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Caramel Apple Spice Cider (Starbucks Copycat)

This Caramel Apple Spice Cider is a Starbucks Copycat recipe served hot and is made homemade from scratch with no apple juice. This drink is loaded with fall flavors like cinnamon and clove, then drizzled in whipped cream and caramel.

caramel apple spice cider Starbucks with whipped cream in a glass mug

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The tall size of this drink at Starbucks has 300 calories and 55 grams of sugar. That goes up to 380 calories and 71 grams of sugar when you order a grande. WOW. I love to make my own drink at home because it’s cheaper and I can save a lot of calories and sugar using monkfruit

sweetener, spices, and cinnamon sticks in separate glass bowls

What Type of Apples to Use

I like to use a combination of Gala and Honey Crisp apples. Honey Crisp are sweet, with just a little tartness, and are also crisp. Blending them with Gala makes the perfect combination.

You can use any apples. If you have favorites, go for those. I recommend using a couple of different varieties, that way you have notes of different flavors in the spread.

If you want sweet cider go for Red Delicious, Gala, or Fuji apples.

honey crisp and gala apples on a flat surface

Do You Have to Peel and Core the Apples?

Nope! The mixture will need to be strained in order to create the smoothest apple cider, so don’t bother worrying about the peel or even the seeds if you get some into the pot. The peels are also loaded with so many nutrients. I love to keep it all in.

gala and honeycrisp apples sliced in a glass bowl

How to Make Caramel Apple Spice Cider (Starbucks Copycat)

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  1. Add apples, cinnamon, cloves, sweetener, and water to the pot.
  2. Pressure cook or slow cook.
  3. Open the pot and mash the apples.
  4. Pressure cook or slow cook.
  5. Strain the mixture and serve.
collage of 4 photos with apples, cinnamon, and water in a pot

Strain the Mixture

Once you have cooked the apples and all of the ingredients, strain the mix to create cider. I love to use a mesh strainer, but you can also use a cheesecloth.

mesh stainer and a glass bowl

Can You Add Alcohol?

Absolutely, if you want. I would cook the cider first and then add however much you like later. In general, dark liquors pair wonderfully with cider.

How to Store Leftover Cider

Store leftovers in the fridge tightly covered and sealed for up to 7 days.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze cider sealed and covered for up to 3 months.

caramel apple spice cider Starbucks with whipped cream in a glass mug

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caramel apple spice cider Starbucks with whipped cream in a glass mug

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Caramel Apple Spice Cider (Starbucks Copycat)

This Caramel Apple Spice Cider is a Starbucks Copycat recipe served hot and is made homemade from scratch with no apple juice. This drink is loaded with fall flavors like cinnamon and clove, then drizzled in whipped cream and caramel.
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Course drink
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel apple spice Starbucks, Starbucks apple cider, Starbucks caramel apple cider, Starbucks caramel apple spice recipe
Servings 6 cups
Calories 101kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 gala apples Chopped into quarters.
  • 3 honeycrisp apples Chopped into quarters.
  • 3 cinnamon sticks Or 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or 3 whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup sweetener or sugar Adjust to taste and use more or less as desired.
  • 6 cups water Use enough water to completely cover the apples.
  • whipped cream For topping.
  • caramel For topping.

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot.
  • Close and cook on Manual/High-Pressure Cooking for 10 minutes.
  • When the Instant Pot indicates it is done, quick release the steam.
  • Open the pot and mash the apples. I use a potato masher. Be careful if doing this while the mixture is hot.
  • Close and cook on Manual/High-Pressure Cooking for an 5 additional minutes.
  • Quick release the steam. Strain the mixture using a strainer or cheesecloth. I pour the apple mixture over a mesh strainer into a bowl. You can keep the excess for applesauce if you wish.
  • Serve topped with whipped cream, caramel, and cinnamon.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in the slow-cooker.
  • Close and cook on High for 2.5 hours or Low for 7 hours.
  • Open the pot and mash the apples. I use a potato masher. Be careful if doing this while the mixture is hot.
  • Close and cook for an additional hour on Low or 30 minutes on High.
  • Strain the mixture using a strainer or cheesecloth. I pour the apple mixture over a mesh strainer into a bowl. You can keep the excess for applesauce if you wish.
  • Serve topped with whipped cream, caramel, and cinnamon.

Notes

  • In total, my apples weighed close to 3 pounds. You can use whatever weight you like, be sure to cover the apples completely with water and adjust the sweetener and spices to taste if necessary.
  • The mixture will need to be strained in order to create the smoothest apple cider, so don’t bother worrying about the peel or even the seeds if you get some into the pot. The peels are also loaded with so many nutrients. I love to keep it all in.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g
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Cassandra

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

I made this over the weekend for a friend's forest/camping themed baby shower. It was a hit!!! I cannot wait to make this in the winter for all the parties with some dark spiced rum.

staysnatched

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

So glad you enjoyed it!