Caramel Apple Cider

Description

Move over, pumpkin spice – caramel apple cider is here! Cozy up to a mug of this sweet, satisfying treat, which blends spiced New York apple cider with an easy homemade caramel syrup.

    Ingredients

    Homemade caramel syrup

    • 1/4 Cup salted butter
    • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
    • 1/3 Cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • Pinch of salt

    Cider

    • 8 Cups New York State apple cider
    • 1/4 Cup lemon juice
    • 1/2 Tablespoon allspice
    • 1 Vanilla bean
    • 2 Cinnamon sticks
    • (Optional: whipped cream, hot caramel ice cream topping and cinnamon sticks)

    Instructions

    Homemade caramel syrup

    1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Mix in brown sugar and stir for 2 minutes. Mix in heavy cream and stir continuously for 2 more minutes (sauce should be gently bubbling).
    2. Remove pot from heat and stir in vanilla and salt until well mixed. Let cool.

    Cider

    1. In a 3-quart slow cooker, combine apple cider, caramel syrup, lemon juice, and allspice. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds; add seeds to cider mixture. Tie vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks together with kitchen twine and add to slow cooker.
    2. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Discard cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean.
    3. Pour cider into mugs; garnish with whipped cream, caramel topping and additional cinnamon sticks if desired.

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