*Recipe updated Oct 6, 2016
This tastes exactly like the Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice… because it IS the recipe. We have had rave reviews from those who have tried it (read comments below).
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 😉
Update: One of our readers commented and let us know that before Starbucks used the Cinnamon Dolce flavored syrup, they actually just used cinnamon syrup. You can find Torani or DaVinci cinnamon syrup for a fraction of the price of the Starbucks brand (just use the same amounts as mentioned in the recipe).
Another reader mentioned making your OWN syrup (to save even MORE $$) by combining:
1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and simmering in a pot over medium heat for 5 minutes until it reduces.
As far as the apple juice brand, it really doesn’t matter. Another reader said that Starbucks will often just use a generic brand so any kind of apple juice will be fine and it will still taste just like Starbucks. I have also had some questions about my hot chocolate maker.. I use the “Cocomotion” but as far as I know it has been discontinued 🙁
Looking for more drinks to warm you up this Fall/Winter?
If you love this Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider and want even more variety, you have got to try our Pumpkin Steamers recipe (it tastes like Fall in a mug). If you want to spice things up, try our Mayan Hot Chocolate (smooth chocolate with a little spicy kick.. don’t worry, it’s not too spicy). We also have a fun collection of Candy Bar Hot Chocolates (Twix, Almond Joy, and Reeses… I love all three and honestly can’t pick a favorite)! If you want to check out ALL of our drinks (all family-friendly), click HERE (we have tons)!