The original apple crisp macchiato is a concoction from one of the world’s largest coffee shops, Starbucks. It was created in 2021 for the autumn menu, and aimed to be a tasty alternative to the regular pumpkin spice style fall menu items.
It contains a perfect blend of espresso coffee, milk and apple flavoured brown sugar syrup. If iced coffees are something you love to enjoy as the coloured leaves are falling in these colder months, then an iced apple crisp macchiato recipe is sure to be something you’re going to want to make again and again.
Watch the video to see how it’s done + get the recipe below:
Homemade Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato
Ingredients You'll Need
- Red apple
- Apple cider
- Brown sugar – it's what gives the syrup a deep caramel flavour
- Cinnamon sticks – essential for that aromatic spiced apple aroma
- Whole milk
- Espresso – 2 shots
Making The Brown Sugar Apple Crisp Syrup
- Dice the apple and place in a small saucepan with the other syrup ingredients
- Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to medium-low and cook for around 10 minutes (or until the apples are tender)
- Turn off the heat and leave for around 15 minutes
- Grab a fine mesh strainer and drain the syrup from the apples into a bowl
Store the syrup in the fridge (in an airtight container) and enjoy the leftover syrup over waffles, pancakes, or your future iced macchiato drinks.
Preparing Your Apple Crisp Iced Macchiato Coffee Drink
- Grab a tall glass (we love our double wall ones) and pour the milk in
- Add syrup
- Add some ice
- Gently pour the espresso shots over the milk
Stir and enjoy!
What Does An Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato Taste Like?
A wonderful mix of fruitiness and coffee, this iced drink owes its flavour to the caramelization of brown sugar and notes of baked apple. It echoes the flavours of fall, a time when apples are ripe on the tree and lend themselves to a variety of warming baked dishes such as apple pie.
This iced drink plays on this flavour, but delivers it in a cool and crisper way, taking advantage of the sourness and acidity of ripe apples like when you take a first bite.
Are There Any Variations On This Iced Drink Recipe?
Yes, you can make this recipe wholly vegan or dairy-free by using almond or oat milk, giving that creamier texture. You can also add a variety of spices to the drink which really complement the apple syrup flavour. Ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks enhance the autumn flavours, and you can even add a sprinkling of nutmeg to the mix.
Espresso is the chosen coffee for this iced drink recipe, however you can just as easily create a stronger coffee or pre-bought cold brew to make this drink.
Is It Possible To Make A Warm Version Of The Apple Crisp Macchiato?
The perfect fall drink recipe to make on a cool winter evening to enjoy by the fire, a warm apple crisp macchiato can be made in the same way but by heating the milk first either in a saucepan or in the microwave. It’s best enjoyed with some seasonal cookies flecked with nuts.
Try It Yourself!
Ready to make your own iced apple crisp macchiato? Whether you want to drink it hot or cold, we've got everything you need to make and serve it!