Caramel Apple Spice

I loved the Caramel Apple Spice drink at Starbucks long before I ever worked there. But until then, I had no clue what actually comprised the drink. When I realized how simple the recipe is, I knew this was something I could make at home.
Only a few simple ingredients are involved:
  • Apple Juice
  • Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Caramel Drizzle

Despite how simple the recipe is, it is delicious. I crave these every fall and winter because the hot cider is so soothing. It takes a simple, cozy fall day to the next level. This recipe is also easily doubled, so making this drink for your next holiday party is a must.
The cinnamon dolce syrup is the real star here, and it's incredibly easy to make. To get started, you'll need three ingredients:
  • Brown Sugar
  • Water
  • Cinnamon Sticks
In a small saucepan, heat the brown sugar and water together until the sugar has dissolved. The mixture will be ready when small bubbles appear at the bottom of the pan. You don't want to boil the syrup, as that can turn it into a candy instead of a simple syrup. 
Once the syrup is ready, pour it into a heat safe bowl and add one cinnamon stick. Let the cinnamon stick hang out in the syrup until the syrup is cool, and then remove. This recipe makes about 3/4 cup of syrup, but you can easily double or triple the recipe if you're expecting a crowd!
So...what are you waiting for? We have fall drinks to make!

Caramel Apple Spice

Caramel Apple Spice
This cozy and sweet Starbucks copycat drink will warm you from the inside out!

Cinnamon Dolce Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup watr
  • 1 cinnamon stick
Drink Assembly:
  • 1 jug of apple juice (Tree Top if available)
  • Whipped cream, store bought or homemade)
  • Caramel Drizzle (I use this small batch caramel sauce)
Cinnamon Dolce Syrup: 
1. Combine brown sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Continue to stir until sugar is dissolved and small bubbles appear at the bottom of the saucepan. Remove from heat. 
2. Transfer syrup into a heat proof bowl or jar. Add one cinnamon stick, and let sauce cool. Once cooled, remove cinnamon stick. Keep at room temperature for 3-4 days. 

Drink Assembly: 
1. Heat apple juice on stove top, in crock pot, or in the microwave until hot. 
2. Fill mugs with heated apple juice and mix in desired amount of syrup (about 1-2 tablespoons). Top with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. Serve hot.

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Yield: 4 drinks

Who's ready to cozy up with a fuzzy blanket and a good movie?

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