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How to Make a Copycat Iced Apple Crisp Shaken Espresso

How to Make a Copycat Iced Apple Crisp Shaken Espresso

Fall is just around the corner, but the new fall drinks have already hit coffee shop menus.

Although many coffee lovers consider the pumpkin spice latte the ultimate fall drink, several brand-new items are available on Starbucks’ fall menu for a limited time.

And one of my favorites is the new iced apple crisp oatmilk shaken espresso!

This drink combines the gooey taste of apple crisp with the bold kick of espresso, resulting in a new fall beverage that epitomizes the flavors of the season. 

If you’re as excited about this worthy addition to the fall menu as I am, stick with me for all the details on recreating this drink from the comfort of your own home.

And if you want to skip to the good stuff, click here to check out the copycat recipe.

Let’s get to it!

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​What is an Iced Apple Crisp Shaken Espresso?

The new iced apple crisp shaken espresso combines the crisp flavor of biting into a juicy apple with creamy oat milk and the subtle notes of blonde roast espresso. 

​This drink proves that although many diehard Starbucks fans consider fall to be pumpkin spice season, the fantastic balance of apple, hints of cinnamon, and richness of espresso combine to create a drink that easily rivals the PSL as the signature fall drink.

​I would even venture to say the apple crisp shaken espresso features all the best flavors of a homemade apple crisp in drink form.

What’s in an Iced Apple Crisp Shaken Espresso?

You can quickly whip up a glass of this refreshing drink with a few simple ingredients.


​If you have a Keurig, you can easily recreate the espresso portion of the drink by opting for the Starbucks veranda blend pods.

And if you have a Nespresso, you can also find Starbucks blonde espresso pods of this roast for your machine as well.

​Regular espresso machine owners can find Starbucks brand blonde espresso roast beans to give this drink that authentic Starbucks flavor at home.

No worries if you don’t have a Keurig, Nespresso, or espresso machine! You can still recreate the flavors of blonde espresso with regular coffee.

Go for a blonde roast coffee instead of medium or dark roasts and brew slightly stronger with your drip machine or French press to mimic the espresso flavor of the coffee house version.

Starbucks also makes instant blonde roast coffee, which is a convenient option if you don’t want to mess with a coffee maker. 

The instant coffee has a nice flavor that perfectly complements the other flavors in this drink. 

I experimented with several different ways however for this particular recipe, my favorite involves making espresso in my French press.

​Recreating coffee shop drinks at home should be a fun, stress-free experience, so use what you have. It’s all about using what you have on hand to recreate your favorite flavors!


The original drink features oat milk to add the hint of oat flavor characteristic of an apple crisp.

But feel free to use any milk you have for this drink.

Almond milk adds a slightly nutty flavor, as does soy milk.

You can also use regular dairy milk, such as 2% or whole milk.

The added fat content in these milks adds more body and substance to the drink.

Up the luxury feel of the drink by using cold foam.

Apple Flavor

​There are several ways to recreate this portion of the drink.

​If you envision yourself making several glasses of this drink over the next week or so, you can make a homemade batch of apple syrup.

​To do this, combine equal amounts of brown sugar and water and several sliced apples. If you want stronger apple flavor, opt for 2-3 large apples for 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water.

I recommend using Honeycrisp apples as their sweet flavor comes through the best in the syrup.

Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for around 20 minutes or until the apples soften.

​Pour the mixture through a strainer to remove the apple skins. Press with a spoon to remove as much juice as possible from the apples.

The mixture will stay fresh for 5-7 days in the refrigerator. 

If you want a flavor option that will stay fresh longer, opt for store-bought syrup.

Iced apple crisp oatmilk shaken espresso recipe

Iced Apple Crisp Oatmilk Shaken Espresso (Starbucks Copycat)

This refreshing drink combines the flavors of fresh apple crisp with espresso!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 large apples Honeycrisp apples are best in this recipe
  • 3 1/2 cups hot water
  • 4 tbsp ground espresso
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup oatmilk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ice


  • Combine brown sugar, water, and apples in a medium saucepan. Heat to boiling and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Skip this step if you're using pre-made apple syrup.
  • Once the apples are soft and the sugar has completely dissolved, pour into a strainer over a bowl. Take a spoon and smash the apples to remove as much juice as possible. Pour into a jar and allow to cool.
  • Add espresso, ground cinnamon, and ground ginger to a French press. If using a regular drip brew, simply add the spices to the ground coffee and brew twice as strong as you generally would brew.
  • Add boiling water to the French press and allow to brew for 4-5 minutes. Once done, depress the plunger and pour the espresso into an alternate container or small pitcher.
  • Fill a Mason jar with ice and pour espresso to fill the jar 2/3 of the way. Add 1-3 tablespoons apple syrup. Cover and shake for 30 seconds.
  • Combine the oatmilk and vanilla in a milk frother, creating cold foam. You can alternately use a mixer or handheld frother.
  • Pour the oatmilk froth into the Mason jar and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make a hot version of the apple crisp oat milk shaken espresso?

The hot version of this drink is also known as an apple crisp macchiato. This drink featuring the flavors of apple crisp is one of Starbucks’ featured fall menu items, found only during the fall season.

Recreate your own by warming oat milk and pouring it into your favorite mug. Top with 2 shots of espresso sweetened with apple crisp syrup. Finish with whipped cream or soft top and a light caramel drizzle for added indulgence.

Is the iced apple crisp oat milk shaken espresso a seasonal menu item?

Yes. This drink is featured on the Starbucks fall menu. But you can recreate the drink at home anytime by following the simple recipe above!

Does the iced apple crisp oat milk shaken espresso have caffeine?

The traditional Starbucks version does have caffeine. But you can order it half caffeinated or even decaffeinated.

How much sugar does an iced apple crisp oat milk shaken espresso contain?

The sugar content of the grande size of the coffee shop version contains around 20 grams of sugar. This is less than popular drinks featuring pumpkin spice syrup, with an average sugar content of approximately 50 grams.

And by making your own version at home, you can reduce the amount of added sugar even further.

Can you use store bought apple syrup to make this drink?

Absolutely! Although I’ve not personally tried the brand, Monin makes an apple syrup that has gotten great reviews.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve been searching for a signature fall drink that doesn’t feature a strong coffee taste and has nothing to do with pumpkin spice, then the iced apple crisp shaken espresso is a great option for you!

The drink comes together quickly, especially with premade apple-flavored syrup and instant coffee.

It’s a modern take on all those traditional fall flavors that will quickly become your new go-to drink this season.

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