I've been trying all of these recipes for hot apple cider that I've seen on miscellaneous blogs and while perusing pinterest. SO far, all of them have let me down. I am, however, still a big fan of the Red Hot version.
In one of them, it called for ground cinnamon and well, it looked absolutely disgusting in the bottom of our cast iron pot because it didn't dissolve.
Solution: Cinnamon Sticks
In another, it called for too many spices and it was kind of spicy & not what I had hoped for. It just seemed like the author was "trying too hard" to make it gourmet and the flavors didn't really mesh.. at least to my palette.
Solution: Keep it simple.
In yet another, it was too dang sweet. That's saying something for this sweet-toothed gal.
Solution: Don't add caramel, except for as topping.
Anyhow, I think I finally came up with one that I love even better than Starbucks' Caramel Apple Spice (gasp!). Are you ready for how easy this is?
What you'll need:
2 cups Tree Top 100% crisp apple cider
(( found in the juice aisle! ))
Tiny sprinkle of nutmeg
Tiny sprinkle of cloves
1 stick of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of Torani Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Syrup
Optional (and encouraged):
Caramel Topping for drizzle
1. Place all ingredients (besides whipped cream and caramel) in a small pot on the stovetop.
2. Stir & let simmer for 20 minutes & up to an hour or so to let flavors combine.
3. Serve topped with whipped cream or just drizzle some caramel on top.
It's a perfect beverage for a cold & cozy afternoon.