it more of a fall flavor. Or top the drink with a pinch of ground cinnamon.
Coffee ice cubes: Freeze coffee into ice cube trays ahead of time. When added to a drink, it becomes infused with more flavor as the ice melts.
How to make espresso
The easiest way to make this copycat drink is with an espresso machine. Personally, I use a Nespresso machine.
I love having this on hand for easy lattes and cappuccinos. It is definitely the easiest way to make espresso drinks at home.
But if you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use very strong coffee or you can brew espresso another way, such as:
- With an Aeropress: Learn how to use this easy method for making coffee and espresso. I have tried this before and it’s really delicious!
- With a stovetop espresso maker: You can make your pumpkin spice latte on the stove by making your espresso in this cute little pot!
- Using Instant espresso powder: This is probably my least favorite method because fresh is better, but the instant stuff can still be good in a pinch, especially if you are traveling or can’t access these other methods.
Homemade apple syrup
To make this ultimate fall drink, the key ingredient is the spiced apple drizzle that goes into the recipe.
You can buy apple syrup but it’s actually quite easy to make at home, plus it will have natural flavors versus artificial ingredients. You’ll want to use real apples and whole spices like cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg.
Homemade apple syrup comes together with sugar and water on the stove. You’ll wind up with a sweet spiced apple crisp syrup with all the flavor of apples. You can use white sugar or brown sugar or a mix of both.
Leftover syrup? Use it to make an apple pie old-fashioned with your favorite bourbon. You can also drizzle it over apple pie.
How to make an iced apple crisp macchiato
Ready to make your own own apple macchiato? It is super simple! Here’s what to do:
First, fill a tall cup or glass with ice. Add apple syrup and milk to the glass and stir them together to combine. (Skip the ice and use steamed milk if you want a hot drink.)
Then, add the shot of espresso over the top. If you are making an iced macchiato, the espresso should be slightly cooled. The espresso will sit on top and blend slowly into the cream layer to make a pretty gradient, ombré look.
Drizzle apple syrup over the top of the ice around the edge of the glass so that it drips down and creates a pretty effect.
Tips & tricks
For an iced drink, the espresso should be slightly cooled so that it doesn’t melt the ice.
Ensure that the apple sauce is drizzled around the edge of the glass, not directly over top of the ice. You don’t want it to be stuck on the ice — you want it to seep down between the ice and the inside edge of the glass.
Be sure to add the ingredients in the order described. To get the layered, ombré effect, you need to add them in the correct order:
- Add syrup and milk first.
- Then add ice cubes.
- Add your shots of espresso.
- Finally, add caramel sauce to the top of the drink.
If you wish, you can decorate the glass with caramel drizzle before adding any of the other ingredients, but it’s not necessary as the caramel will drip down around the edges of the glass.
Sprinkle with apple pie spice or ground cinnamon.
What to serve with Apple Crisp Macchiatos
Enjoy this copycat Starbucks drink with some fall coffee-time treats as well.
This delicious drink would also be great with a slice of copycat Starbucks pumpkin bread — a must, if you ask me!
It would be a great coffee drink to serve after dinner at Thanksgiving alongside a slice of apple, pumpkin or pecan pie.
The apple crisp macchiato is one of Starbucks’ fall drinks. It is made with blonde espresso, oat milk and apple syrup. It can be served hot or iced.
The first version of the apple crisp macchiato was made with 2% milk or whole milk, but the 2022 and 2023 versions include oat milk instead.
More fall coffee recipes
- Cinnamon Dolce Latte
- Gingerbread Latte
- Irish Cream Cold Brew
- Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso
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Apple Crisp Macchiato
Apple Crisp Macchiato
- 1 shot fresh-brewed espresso slightly cooled
- ¾ cup milk of choice steamed or cold
- 1 ounce apple syrup divided
- 1 cup ice optional
- 1 pinch apple pie spice or cinnamon
Apple Crisp Syrup
- 1 large red apple diced
- 1 cup water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves
- ½ cup sugar
Apple Crisp Macchiato
- Prepare espresso. If making an iced macchiato, allow it to cool slightly.
- To a heat-proof mug (for hot drink) or a highball glass filled with ice (for iced drink), add ½ ounce apple syrup and milk. Stir together
- Top with ice. (Skip this step for a hot drink.)
- Pour espresso over the top.
- Drizzle the top and inner rim of the glass with more apple syrup or caramel sauce.
- Top with a sprinkle of apple pie spice or cinnamon.
Apple Crisp Syrup
- Place diced apple, water, cinnamon stick and cloves in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat to a simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Don’t stir too much or press on the apples or the syrup will become cloudy.
- With a fine-mesh strainer, strain the liquid into a measuring cup. Discard the solids.
- Pour the liquid back into the saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the sugar until dissolved, but don’t boil. Remove from heat.
- Store in an airtight, food-safe container such as a bottle or mason jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.
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