All the best fall flavors come together in this hot Caramel Apple Cider. It tastes just like Starbuck’s Caramel Apple Spice!
There’s no better way to warm up on a cool fall day than a warm drink like Halloween Hot Cocoa or this caramel apple cider!! It would go great with a bowl of Homemade Caramel Apple Dip and a side of Candy Corn Rice Krispies Treats.
calling all Caramel Apple lovers!
My favorite season is FALL!! I love all the typical things like fall colors, leaves, and sweater weather, but I also love the drinks like hot chocolate and apple cider. Today we’re kicking things up a notch by making Caramel Apple Cider.
Some people call this drink Caramel Apple Spice, because it tastes a lot like the one from Starbucks. We used regular apple cider and added caramel syrup (the kind you mix with drinks), lemon juice, and pumpkin spice, then topped it with whipped cream and caramel syrup topping (the thicker kind you put on ice cream).
I loved the caramel part the best, and I think you’ll love it too. It’s really easy to make and is perfect for fall events—like Halloween!! If you love warm, delicious drinks you’ll love this one too.
How to Make Caramel Apple Cider
For how yummy this recipe is, it only takes a few ingredients!
COMBINE. Take regular apple juice or apple cider and add caramel, pumpkin spice, and lemons juice in a large pot on the stove.
HEAT. Cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring a lot.
GARNISH + SERVE. Once it’s nice and hot, pour into cups (we were able to make about 6, but it depends on how big or small your cups are) and top with whipped cream. Drizzle with caramel topping (the thicker kind of syrup) and sprinkle with more pumpkin spice or cinnamon if you like! This makes it look really pretty. And voila! Caramel Apple Cider (AKA Caramel Apple Spice)!
Tips + Storing Info
Keep Warm: Make this and keep it warm in the crockpot for as long as you need. It can sit on the “keep warm” setting during any sort of party or event.
Why lemon juice? Lemon juice provides some tang and cuts through the sweetness of the drink. It gives a great contrast and a deeper flavor.
Caramel: You can use the store bought caramel sauce, or if you have a great homemade caramel sauce recipe it would be awesome in this drink.
STORE any leftover cider in a closed container in the fridge for about a week. FREEZE leftovers for up to a year if you freeze it with about 2 inches of headspace left in the airtight container. This will allow for the apple cider to expand naturally.
For more yummy fall drinks, check out:
- Halloween Hot Cocoa
- Mexican Hot Chocolate
- Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa
- White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Caramel Apple Cider Recipe
- 8 c apple juice or apple cider
- ½ c caramel syrup
- 3 TB lemon juice
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
- whipped cream
- caramel syrup topping
- Combine apple juice/cider, caramel syrup, lemon juice and pumpkin spice in a large pot.
- Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Pour into cups and top with whipped cream and ice cream caramel syrup.