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Apple Crisp Macchiato {Starbucks Copycat}

If you're loving the new Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato, you're going to want to try this copycat recipe! Made with espresso, apple brown sugar simple syrup, and steamed milk, this sweet fall coffee drink is the perfect seasonal treat!
4.88 from 8 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Drinks, Macchiato Recipes, Starbucks Copycat, Starbucks Drinks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 Grande Macchiato
Author: Sues


  • 1 cup 2% milk (or dairy/non-dairy alternative of your choice)
  • 1 ½ oz Apple Brown Sugar Simple Syrup (recipe below), plus more for drizzling
  • 2 shots (2 oz) brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • ¼ cup frothed milk
  • Caramel sauce, for drizzling (optional)
  • Ground cinnamon, for topping

Apple Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar (I recommend dark for more caramel flavor, but you can use light too ), packed
  • 2 apples, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon


  • Heat milk to about 140-150 degrees (you can do this in the microwave or on stovetop. See post and notes for how to steam and froth milk at the same time in a mason jar).
  • Add apple brown sugar simple syrup and brewed espresso to a heat-proof glass.
  • Pour in steamed milk and top off with froth.
  • Drizzle with additional apple brown sugar simple syrup and caramel. And sprinkle on some cinnamon.

Apple Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

  • Put water, sugar, sliced apples, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, lower heat and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes, until mixture thickens and apples have softened.
  • Strain mixture into a bowl, being sure to press down on the apples with a wooden spoon or spatula to extract as much juice as possible.
  • Keep syrup in bowl or pour into a mason jar and place in fridge to cool completely before using. Syrup will continue to thicken as it cools.


  • To steam and froth milk at the same time without a frother, pour about 1 ¼ cups milk into a mason jar and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Place in microwave for 30-45 seconds, until about 140-150 degrees. Pour 1 cup steamed milk into the macchiato and spoon froth over the top.
  • If you prefer not to froth the milk, you can leave it out and the drink will still be delicious. Feel free to top with whipped cream if you want.
  • If this drink is too sweet or too milky for you, you can certainly play around with the ratios to get the strength and flavor that you like best!
  • I recommend using a sweet apple like Honeycrisp, Fuji, Gala, etc.
  • You should get about 1 ¼ cups of simple syrup with this recipe.

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