Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Starbucks’ Caramel Apple Spiced Cider

**Like-Starbucks’ Caramel Apple Cider (makes about one 12-oz portion) 
1 C bottled 100% apple juice or cider (mulled, if desired; recipe follows*)
1-2 T cinnamon syrup (if I’ve mulled my cider, I use about 1 T;  if not, I like a little more)
whipped cream
caramel syrup
Heat juice or cider with cinnamon syrup in a saucepan on the stove.  Portion into mugs (leaving plenty of headroom for whipped cream!).  Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup.

**Mulled Apple Cider (makes 4-6 C)
4-6 C 100% apple juice
1-2 cinnamon sticks
4-6 whole cloves
1-2 pinches nutmeg
To mull your cider, simply place juice and spices together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Your house is going to smell ah-MA-zing! Strain spices from juice (careful! Don’t burn yourself!) and proceed with caramel apple cider recipe.
You can easily serve this beverage for a party.  To do so, simply keep the cider/cinnamon syrup mixture warm in a crockpot and let guests serve themselves with a ladle.  Serve chilled whipped cream on the side, and offer a squeeze bottle of caramel syrup for drizzling!

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