Caramel Apple Cider


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.


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


  • 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)


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.


  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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