Every year around this time I start craving caramel apple cider from Starbucks. If you haven’t tried it, you’re definitely missing out. It tastes like apple pie in a cup! We like to buy apple cider from the local farm market to drink at home, but of course it never compares to the Starbucks version. When I ran across this recipe on Pinterest and saw that it claimed to re-create what you get at Starbucks, I knew I had to click over and try it out. I’m so glad I did because this stuff is amazing. I won’t go so far to say it’s as good as the Starbucks version, but it’s pretty close! The recipe calls for cinnamon syrup, which I didn’t have, so I was definitely missing a component. The cider combined with the spices, whipped cream and caramel was pretty good on its own, though! Give it a try while it’s still apple cider season and let me know how you think it compares.
Yield: Serves 4-6
4-6 C 100% apple juice or cider
1-2 cinnamon sticks
4-6 whole cloves
1-2 pinches nutmeg
4 Tbsp cinnamon syrup (optional)
Combine juice or cider and spices together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain spices and add cinnamon syrup, if using. Portion into mugs and top with whipped cream and caramel syrup