Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Caramel Apple Cider


Have you ever had the Caramel Apple Cider from Starbucks? Since Starbucks is on every corner in Seattle, we'd stop in once in a while and this is what I'd always order. It's yummy.

I've been wanting to try a copycat recipe for a while and Halloween night presented the perfect opportunity.

I used this recipe from Our Best Bites. It didn't disappoint. Brad (and others) called it "heaven in a cup".

Here is their recipe with what I did in parenthesis:
64 oz. apple cider not apple juice (but I used Simply Apple juice since it's nice and thick)
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 orange
8 cloves
1/3 cup caramel sauce

Pour apple cider, orange juice, cinnamon sticks and allspice into pot. (Do not use ground cinnamon or ground cloves - it makes the cider grainy. )Thoroughly wash your orange and gently poke the 8 cloves into the skin. Gently drop the orange into the cider mixture and simmer for 60 minutes. Watch the orange: if it starts to split, immediately remove it from the pot. After 60 minutes, stir in caramel until dissolved.

Our Best Bites did the cider on the stovetop. Since we were transporting ours I used the crockpot and let it simmer for a few hours. My house smelled amazing!

To serve: ladle into cups, top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Makes about 8 servings.