Crafted with just four simple ingredients, my copycat Starbucks Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato recipe brings a hefty dose of autumnal charm to your morning routine, without breaking the bank. Say farewell to those long lines and sky-high prices at Starbucks, and say hello to a stunningly delicious DIY apple crisp oat milk macchiato that's perfect for ushering in sweater season!
As the days gradually shorten and a gentle crispness tinges the air, I'm eagerly waiting for when I can bust out all my coziest sweaters and dive headfirst into the changing seasons. And what better way to celebrate the arrival of fall than with a delightful concoction that marries the refreshing tang of autumn apples with the comfort of warming spices all mixed together in a perfectly crafted macchiato?
This iced apple crisp oat milk macchiato isn't just a beverage; it's an experience. It's the embodiment of the anticipation that comes with fall's arrival – that delicate balance between shedding summer's sticky embrace and embracing the snug allure of soft knits, cozy socks, and cute scarves.
So, whether you're welcoming the first blush of red and orange leaves or still relishing the dwindling days of summer, raise your glass to a drink that captures the essence of sweater season in a way only a well-crafted macchiato can. This enchanting apple macchiato is the perfect bridge between seasons, offering a sip of both rejuvenating coolness and familiar, soul-soothing coziness.
- What is an Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato?
- What does it taste like?
- Why You’ll Love This Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato Recipe
- Ingredients Needed
- How To Make An Iced Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato At Home
- Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
- Serving Suggestions
- Recipe Success Tips
- Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato Nutrition
- Other Starbucks Copycat Recipes
- Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato (Starbucks Copycat)
What is an Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato?
If you haven't yet tried a Starbucks apple crisp oatmilk macchiato, now's the time. This delightful concoction is Starbucks' fresh take on the fall season, bringing you all the apple-infused goodness you crave.
A macchiato, which roughly translates to "mark" in English, is made by "marking" milk with freshly pulled shots of espresso. It's basically like a latte, but the order of operations is slightly different — rather than pouring your frothed milk over your espresso, you pour the espresso over the milk.
If you've tried a caramel macchiato, you're probably already familiar with the concept, except this is a fall-inspired rendition of the Italian classic. A splash of warming cinnamon apple brown sugar syrup is added for sweetness, then the drink is topped with a squiggle of spiced apple caramel sauce. It's like autumn decided to throw a DELICIOUS party in your cup!
What does it taste like?
Close your eyes and take that first sip of this homemade iced Starbucks apple crisp oatmilk macchiato, and boom – you're crunching into a juicy apple straight from the tree. The sweet symphony of apple brown sugar syrup dances across your tongue, like a caramelized serenade that's both cheeky and charming.
But hold onto your hats, because the dynamic duo of espresso and oatmilk sweeps in all bold and smooth, with oat milk's creamy cape fluttering in the wind.
And just when you think the adventure's over, the spiced apple caramel drizzle titillates your tongue. It's like a magical gust of wind, sprinkled with cinnamon and a touch of pixie dust. It crowns your cup with a final flourish, making you feel like you've found the golden treasure at the end of an autumn rainbow.
So, imagine a sip that's a bit like a cozy campfire chat with a mischievous forest sprite – a delightful blend of warmth, sweetness, and a dash of whimsy. It's like the taste of fall itself! 🍂🍎🍏🍁
Why You’ll Love This Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato Recipe
Still undecided about whether or not to try this iced apple crisp oatmilk macchiato recipe? I’m pretty much certain you’re going to love it because it’s:
- Quick & Easy - Making this deliciously sweet coffee drink takes just a few minutes of time. You’ll basically be done in however long it takes for your espresso to brew!
- Made With Just A Handful Of Ingredients - A short ingredient list always feels like a win. And, unlike many of the drinks you’d get from your favorite coffee shop, this one is made with only real, simple, easy-to-pronounce-and-procure ingredients you can find at any grocery store.
- Budget-Friendly - If you can quit your $6-a-day coffee habit, you’ll have way more moola in the kitty for doing fun fall activities like going apple picking, taking hayrides, or coming up with a stellar Halloween costume.
- Bursting With Fall Flavors! If autumn is your favorite season, why wait for the retail giants to tell you so? Make this yummy iced apple crisp oat milk macchiato recipe next time you’re dreaming of leaves crunching under your boots — even if it’s in the middle of summer!
As promised, you only need a handful of ingredients to make this hygge-approved Starbucks apple crisp macchiato recipe. Here’s what to grab:
- Apple Brown Sugar Syrup - While you’re welcome to purchase store-bought, my easy recipe takes just a few minutes to whip up.
- Oat Milk - My favorite apple crisp macchiato Starbucks order always incorporates this dreamy plant-based milk. Make sure to reach for a “Barista Blend” for the creamiest results.
- Espresso - Freshly pulled shots of espresso are ideal for making the namesake “mark” on your macchiato.
- Caramel Sauce - Totally optional, but absolutely spectacular if you like the sound of a homemade Starbucks caramel apple macchiato.
As much as I love my copycat apple crisp macchiato Starbucks recipe, sometimes you need to be flexible depending on what you have on hand. Below are some of my favorite ingredient swaps to try:
- Apple Brown Sugar Syrup - You can always use plain brown sugar syrup, then add a few drops of apple extract. Or, use plain apple simple syrup, though you’ll miss out on the cozy molasses notes from brown sugar.
- Oat Milk - Feel free to swap in the milk of your choice! Dairy milk or any vanilla or plain unsweetened vegan milk is perfect.
- Espresso - Using cold brew coffee is also perfectly acceptable!
- Caramel Sauce - Feel free to omit this, or if you want a less refined drizzle, consider using a touch of maple syrup instead. You can also go no-calorie by sprinkling on some cinnamon, nutmeg, or apple pie spices instead.
How To Make An Iced Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato At Home
This homemade Starbucks apple macchiato comes together in just a few minutes’ time. Here’s how:
Step 1: Make Spiced Apple Drizzle (Optional). Stir together the ingredients in a small bowl or jar and set aside.
Step 2: Pour apple brown sugar syrup into a tall glass.
Step 3: Top with oat milk, then ice.
Step 4: Pour the hot espresso over the ice.
Step 5: Drizzle with the spiced apple drizzle and/or sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Drink up!
Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
As with all recipes here on CoffeeCopycat, I want you to feel empowered to make this apple oatmilk macchiato your own. Here are a few variations to consider:
- Different Milk - Just because oatmilk is my favorite doesn’t mean it has to be yours. Feel free to swap in the milk of your choice.
- Decaf - Get all the yummy caramel apple macchiato Starbucks flavors you crave, just without the buzz.
- Skinny - Keep your calorie intake in check by swapping in a lighter milk variety (e.g. skim milk or unsweetened almond milk) and omitting the spiced apple caramel drizzle.
- Hot - Skip the ice and opt for steamed milk to get the full cozy effect.
Let's dive into a world of fall-fueled fun and deliciousness with some fun serving suggestions for your iced apple crisp oatmilk macchiatos:
- Apple-Picking: Fill your travel tumbler with this fall-flavored coffee drink and head to the orchard for a delightful apple-picking adventure. Sip your iced apple macchiato while choosing the juiciest apples straight from the tree. It's like your beverage becomes part of the harvest!
- Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza: Invite friends over for a pumpkin carving soirée! As you craft spooky and whimsical designs, serve up your fall macchiatos to keep everyone fueled and inspired.
- Apple-Crisp Baking Bonanza: Spend a day in the kitchen baking apple-inspired treats – apple crisps, pies, or muffins. Your apple crisp macchiato is the perfect companion to your apple-baking adventures.
- Pumpkin Patch Playdate: If you have little ones around, plan a trip to a pumpkin patch for some pumpkin picking and hayrides. Keep your energy up with this frosty beverage while you entertain the kiddos.
- Sunset Scenic Drive: Take a scenic drive with your honey to catch a breathtaking fall sunset. Park at a cozy lookout spot, and enjoy the view with your drink in one hand and your partner's hand in the other – the colors of the sky and the flavors in your cup will be in perfect harmony.
Remember, this Iced Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato is more than just a drink – it's a vessel for creating memories and weaving delightful experiences. So, whether you're sipping under falling leaves or under a starry sky, let the magic of the season infuse every moment! 🍂🍎✨
Recipe Success Tips
Here are some recipe success tips to ensure that your homemade iced apple oatmilk macchiato turns out absolutely delightful:
- Quality Ingredients: Since this drink features a few key ingredients, make sure they're of good quality. Use freshly brewed espresso or strong coffee, a high-quality oat milk (or milk of your choice), and consider making your own apple brown sugar syrup for that extra homemade touch.
- Consistent Measurements: Precision matters in creating a balanced flavor profile. Use a measuring tool to ensure consistent amounts of espresso, syrup, and milk each time you make the drink.
- Temperature Balance: To achieve that perfect blend of cool refreshment and cozy warmth, ensure your espresso is chilled and your oat milk is cold. This temperature contrast is part of what makes this drink so delightful.
- Layering Technique: The iconic look of a macchiato is achieved by gently pouring the espresso over the milk. To get this right, pour the espresso slowly over the back of a spoon placed just above the milk's surface. Also, note that the syrup is supposed to sit at the bottom of the glass, which is how Starbucks does it — don't stir up your drink until serving for those gorgeously defined layers.
I’m not sure, but who cares? With this simple copycat recipe, you can make your own whenever the craving strikes. 😉
I think that totally depends on your preferences and also on where you live. Right now it’s still pretty toasty in Oregon, so I’m sticking with iced macchiatos until the temps drop. Either way, this apple macchiato is delightful!
If you make it with oatmilk as directed, or use another plant-based milk, yes!
Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato Nutrition
So, you're diving into a cup of pure fall enchantment with the Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato! Here's a sip-by-sip nutritional overview of what's hiding in those layers of yum (drizzle not included):
At only a delightful 182 calories per cup, this is a cozy sipper that won't tip the scales. With 4 grams of total fat, your drink gets that creamy charm from oatmilk and just a touch of good ol' fats.
You’ll get a little protein punch at 2 grams – it’s not the main act, but definitely a supporting star. Feel free to amp up the protein by blending your favorite unflavored or vanilla protein powder into your oat milk, or swapping in a higher-protein alternative like dairy milk.
With 34 grams of carbohydrates, this apple macchiato brings the energy to keep you going through pumpkin carving and leaf piles. A sweet serenade of 26 grams of sugar – mostly from that tempting apple brown sugar syrup – means this coffee drink is definitely edging into treat territory.
Remember, enjoying this magical macchiato is about savoring the moment and the flavors. While it's a treat that brings the coziness of fall, it's always good to be mindful of your nutritional intake. So, grab your cup and dive into the flavors of the season with a smile! 🍎🍂🥤
Total nutritional content per serving is:
- Calories: 182 calories
- Total Fat: 4 grams
- Protein: 2 grams
- Sodium: 144 mg
- Carbohydrates: 34 grams
- Sugar: 26 grams
*This nutritional information is an estimate and calculated based on the ingredients used to create the recipe. The nutritional value of your ingredients may differ slightly. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.
Other Starbucks Copycat Recipes
Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato (Starbucks Copycat)
- Stir together the spiced apple drizzle ingredients in a small bowl or jar and set aside.
- Pour 2 tablespoon apple brown sugar syrup into a tall glass.
- Top with oat milk, then ice.
- Pour the hot espresso over the ice.
- Drizzle with the spiced apple drizzle and/or sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Drink up!