Fall and Winter are perfect seasons for easy-to-make delicious, hot Caramel Apple Cider, with whipped cream and caramel sauce!
Fall and Winter are perfect seasons for easy-to-make delicious, hot Caramel Apple Cider, with whipped cream and caramel sauce!

Fall is here… and with it comes the gorgeous foliage (on the trees AND on the ground), crisp air, cooler temperatures, and in our area of the Pacific Northwest… RAIN. When Fall arrives, I love to wear sweatshirts, sweatpants, curl up by our fireplace each morning, AND drink a lot of HOT beverages, to keep me WARM!

Fall leaves and cooler temperatures encourage us to enjoy hot apple cider!

Fall and Winter are also the perfect seasons to enjoy Apple Cider Bundt Cake, Valencia Orange Hot Chocolate, Mom’s Apple Cake, and a big, hot bowl of Grandma’s Southern-Style Chicken n’ Dumplings! YUM! And now, here’s a wonderful hot beverage to enjoy, too!

The cider recipe I am sharing today is a delicious twist on “typical” apple cider. I discovered it in one of my old cookbooks from Southern Living (a Christmas edition). Tried it and loved it, so it’s now a lovely recipe to enjoy, especially during cool weather. With a few additional (simple) ingredients, you can transform a simple mug of apple cider into a delicious, glamorous looking, hot beverage treat!

This recipe for caramel apple cider is really easy to make, and is done in just under 15 minutes. The recipe yields four, one cup servings. Here’s how to make this yummy drink:

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How To Make Caramel Apple Cider

Place heavy whipping cream and light brown sugar in a large saucepan. Stir the two ingredients together, and cook, on medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook for  a total of two minutes (stirring constantly), until the liquid is very bubbly.

Whipping cream and brown sugar are cooked in saucepan.Brown sugar and heavy whipping cream cook until bubbly.

Pour in the apple cider and vanilla extract. Stir well, to fully combine the ingredients. Cook the caramel apple cider for ten minutes, or until the cider is fully heated through. Once it is really hot, remove the pan from the heat source. Now it’s time to garnish, and enjoy this yummy hot drink.

Apple cider and vanilla are added to the saucepan and heated through.

Serving Caramel Apple Cider

Ladle the steamin’ hot caramel apple cider into four mugs (approx. 8 ounces per mug). Top each mug of cider with aerosol whipped cream (really spray it on there!), and then drizzle the whipped cream with room temperature caramel sauce. You can also sprinkle each cider with ground cinnamon, if desired.

Serve the caramel apple cider immediately, and enjoy this tasty hot drink. The addition of the vanilla, cream and light brown sugar, give the cider a surprising, caramel-like twist, which I think you will enjoy! And the whipped cream and caramel sauce topping? YES, please!

A mug of caramel apple cider, topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

I hope you enjoy the sights, sounds, and experiences this Fall season. Make yourself (and those you love), a nice hot mug of caramel apple cider, sit back, and enjoy the changing of the seasons!

Whipped cream and caramel sauce top a mug of hot caramel apple cider.

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Original recipe source: The cookbook “Christmas with Southern Living 2010”, published by Oxmoor House, page 145

Caramel Apple Cider
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
13 mins
 

Fall and Winter are perfect seasons for easy-to-make delicious, hot Caramel Apple Cider, with whipped cream and caramel sauce!

Category: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel apple cider
Servings: 4 (8 oz. servings)
Calories Per Serving: 250 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Caramel Apple Cider:
  • cup heavy whipping cream
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For Topping (optional, but good!)
  • aerosol whipped cream, caramel sauce, cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Place whipping cream and light brown sugar in a large saucepan. Stir to combine ingredients. Cook on medium heat 2 minutes (stirring constantly), until very bubbly.

  2. Add apple cider and vanilla to pan. Stir well, to combine ingredients. Cook (stirring occasionally) for 10 minutes on medium-low heat, or until cider is fully heated through. Remove pan from heat source.

  3. Ladle hot cider into 4 mugs (approx. 8 ounces per mug). Top each cider with aerosol whipped cream (really spray it on there!), then drizzle with caramel sauce. Serve immediately, Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The optional toppings (aerosol whipped cream, caramel sauce & cinnamon) are not included in the caloric calculation, because amounts used may vary from person to person.

Nutrition Facts
Caramel Apple Cider
Amount Per Serving (1 cup (8 oz.)s)
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 278mg8%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 292IU6%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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