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    Decadent Caramel Apple Cider

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    I love mornings like these.

    It's what I like to call deliciously spooky! The fog is dense and damp, the air is cold. It seeps into every pore.

    Days like this call for cashmere cardigans, snuggling beneath warm blankets, a fire in the hearth, and a deliciously warm drink.

    Something guaranteed to warm you from the inside out.

    As it's Fall, I'd love to share one of my favorite~and simple~Autumnal beverages.

    This is a repost from Fall in Tokyo, but I received so many rave reviews and emails I just had to share it again!

    How did we come up with this very simple recipe? Well, I'll tell you. I owe it all to my daughter and her request for something new and simple to warm her up.

    It was a little early in the season for our favorite cold-weather drink, Hot Buttered Rum, but she said whatever I surprised her with would be fine. The only request was this: no pumpkin.

    This may have been an indication that my obsession has gone overboard, but that's allright. I'm flexible. There's always another trusty fruit ready to be enjoyed during these crisp, blustery days: the apple.

    After considering the options I decided to go the classic route and make apple cider. But being as we're Southern, and we simply cannot do without those extra little lagniappe's. I decided to do classic...with a twist.

    I decided to make Caramel Apple Cider.

    Sounds delicious doesn't it? Apple cider and caramel apples are two wonderfully yummy things to look forward to in the Fall. And while I'm sure it's not too uncommon a drink, you would have thought I'd struck gold when I asked Eldest what she thought.

    She was a little excited.

    I was a little daunted.

    Again I ran into a stumbling block while searching for the primary ingredient: apple cider. The only ones available were sparkling, and my daughter doesn't drink the bubbly stuff.

    In the end I made my own cider~which was surprisingly simple~but I'll save that for another post. I'm pretty sure y'all have plenty of cider on hand back in the States.


    This sweet drink was also very easy to make and the end results, divine.


    Caramel Apple Cider

    Apple Cider or Apple Cider Mix
    Caramel Sauce
    Whipped Cream (homemade is best!!)

    Take your mug of choice,


    and pour caramel sauce into the bottom. As I have yet to master homemade caramel sauce~and believe me I have long been trying~bottled is fine. Just make sure the caramel coats the bottom of the cup...or even more if that's your bag.


    If a little of the sauce gets onto the side of your mug, don't worry about it!


    I suspect someone in your home will be more than happy to assist in this clean-up.

    Pour your heated cider into the cup o' caramel and stir.


    Your cider drink will be a milky, caramel color and smell just delicious. It really did remind me of caramel apples~and for good reason!

    Once your caramel and apple cider is mixed well, add a dollop (or two or three) of your whipped cream on top.


    Again, I recommend homemade whipped cream as it's easy to make, and so much better than the store bought stuff. Whip one pint of heavy whipping cream while slowly adding one cup of sugar and a touch of vanilla flavoring if desired. Let your mixer whip the mixture until it has semi-stiff peaks and resembles whipped cream. Your taste buds will thank you for it!

    They'll also thank you for this:


    Pour a little more caramel sauce atop your whipped cream and enjoy!

    Now tell me friends, when you're facing another chilly Fall night, don't you think something like this will warm you right up?

    According to my daughter, it will do that as well as leave a happy smile on your face. But don't take our word for it~try it out for yourself!

    I'd love to hear how it turned out for you.

    8 Responses to “
    Decadent Caramel Apple Cider

    Suburban Princess said...

    Looks yummy! My husband would love this!

    Ally Garner said...

    Oh my, that sounds deliciously decadent. It's finally turned Fall-chilly here in Charlotte today and I have all the ingredients for this dessert drink in my pantry...

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Sara said...

    oh goodness... this is heavenly!

    The Southern Lady said...

    Thanks girls! It's so easy to make, you'll be glad to sip and enjoy this rich drink.

    The Southern Lady said...

    Ally~I just love it when Charlotte begins to turn. The trees are just gorgeous and there's this smell in the air: so crisp, so very Autumn. Enjoy it for me!

    Ally Garner said...

    I will! It is beautiful here now. I'm heading up to the mountains for a girls weekend - hoping to see the Fall leaves off the Blue Ridge Parkway and pick some apples on our way back to Charlotte. I'll tweet you some pictures! :)

    The Southern Lady said...

    Ally, please do! Enjoy your fun-filled weekend and be sure to take in all the wonderful Autumnal sights, tastes, and sounds.

    Ruth said...

    save me a cup i will be there shortly