Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hot Caramel Apple Cider

 This is a wonderful warming beverage to help you take the 'chill off' when the temps are dipping low.

It's simple to make.  You could even add this to your crockpot and let it simmer on low for a couple of hours.  

It's best to use cider, not apple juice.  Results are just not the same.  Cider isn't processed as much as apple juice.  Good cider will be cloudy....apple juice is clear. And it's sweeter than cider too.

I was out of whipped cream when I made this. (BOO HISS)  Whipped cream will only add more M-M-M-M!  YES PLEASE!

Thanks to Our Best Bites for this easy and delicious drink recipe. 

An impressive treat to share with company and your family will think you are wonderful when you serve this to them too.


 1/2 gal. apple cider (8 c.)
1/2 c. orange juice, fresh squeezed or good quality bottled
1 orange
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/3 c. jarred caramel sauce* (or more to taste)
optional: caramel flavored coffee syrup (like Torani)
sweetened whipped cream (or from a can)
*May substitute maple syrup for the caramel sauce, if desired

Pour cider into large saucepan. Heat on medium high. Add orange juice, cinnamon sticks (make sure they're not old) and allspice. 

Wash orange, then poke whole cloves into it. (You can always poke with a toothpick before inserting cloves)  Gently drop the orange into the cider mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for about an hour. 

(If the orange pops open, remove it as it will add bitterness.) After an hour of simmering, add caramel sauce, and syrup (if using); stir until dissolved.

Ladle into mugs, top with whipped cream, then drizzle with caramel and add a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.  Or just top with an orange slice for a simpler presentation.

Linked to Weekend Potluck

You might also like the recipe for the 
Make Ahead Pull-Apart Sticky Buns
(they can be made up to 48 hours ahead!) 


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