Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider

Caramel Apple Spice Cider from FavFamilyRecipes.com

Last year my sister introduced me to Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice. It instantly became my holiday drink of choice. I would go to Starbucks all the time on cold, snowy days to get it. The downside was… it was burning a hole in my pocket (Starbucks is expeeennnsive)! Finally I decided to ask the girl at Starbucks how they make it. She said she couldn’t tell me but I could watch her. So she did it all right in front of me. When I asked her how much syrup is in one pump she said “it is supposed to be 1/4 oz. but it can vary slightly”.. that was all I needed to know.

So then I did some math. 1oz. = 2 Tbsp. so we can figure that .25oz = 1/2 Tbsp. The Starbucks people put 3 pumps of syrup in a 12oz cup, making it 1 1/2 Tbsp per 12oz of apple juice. To simplify it further…  2/3 of 12oz. is 8oz (or 1 cup) and 2/3 of 1 1/2 Tbsp is 1 Tbsp. Sooooooo, for each cup of cider you simply add 1 Tbsp. of syrup. Easy enough right? See, MOM, I didn’t waste ALL of my time goofing off in school ;)

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider

Ingredients

  • 2 c. apple juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Syrup (buy it straight from Starbucks for about $7. It will last you a very very very long time. Totally worth it.)
  • Whipped cream
  • Caramel topping

Instructions

  • Combine apple juice and syrup. Warm to desired heat (I did it in a hot chocolate maker and it turned out perfect. I loved the "whipped" taste it added. You could possibly try it in a blender for the same effect.. just be careful if it's really hot).
  • Top with whipped cream and caramel topping.
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Comments

  1. Oh. My. Goodness. My husband and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this drink! We recently moved to a very small rural area where there are no Starbucks (a place like this really does exist)and I was just thinking I was going to have to treat myself when we go visit family for the holidays. THANK YOU! Now we can make it anytime, yay!!

  2. hELP!!! What kind and how much caramel sauce do you use?? This looks soooo good!!! I love your website!!!

  3. I just used the caramel in the jar that you put over ice cream. I just did a heaping spoonful. You just drizzle it over the whipped cream so you can put as much or as little as you want on it and it won't really affect the taste.

    Enjoy!

    Erica

  4. mmmmmm….sounds yummy. Just sent my husband to Starbucks and picked up a bottle! This will perfect for our Christmas Eve Dessert beverage! :)

  5. Oh my gosh can I tell you how much I love you right now?!!! This is one of my most favorites! Yay!!!! THANK YOU!

  6. Divine!!!! Hot Chocolate Maker?? Which kind to you have?? Would you recommend buying one? Love all your recipes!! Thanks!!!

    • I just have the Cocomotion brand hot chocolate maker. I think I got it at Walmart for like $10. Nothing fancy but it does the trick! You don’t need one for the recipe but it makes it nice and frothy and it mixes it up really well. Thanks for the compliments!!!

  7. Love the recipe! If you have an espresso machine/steamer, I usually just mix all that (Cinnamon Dolce, I add the Caramel with the cinnamon dolce, and apple juice) and then put it under the steamer to heat up :) and then “fancy” it up with whipped cream and little caramel drizzle on top! Perfect fall drink. And to make it more “adult”, a little amaretto or grand marnier :)

  8. I really fell in love love to my drink caramel apple spice amazing that why I love it and my wife can make for me one ;) like everyday!!!! I will make give you treat in Love!!!!

  9. Soooooo trying this ASAP!! I keep raving to my husband about how delicous this stuff is. But I think he would have a cow over the bill if I ever took him there. So excited!! Thank you!

  10. I also found how to make the cinnamon syrup at home for even more cost savings:

    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 tsp cinnamon

    Simmer in a pot over medium heat for 5 minutes while mixture reduces. Add 1 tbsp per 8 oz of cider per the recipe above.

  11. I also noticed at my local Starbucks that the apple juice they use is the el cheapo brand from the store…they had the bottles all lined up and I could see the brand name.

  12. I will say that I have tried this recipe and it is spot on. I have tweaked it some by adding caramel to the bottom before pouring the hit juice in and then mixing it together and it tastes so good. I still added the whipped cream & caramel to the top. So so good. Saving myself a lot of $$$$$$.

  13. I recently tried this delicious drink at Starbucks and loved it. Had it over the holidays almost every day, thanks to gift cards I received for Starbucks. Thanks for sharing the recipe, as I too find their prices too expensive to endulge in beyond the holidays. Happy New Year!

  14. I worked at Starbucks for 5.5 years. It’s amazing how simple most of their drinks are to recreate. This is exactly how it’s made. You could even make your own cinnamon simple syrup if you wanted.

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