January 12, 2011 by Flora Dawn
It has been a chilly, blustery week at my house. We’ve even seen a few snow flakes falling, putting us in the mood for some warm drinks. So we decided to make some warm apple cider, but not just any apple cider, Caramel Apple Cider.
I think my three year old summed it up best when she took a drink and exclaimed excitedly “Wow! This tastes just like pie.” It’s flavorful, comforting and the perfect drink for a cold winter’s day. And the flavors really do remind me of a warm slice of apple pie.
And unlike so many hot apple cider recipes, this one is alcohol free and not overly spicy, making it entirely kid-friendly. It is a bit on the sweet side though, so you might want to reduce the sugar a bit if you prefer a less sweet drink.
Have you read my tip about freezing cream? It is a great way to save dollops of cream for a later use, like when you are in the mood for a mug of hot chocolate or warm cider.
Caramel Apple Cider
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups apple cider
- whipped cream and cinnamon for topping, optional
- In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar and half-and-half. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until bubbly, about 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla and apple cider. Continue cooking until heated through, about 10 minutes. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired.