You may know that I’m a big fan of caramel apple, well, anything. Caramel apples, caramel apple pie, caramel apple cider. Since it smells like fall, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to make caramel apple cider – one of my favorite fall drinks.
This is a twist on a traditional apple cider, and inspired by a caramel apple spice drink I used to buy at the coffee shop. It’s easy to make in the slow cooker, and even better, it acts as an amazing home fragrance. Trust me, your house well smell AMAZING. So without further ado, here’s my recipe for…
Caramel Apple Cider with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
- 1 64 oz. bottle of apple juice (I used Mott’s)
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cloves
- 8 whole allspice berries
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar
- Caramel Sauce
- Put the apple juice, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and whole allspice berries in a slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
- Meanwhile, pour the whipping cream, vanilla, ground sugar, and confectioner’s sugar into a mixing bowl or your electric mixer bowl.
- Whisk/mix until the mixture forms soft peaks when you pull out the whisk.
- Store cinnamon whipped cream in a separate container in the refrigerator until the cider is ready.
- When the apple cider is ready, strain out spices and pour into mugs.
- Top with cinnamon whipped cream.
- Drizzle caramel sauce on top of whipped cream.
- Sip, savor, and enjoy!
To start, throw all of the apple cider ingredients into a slow cooker in the morning – the juice, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and whole allspice berries. Let it simmer on low for most of the day.
While the cider is brewing, it’s time to make the cinnamon whipped cream. It’s a simple whipped cream recipe using whipping cream, vanilla, confectioner’s sugar, and a bit of cinnamon. It’s easier to make the whipped cream if you have an electric mixer, otherwise expect a good workout with your “whisking arm.” You’ll know the whipped cream is done when soft peaks hold when you remove the whisk. If the cider is ready, you can start making your drink, but if you still have a little wait, put the whipped cream into a container in the fridge.
Once the cider is ready and your whipped cream is whip, it’s time to combine! Strain the spices from the cider, or use a ladle to pour the cider into a mug. For an extra caramel flavor, add a dollop of caramel to the bottom of your mug before pouring in your cider.
Then, top the cider with a dollop of whipped cream. Yes, it will likely start to melt – that’s part of the yumminess. Finally, drizzle a little bit of caramel on top. Then sit back and enjoy this wonderful fall drink!
What’s your favorite Fall drink?