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two glasses of apple crisp macchiato

Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato Recipe

  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 oz drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Make a Starbucks apple crisp macchiato at home with this easy copycat recipe.  You'll make your own apple crisp syrup, and learn how to layer the ingredients to make the perfect fall coffee drink.


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For the Apple Crisp Syrup

  • 1/2 cup concentrated apple juice, thawed (120 ml)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (100g)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce (15 ml)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon concentrated lemonade, thawed

For the Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (100g)
  • 1/2 cup filtered water (120 ml)

For the Apple Crisp Macchiato

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar simple syrup (1 fl oz; 30 ml)
  • 1 cup steamed milk (8 fl oz; 240 ml)
  • 2 shots espresso or moka pot coffee (2 fl oz; 60 ml)
  • 1-2 tablespoons apple crisp syrup (1/2-1 fl oz; 15-30 ml)


  1. Apple Crisp Syrup: Dissolve the sugar into the concentrated apple juice in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat.  Lower the heat to medium and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat, then remove the cinnamon sticks and set aside.  Makes 3/4 cup (6 fl oz).
  2. Simple Syrup: Dissolve the sugar into the water and bring to a simmer over medium heat, then set aside.  Makes 3/4 cup (6 fl oz).
  3. Brew Espresso: Prepare two shots (2 fl oz; 60 ml) of espresso using your preferred method.  If you do not own an espresso machine, use a moka pot instead.
  4. Steam Milk: Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it reaches 131-143°F.
  5. Assembling Macchiato: Pour 2 tablespoons of brown sugar simple syrup into a 16-ounce glass.  Add 3/4 cup of steamed milk and 2 shots of espresso.  Froth 1/4 cup of steamed milk with a milk frother or steam wand, then pour on top.  Garnish the macchiato with a crosshatched pattern of the apple crisp syrup.
  6. Serve: Enjoy the macchiato right away.  For the best experience, do not stir before drinking.


  • Cool syrups before using.  They will thicken as they cool.
  • Make Ahead: Make a double or triple batch of the syrups and store them in large bottles with a syrup pump on top.  At Starbucks, one pump of syrup is equal to 1 fl oz (2 tablespoons). Be sure to refrigerate the syrups.
  • Iced Version: Use 1 cup of cold milk instead of steamed milk and skip the foam, then pour the drink over ice.
  • Want a Frappuccino? Pour the ingredients into a blender along with 1/2-1 cup of ice and 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum, then blend until smooth. Garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of apple crisp syrup. (Note: Starbucks uses Starbucks VIA Instant Italian Roast [affiliate] in frapps.)
  • Prep Time: Prep time listed in the recipe card only includes the time involved assembling the macchiato, not making the syrups or brewing the coffee.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American

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