Hot Caramel Apple Spice with Homemade Apple Cider

This is the best drink for the cold months! Awesome homemade apple cider recipe within. Best of all, you can control the amount of sugar by making it yourself!

While everyone is DROOLING over Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks, I myself prefer their Hot Caramel Apple Spice. This recipe is SO easy to duplicate at home and could easily be made with all store bought ingredients, but I wanted to make this post special by making my own apple cider.

RECIPE FOR APPLE CIDER

What you’ll need:

              • 8-10 apples
              • 4 Tbspn ground cinnamon
              • 4 Tbspn allspice
              • 1/2 – 1 cup brown sugar
              • Cheesecloth
              • Water

This is the best drink for the cold months! Awesome homemade apple cider recipe within. Best of all, you can control the amount of sugar by making it yourself!

Step 1. Cut apples into quarters, leaving the skin on and seeds in.

Step 2. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the apples. Add a half cup of sugar to start. (You don’t want your cider to be ruined by over sweetening.)

Step 3. Use a cheesecloth to create a pouch for the cinnamon and allspice and throw that into the pot. (You just want the flavor of the spices, but not have them floating in your cider. If you use whole spices, you can skip the cheesecloth.)

Step 4. Boil the apples on high for one hour. After that, turn the heat to simmer for another two hours. Test the sweetness of the cider to see if you need to add more sugar. I only used half a cup of sugar and it tasted perfectly! Not too sweet and not at all tart. When the apples cool, mash them up with a potato masher.

Step 5. Finally, strain the juices from the apple mush. I’m sure there are many things you can do with the strained mush like use them to make a dessert, but I just composted mine. When you go to make Hot Caramel Apple Spice, heat the cider before assembling.

It may seem like a lot of work to make your own apple cider, but total hands-on time was only 15 minutes. The stove does the rest of the work for you and your house smells amazing in the meantime!

I would love to take claim for this recipe as my own, but the truth is I had some help. The original recipe can be found here.

This is the best drink for the cold months! Awesome homemade apple cider recipe within. Best of all, you can control the amount of sugar by making it yourself!

HOW TO ASSEMBLE HOT CARAMEL APPLE SPICE

This is the best drink for the cold months! Awesome homemade apple cider recipe within. Best of all, you can control the amount of sugar by making it yourself!

And there you have it!

This is the best drink for the cold months! Awesome homemade apple cider recipe within. Best of all, you can control the amount of sugar by making it yourself!

I actually liked my homemade version better. I was able to control the amount of sugar in it. I always have a major sugar crash after drinking the Starbucks version, even though I love how it tastes!

This is the best drink for the cold months! Awesome homemade apple cider recipe within. Best of all, you can control the amount of sugar by making it yourself!

Wouldn’t this drink make a great welcome treat to all your guests this Thanksgiving?

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6 Comments

  1. bec {daisy and the fox}

     /  November 18, 2013

    this sounds absolutely yum!! 🙂
    don’t you love it when you can replicate something you like in store 😀

  2. I do love it! This one was so easy that it was hardly worth sharing!

  3. I JUST made my own version of this on Saturday – except I added rum. Is that wrong, haha?!? 🙂 Yours looks delicious!

  4. OMG… that is only wrong because I didn’t think of it myself!! Hats off to you for a brilliant idea!

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