Monday, October 8, 2012

((handmade monday)) the BEST hot apple cider recipe

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?

This makes 1 large serving. At this point, I was running out of the Apple Cider base and that's all I had left, so feel free to double or triple the recipe as you like!

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):
Whipped Cream
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. 



  1. Its like you read my mind!! Can't wait to try!

  2. That looks awesome! I may have to make that this weekend after out trip to the orchard :)

  3. Goodness...I wish I was at the grocery store right now buying cider and whipped cream! Looks so wonderful and fallish :)

  4. That looks so good! Have you tried making it in the crockpot? It's super simple - toss everything in and set it to low for a few hours. Bonus - the house smells great while it's doing it's thing, and you can easily make enough for everyone!

    1. confession: i hate crockpots.

      i use my cast iron pot and put it on low - same effect and it doesn't take up an entire chunk of our counter space, ha! :)

  5. Tiffany@Little GemsOctober 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    This is so perfect! I can't wait to try to the store I go!

  6. YUM! I've got to make this next time we've got company. I cheated and picked up a jug of spiced cider at Trader Joe's and heated it up on the stove :)

  7. My daughter loooooves the Starbucks version, this will save me a bundle! :)

  8. I am totally unfamiliar with the syrup.... Would I find it with maple and pancake syrups???

    1. There are usually tiny bottles of it at the grocery store in the coffee aisle. I buy mine at world market back in the tea/coffee section. It's almost always on the far back wall. Hope that helps!

  9. I know exactly what I'm going to be craving for an afternoon pick me up!

  10. If your interested in knowing how starbucks makes theirs, they combine cinnamon dolce syrup and apple cider then top with whipped cream and caramel sauce. You can buy a large bottle of cinnamon dolce at Starbucks for around $7.

    1. >>>in case you can't find the brown sugar and cinnamon syrup.

    2. this wasn't really intended to be a starbucks knock off beverage. i was going for my own flavor :) the brown sugar and cinnamon syrup should be super easy to find at any world market or on torani's website.

  11. I'm back to say I just pinned this here: :)

  12. This looks delicious!!! I just pinned it here:

  13. This looks so warm and inviting!

    I just pinned it.

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