Caramel Apple Cider Recipe
Caramel Apple Cider makes a delicious drink throughout the year, but especially during fall and winter! This quick and easy recipe gives instructions for a single mug, a gallon, as well as slow cooker instructions for a delicious caramel apple cider! It is a MUST have recipe!
Growing up, as soon as September rolled around on the calendar, you could count on my family making plans to drive up into the Blue Ridge mountains as often as we could.
Mama loved to stop by the various roadside spots along the way to buy hot boiled peanuts that were ladled from a huge piping hot drum where they’d been cooking all night and day. And of course at the best spots to buy our boiled peanuts would always be fresh apple cider. You could buy it by the glass, by the half gallon or gallon and we’d always have to have a glass for the road to drink as we snacked on our boiled peanuts.
On our way back home, we’d stop by another roadside stand for apple cider to take home with us since Daddy firmly believed there was nothing as delicious as apple cider made in the mountains. In the evenings, Mama would heat it and pour into mugs for us all after supper, especially if the night was really chilly.
I can’t sip apple cider without those memories flooding back and I do my best to continue them in my own family. Sometimes, I even add a special little twist by adding a bit of caramel.
I’m thinking I need to plan a trip to the mountains sooner rather than later. Those roadside stands are calling my name.
Here’s how I make my Caramel Apple Cider recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
- 1½ cups apple cider
- 1½ tablespoons caramel sauce
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ gallon apple cider
- 1 cup caramel sauce
- 1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
- Add apple cider and caramel sauce to a microwave-safe cup. Heat at 80% power for 1½ minutes, stir and heat for another 1½ minutes, repeating until it reaches the desired temperature. Remove from microwave and stir in vanilla.
- Add apple cider and caramel sauce to a small saucepan over medium heat on the stovetop. Stirring consistently, heat until the apple cider is hot and the caramel sauce has completely melted. Pour into mug.
- Add apple cider and caramel sauce to a 3-quart slow cooker set on the low setting. Stir to combine well, cover and cook for 2-3 hours or until heated throughout. Ladel into mugs