Recipe: Caramel Apple 'Cider'

The winter's cold calls for a warm drink.

Like many of you, I've had guests this week.

My in-laws have been visiting for a few days.

Though they're originally from Bucks County, they traded cold Pennsylvania winters for a life of ease in Florida years ago.

So this week's snow and cold - especially Sunday's bitter, windy cold - was something of a shock for them.

When it's cold outside, what's the best remedy? A warming drink, of course.

Thankfully, I've been wasting - er, I mean, investing - plenty of time on Pinterest lately, and found just the thing.

One of my latest pins was for Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider. I decided to give it a go.

It was easy (so easy, in fact, that it doesn't really even qualify as a "recipe"), and the perfect sip on a snowy day.

Without further ado, here's how to make it your own. One note: use real whipped cream, if at all possible. It really is worth it.


Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider 

(original recipe courtesy of No. 2 Pencil via Tatertots & Jello.)

Serves 12


12 cups apple juice

6 cinnamon sticks

1/2 cup jarred caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling

Whipped cream (recipe below)


Heat apple juice and cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker for about 4 hours on high. Let the cinnamon sticks soften and uncurl. Before serving, stir in 1/2 cup of caramel sauce. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel.


Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 T sugar

1 t vanilla



For best results, use a metal bowl and beaters and chill in the freezer until good and cold before whipping. Pour ingredients into bowl and beat on high until stiff peaks form.

Heather Walton December 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Thank you Sarah!
Sarah Larson December 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM
You're so welcome! Let me know if you try it and how it turns out.
Kristie Finnan January 17, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Looks yum!
Sarah Larson January 17, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Thanks Kristie. It would be perfect on a day like today, too, huh?


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