This easy homemade recipe for Starbucks’ NEW fall drink, the Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato, is my newest coffee obsession! Its the perfect summer-to-fall transitional drink because its sweet and spiced with fall flavours, but tastes great iced! Its the most perfect iced coffee to cool off with at the end of August, but if hot drinks are more your thing I included a hot version as well! Starbucks has this drink both hot and iced, so I’ve got you covered if you’re one or the other, or just like to switch it up based on your mood! I love that the idea behind the iced version was to mimic apple crisp à la mode (meaning, with ice cream!)
The Starbucks Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato is described as: Layered flavors of apple and brown sugar meld like the filling of a gooey apple pie in harmony with espresso, milk, ice and a caramelized-spiced apple drizzle—a nostalgic autumn pick-me-up. A macchiato translates to “marked”, meaning espresso is poured over top of steamed milk and then further “marked” with a spiced apple drizzle in a lattice pattern, to evoke the top of a pie.
I knew when I read that description, I HAD to try an at home version! I actually had a free drink at Starbucks (birthday things, hehe) so I used it to try this drink, for research! I brought it home so I could compare, sip for sip, to see if I truly nailed it.
And guys? I totally did. It was truly identical, except for the fact that mine was the slightest bit less sweet. Just a smidge less sweet, which I actually liked because even though I opted for 2 pumps of syrup in the one I ordered from Starbucks as opposed to 3 which is their norm, it was suuuuuper sweet.
So, what is this drink exactly?
Homemade apple brown sugar syrup with oat milk, espresso, ice (or no ice if you’re making it hot) and a homemade spiced apple caramel drizzle.
I like to add the syrup to the hot espresso to make sure it dissolves all the way before pouring over ice. So, add it to the hot espresso and stir. Then, fill your glass with ice, add the creamy dreamy oat milk, followed by the espresso and a criss cross pattern drizzle of the spiced apple caramel drizzle. I love making drinks at home because you can control the sweetness, milkiness and amount of espresso so easily. It truly is the perfect drink for sipping on as we bring summer to a close. Don’t worry, its still hot as heck here so I’m not letting go just yet, but with delicious drinks like this I won’t be so sad to start getting into fall.
How to make the Apple Brown Sugar Syrup and Spiced Apple Caramel Drizzle:
These two components really are the key to these lattes.
For the syrup, you’ll need brown sugar, cinnamon, water and applesauce. I used unsweetened applesauce from the store, but if you can’t buy it or want to make your own, here’s how. You simmer all of these ingredients on the stove to dissolve the sugar and that’s it! Super easy.
The drizzle is similar to a caramel sauce, where you dissolve sugar in water, simmer until amber in colour, add some vegan cream (I used Earth’s Own oat cream, but canned coconut milk works too), vegan butter, apple sauce and spices and simmer a bit longer until thickened. This stuff is craaaaazy good. Like, you’ll want to eat it with a spoon.
Oh yeah, and your kitchen is going to smell incredible!
If you try this one out, let me know what you think! Are you a fan of it hot or iced? Do you like the combo of apple and coffee? So curious to know your thoughts!Print