Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato

The Starbucks Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato is so much better than their pumpkin spice latte. So, after my first time trying it, I set out on a mission to recreate a homemade version of the syrup with no chemicals or preservatives.

What You Need To Make This Syrup

  • Apples : the core of this recipe is the apples, so you want to make sure to pick ripe apples. Gala Apples or Granny Smith will be you best bet! We’ll be using every part of the apple, down to the peels.
  • Ground Cinnamon & Nutmeg : that feeling of fall you get from this drink is because of the wonderful aroma of these fresh fall spices/
  • Brown Sugar : while you could use white sugar, the molasses in brown sugar makes this drink so much more unique.
  • Lemon or Lime Juice : this may sounds weird but trust me you won’t even taste it. The citrus just brings out that apple flavor.

How to Make the Apple Crisp Macchiato

This macchiato is simple to assemble and calls for only a couple of simple ingredients.

Pick your espresso

For the espresso, you will want to choose a blonde espresso is possible. I personally just use the Bianco Leggero pod in my Nespresso machine because it’s caramel;-y and light without any of that dark roast aftertaste. In the initial launch of the Apple Crisp Macchiato, Starbucks did not use a blonde espresso, but they have since switched and it’s made all the difference. A lighter, sweeter roast brings out that apple pie flavor a lot more.

Choose Oatmilk

I typically choose to drink whatever milk is at my home, to avoid having a bunch of different milks in the house. For this drink, however, I would highly recommend going with oatmilk! Oatmilk is lighter, creamer and oats are literally a part of every apple crisp recipe.

Homemade Apple Crisp Syrup

The apple crisp syrup is what’s going to tie this whole recipe together. When coming up with this recipe, I went through many failed attempts before I got to the right one. While there are many versions already out there, I wanted to make on that was free of preservatives, chemicals and made still had that apple flavor coming through.

Is a Starbucks Macchiato a real macchiato?

Order an Iced Macchiato in any coffee shop except dunkin and Starbucks, and you will likely get something very different for what you are used to. Tradtionally, a macchiato is made with one espresso shot and topped off with 1-2 teaspoons of frothed milk and is served in a 2 or 3 oz cup. Clearly, this is very different for the version Starbucks serves, which is basically 80% milk. At Starbucks, a macchiato is made with 1-2 shots of espresso, syrup and milk. The biggest visual difference : a traditional macchiato has espresso on the bottom and not the top. Coffee aficionados typically relate the Starbucks macchiato more to a latte macchiato than an actual macchiato. Now all that said, I’m a sucker for the Apple Crisp Macchiato this fall!

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The REAL Starbucks Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato Copycat Recipe

  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 1 cup apple crisp syrup 1x


The Starbucks Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato is so much better than their pumpkin spice latte. So, after my first time trying it, I set out on a mission to recreate a homemade version of the syrup with no chemicals or preservatives.



For the Syrup (Makes 2-3 Drinks)

  • 2 Apples
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 lemon or lime
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, optional
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, optional

For the Macchiato

  • 3/4 cup oatmilk
  • 4 tbsp apple crisp syrup
  • 12 shots of espresso, based on preference
  • 1 cup Ice


To Make The Syrup

  1. Peel the apples and save the peels in a bowl. Cut the peeled apples into 5-6 pieces and add to a blender with 1 cup of water. Blend for 30 seconds until completely broken down.
  2. Strain the blended apple juice through a strainer and use a spoon to press down on the puree to get all the sweet stuff into the juice. Make sure not to waste any of the juice!
  3. Add the apple juice to a saucepan with 1/2 cup water, the peels you saved before, brown sugar, cinnamon, lime or lemon juice, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Let it come to a boil and simmer until it becomes about half the size.
  4. Pour into a a jar, let it cool and refrigerate until you are ready to use. You can also use it right away!

Make the Macchiato 

  1. Pour 4 tbsp of the apple syrup into a glass and top with ice. Pour in the Oatmilk and then the espresso. Stir everything well and taste. Add more of the syrup to taste. If you have caramel syrup, you can also top it with some caramel syrup!


If you want even more of an apple flavor, you can use 100% Apple Juice from concentrate or add in a few drops of apple extract.

Nutrition for 1 Drink : 170 Calories 

  • Cook Time: 15

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  1. This made my house smell super good! I added it to my iced coffee with some oat milk and the flavor was really good. I don’t have an espresso machine, but even as an addition to a strong iced coffee it’s got good flavor and isn’t overly sweet.

    1. that’s great!!