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Caramel Apple Cider

Caramel Apple Cider

Once you’ve made some Spiced Apple Cider, or if you simply happen to have a bottle of storebought cider in the back of the fridge, it is a snap to make one of my favorite wintertime drinks, Caramel Apple Cider. I was first turned onto this drink on a visit to Starbucks, where it is generally available year-round but is often featured on the menu boards during the winter. The drink seems to retain heat much better than just about anything else, so not only does it taste great, but it keeps your hands warm when it is snowy outside!

The Starbucks version of this drink is made by steaming apple cider until it is very hot, then adding caramel and whipped cream. I start mine with homemade cider and heat it up in a saucepan if I am going to be serving a crowd and in a mug in the microwave if I’m only serving myself. Once the cider is steaming hot, stir in about 1 1/2 tbsp caramel sauce, then add whipped cream and another drizzle of caramel. Use any kind of caramel for this drink, whether it’s homemade sauce or your favorite topping brand – I’ve even melted solid caramels into it in a pinch and it turned out very well. I often add a very small pinch of salt to the caramel on top for that salted caramel effect, too.

The sweetness of the caramel highlights the sweetness of the apples in the cider, while the whipped cream on top is a nice, cool contrast to the steamy beverage below. And the caramel on top? Why, that’s just an excuse to eat even more caramel. As though I needed one.

Caramel Apple Cider
12-oz plain or Spiced Apple Cider
1 1/2 tbsp caramel sauce
whipped cream, for topping
additional caramel sauce, for topping
small pinch salt (optional)

Heat cider on the stovetop or in the microwave until it is steaming. Pour into a large mug. Stir in caramel sauce.
Top with lightly sweetened whipped cream and a drizzle of additional caramel sauce. If desired, add a small pinch of salt to the caramel on top.

Serves 1.

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41 Comments
  • Nutmeg Nanny
    November 13, 2009

    Oh my gosh this looks amazing! This is prefect for Fall!!!

  • Shannon
    November 13, 2009

    My fav starbucks drink! My friend that works there told me how to make it but I never have caramel or whipped cream. One of these days!

  • Eva
    November 13, 2009

    I love the caramel apple cider from Starbucks. I worked there for a short period of time so I thought I might add that cinnamon syrup is also added to this drink. I will never forget with a customer pointed out that I had forgot to add this, it’s the only reason I am bringing it up. I think I might have to get one of these tomorrow. Mmmmm. Love your site and your recipes. I’m asking for your cookbook for my birthday. Can’t wait!

  • confectionate
    November 14, 2009

    This sounds sooo good!

  • Trish
    November 14, 2009

    Oh this is such a nice little recipe here! Very satisfying! Love the picture too!

  • Whistling Kettle
    November 14, 2009

    Man, this sounds incredible. I’m a little worried that it might end up being TOO sweet when you add the caramel, but it certainly looks delicious.

    I will have to give this a try, thanks for the recommendation!

  • Alexandra
    November 14, 2009

    This looks fabulous. The Starbucks version, however, is in fact not even made with caramel. I worked at Starbucks for many years and the drink is made by steaming apple juice and adding cinnamon syrup to the apple juice. The drink is then topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce, but there is actually no caramel in the drink itself. Caramel Apple Cider is one of my all time favourite drinks as well. 🙂

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    November 14, 2009

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  • Elaine
    November 16, 2009

    I think the picture got me I love this from Starbucks but I’ll be trying this ASAP.

    Regards
    Elaine

  • angelina
    November 16, 2009

    this looks delicious. Thank you for the recipe

  • Sara
    November 16, 2009

    WOW! This looks absolutely amazing!

  • Sarah
    November 17, 2009

    YUMM! This is the ONLY drink I get from Starbucks (cant stand coffee). Im going home to make it tonight 🙂

  • Harmony Rose
    November 19, 2009

    Simply decadent 🙂

    What an amazing recipes!

  • Stephanie
    November 25, 2009

    Mmmm. Caramel Apple Cider is my FAVORITE drink in the wintertime. I’m not a big coffee drinker so I almost always order this when I stop in at Starbucks. Now I can make it myself! 🙂

    Thanks!

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  • Non Chexsystems Banks
    December 2, 2009

    The caramel apple cider tastes delicious. I tried it this morning & the kids loved it. Thanks.

  • Air Horn
    December 2, 2009

    When I made this i also put 2 spoons of coffee expresso & it tasted even more delicious. Maybe you too should try it.

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    December 21, 2009

    I am enthralled by the way that you make cookies. It really sound so easy and simple. I’m just excited to try it on my own. Cheers!

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  • jdmswap
    March 23, 2010

    Wow this looks delicious. I have to try this out. I love apple cider. Thanks

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    April 11, 2010

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  • Smart LIpo
    April 12, 2010

    Caramel Apple Cider is my FAVORITE drink in the wintertime. I’m not a big coffee drinker.I’m a little worried that it might end up being TOO sweet when you add the caramel, but it certainly looks delicious.

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    April 20, 2010

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    April 20, 2010

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  • Caramel Apple Cider has a great taste, I have tested it once in a restaurant when I was in Pittsburgh on a official tour…
    now, I am back to India and very happy to get amazing recipe of this..
    Thanks buddy…….[:)]

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    May 22, 2010

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    December 28, 2012

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