09.26.13Recipe | Hot Carmel Apple Cider

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I’m not a coffee person and I doubt I ever will be. So when I go to Starbucks, which is actually pretty rarely, I opt for their tea or their Carmel Apple Spice (if I’m really lucky and it’s in season!). Hot apple cider is my favorite Fall drink, and one of my favorite drinks in general. Normally I just buy a container from the store, heat it up in the microwave in my favorite mug, and sip on it quite happily. However, this recipe is a little extra special and so reminiscent of the Starbucks Carmel Apple Spice. When a day just calls for a little treat, whip this up, sit back, and bask in the flavors of Fall.

What you need:
1/2 cup of water
1/3 cup of brown sugar
2 cups of apple juice or apple cider
1 tablespoon of carmel sauce
1 cinnamon stick
Optional: whipped cream

What you do:
Bring water, brown sugar, and cinnamon stick to a boil in a small pot. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved, then set the cinnamon stick aside. Add in apple juice/cider and carmel, stirring. Pour into 2 glasses using the cinnamon stick as a stirrer or garnish. Top with whipped cream and more carmel if desired.

Best consumed while watching Hocus Pocus and/or snuggling in a cozy sweater.

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