To warm you up on a cold day, try this “Better than Starbucks” Caramel Apple Cider. Using 100% pure pressed apple juice (like Simply Apple) is key for achieving the tastiest results!
Growing up, apple cider was one of my favorite wintertime treats. So naturally I played around with my own homemade recipes and now only use the pre-packaged powder when I am in a bind. Yes, no fresh apple juice is a bind around my house. That’s probably why I end up at the grocery store at least 3 times a week. I’ll still stick to my excuses:
- We drink too much milk. Who can keep 5 gallons in their fridge at once?!
- We need more fruit.
- Somebody ate all my food.
Be like me and find an excuse to head to the store, and while you’re there, grab a gallon of fresh cider or juice, or my favorite for this recipe, Simply Apple. This apple juice is like the juice of all juices – 100% pure pressed. It literally tastes like I am squeezing an apple straight into my mouth in drinkable form. Seriously AMAZING!
You know, I was going to give this post a “Copycat” label to compare to the Starbucks Caramel Apple “Spice” Cider. But the problem is……THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN THE STARBUCKS CARAMEL APPLE CIDER! (Just FYI – now I won’t speak for everywhere, but at least when I’ve seen workers prepare this cider at a Starbucks near me, the “fresh pressed apple juice” was none other than Treetop Apple Juice concentrate- take that for what it’s worth.) Anyway, I had to make sure to differentiate this. And no, I’m not vain. Just honest. 😉
If you really want to make this shine, try using my favorite homemade caramel sauce that we posted the other day. It really doesn’t get better than this.
Better than Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider
- 4 cups to 6 Simply Apple brand apple juice
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce we love this homemade version
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cloves whole
- 6 allspice berries
- whipped cream optional
- caramel sauce to drizzle on top optional
Put apple juice, caramel sauce and spices in a medium pan and simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
Pour into cups/mugs and top with whipped cream and then caramel sauce if you’re feeling fancy.
Recipe NotesChange it Up:
Use another brand of apple juice or store-bought apple cider in place of Simply Apple (although I'm warning you - Simply Apple is thee best!)
Substitute 1/4 cup maple syrup for the caramel.