This is one of my favorite drinks of all time… every year when fall comes around and it starts getting colder I love to warm up with these. It’s a great drink too for when company comes over because you can keep the cider warm on your stove or in your Crock-Pot so it’s always ready to drink.
A couple years ago I started making these at home because they’re too expensive to buy at Starbucks! They are SO easy too. Make these for your next get-together with friends. The cider warming makes the house smell like cinnamon and apples and they are a fun treat that’s not too unhealthy.
- Apple cider or apple juice (I buy the large jugs)
- Cinnamon and nutmeg or allspice
- Whipped cream
- Caramel syrup (I’ve used the coffee flavoring syrups in the past which flavor great but are a little runny so it’s hard to top the whipped cream with them—this year I got the Hershey’s caramel sundae syrup (right next to their chocolate syrup) and it is delicious!).
If you have apple juice only on hand you’ll need to spice it up. I’ve made it both ways (with cider or with juice) and you can’t taste the difference if you spice up your apple juice. Pour apple juice into the Crock-Pot or into a large saucepan. Season with cinnamon and nutmeg or allspice. If you have apple cider it doesn’t hurt to add some cinnamon too ;) Makes the house smell amazing.
Turn the juice/cider up to low heat and let simmer for an hour or so. Once it warms through you can turn the Crock-Pot down to “warm” to keep it from getting too hot before you serve it. (Also if you’re in a time crunch just warm up the cider in the microwave.) Once warm, ladel cider into a mug. Top with a generous serving of whipped cream and lots of caramel syrup. The caramel really makes this and you can’t have too much! You can even add it right to your mug of cider if you’re wanting even more caramel.