Hot caramel apple cider

This easy recipe for hot caramel apple cider deliciously blends the holiday flavors of apple, cinnamon and caramel — plus hints of vanilla and nutmeg, if you choose.

Homemade hot caramel apple cider

Hot caramel apple cider recipe

12 ounces apple juice or apple cider
Cinnamon syrup (see recipe below)
Whipped cream or whipped topping (optional)
Caramel sauce


Add 4 tablespoons of cinnamon syrup to the bottom of a saucepan. Pour on the apple juice or cider and heat thoroughly, but do not boil, stirring gently.

Alternatively, cook this in a microwave-safe mug that holds at least 16 ounces. Heat on medium for one minute, stir, then heat again.

Top with whipped cream and a big drizzle of caramel syrup.

Homemade cinnamon syrup recipe

1 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)


Add 1 cup of water to a saucepan and begin to heat it. As it warms, add in 1 cup brown sugar and stir well. Bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly, then turn off the heat.

Immediately add the cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, if desired, and stir well. (Note: The cinnamon and nutmeg will not completely dissolve.)

Let the mixture cool, then store it in a covered glass jar for up to a month.

Tip: White sugar may be used in place of all or part of the brown sugar, but the mixture will have a slightly different flavor.

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