For someone who doesn’t drink coffee, I sure seem to spend a lot of time (and money) at Starbucks. I can’t get enough of their chai (especially with a shot of cinnamon dolce syrup), and every fall their caramel apple spice cider is my guilty pleasure. It has an obscene amount of sugar, and the whipped cream on top is probably not doing my waistline any favors, but it is just so good! It’s my favorite drink to get on a cold and rainy fall day (preferably while wearing a warm sweater) and it tastes like all the good things about fall.
Like everything else I love, I decided to find a way to make it at home, and this caramel apple cider was the result. I think I may like it more than the original! The salted caramel syrup contrasted with the sweet cider is flavor perfection. I used a farmers market apple cider for my base, and it was absolutely fantastic. If you don’t have any local orchards that make cider, I think Simply Apple or another good quality cider would work too. This is definitely going to be in my mug all fall long!
Caramel Apple Cider
4 cups good quality apple cider (I got mine at the farmers market, but Simply Apple would work well too)
4 pumps Torani salted caramel syrup (about 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 teaspoons caramel sauce (I used Torani brand)
In a medium pot, whisk together the apple cider, salted caramel syrup, and cinnamon, and heat to desired temperature. Divide the mixture between four mugs. Top each mug with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.