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Hot Caramel Apple Cider

Bre adores the Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice drink and I admit it, I’m quite the fan myself.  We’re just not a fan of shucking out the bucks for it.  So naturally, I’ve been experimenting to get a close facsimile to the real thing and I think I’ve got it!  I thought I would give you the recipe using the most common size container apple cider comes in just to make life that much easier. You’ll have to excuse the not-so-good image, I was organizing the kitchen while this was brewing and really didn’t have the space to set up a nice display with lighting and all that jazz.  [Btw, those awesome mugs in the picture are from artist Mickey Mueller!]

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts Apple Cider (apple juice works as well but you’ll need to add mulling spices) – Save the container!
  • 3/4 cup caramel syrup or dipping caramel (the stuff you pour over ice cream that is more liquid than regular caramel)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Options: whipped cream for top or sweetened almond milk to cool, honey to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients (except the optional ones) into your crockpot.
  2. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Set your heat for “low”.
  4. Set your timer for 4 hours.
  5. Go do something else.
  6. Come back after 4 hours and serve hot with honey, milk and/or whipped cream.
  7. Let any remaining cider cool, pour into the cider container  you saved from earlier and refrigerate.
  8. To enjoy at a later point in time, pour mix into a mug, microwave till desired temperature, add milk/whipped cream or honey.
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