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 nutmegTiny sprinkle of cloves1 stick of cinnamon1 teaspoon of Torani Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Syrup
Optional (and encouraged):Whipped CreamCaramel Topping for drizzle
Directions: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. Enjoy!