This apple brown sugar simple syrup adds an amazing autumn flavor to coffee, tea, or any drink. It’s similar to the famous pumpkin spice syrup but lends a different twist to your favorite fall drinks. It’s perfect for making a DIY apple crisp macchiato at home!
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WHAT MAKES THIS SYRUP WORK
Personally, I’d choose a macchiato, latte, cold foam, or anything else flavored with apple brown sugar syrup over its pumpkin spice counterpart, as I like the crispier and brighter flavor profile much better.
Starbucks uses a similar syrup to flavor their fall special offering, the apple crisp macchiato.
This simple syrup has a hint of apple from the apple juice but the combination of spices is what really makes it work. It leads with cinnamon, then adds nutmeg and cardamom to round out the flavors. All of these are common pairings with coffee!
Just like in similar syrups, it’s really about the spices that remind you of an apple pie, rather than the apple flavor. So, if the thought of apple and coffee together doesn’t enthrall you, don’t worry, there’s only a hint of actual apple flavor.
This syrup is simple to make, and you may have all these ingredients on hand in your kitchen already!
- Apple juice
- Brown Sugar
Idea: Get your spices from Amazon!
Is this the same as what Starbucks uses in its Apple Crisp Macchiato?
This is very similar to the apple brown sugar syrup used at Starbucks. If you want a copycat syrup to make a drink at home, give this a try.
Does this syrup actually contain apple?
Yes, it contains apple juice.
Can I make this on the stove instead of in the microwave?
Yes, this recipe is for the microwave because I find it easier and faster, but you can follow the same process on a stovetop.
How long is the syrup good for?
Put the finished syrup in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to three weeks.
Apple Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cardamom (optional)
- Whisk water, apple juice and brown sugar together in a microwave-safe bowl.* Microwave mixture for about two minutes until it starts to boil.
- Take simple syrup mixture out and add spices.** Whisk together.
- Put back in the microwave and watch until it boils again. Should take under one minute.
- Remove and let rest until cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.