I want to share one of my favorite fall/winter/holiday drinks, caramel apple cider. One of my favorite things to make for a party, BBQ, or get-together of any kind is a fun yummy drink. This is actually pretty ironic though because I don’t typically even drink it. I am primarily a water-drinker. I know, call my crazy. 😉 I just prefer to eat my calories. 😉 I drink some milk, but not regularly, and once in a while I’ll have a small glass of orange juice or a cup of hot cocoa. But for the most part I really don’t drink anything besides water. I don’t drink soda, coffee, or alcohol at all. And I don’t drink most juices or other beverages. At restaurants I ALWAYS order water. But I love to make delicious drinks!! I think a fun drink kind of sets the tone for a party or get-together. And I know most people really enjoy a yummy drink. So if I’m hosting a party, you know the drink will be good!
You will need the following ingredients:
1/2 gallon apple cider (64 oz. or 8 cups)-make sure it’s the unfiltered, not from concentrate apple cider, NOT apple juice (it will look murky and there will be apple sediment in it)
1/2 cup orange juice (fresh-squeezed tastes best)
8 whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
1/3 cup jarred caramel sauce, more if desired
optional: caramel flavored syrup (like the Torani brand)
optional: whipped cream
optional: ground cinnamon
Pour the 8 cups of apple cider into a large stockpot on the stove, and set the heat to medium-high. Add the orange juice, cinnamon sticks, and allspice.
Thoroughly wash your orange with soap and water. Use a toothpick to poke eight holes into the orange all around it, and then gently stab a clove into each hole. (If you are doubling the recipe you can use one orange, but double the number of cloves you poke into it).
Place the whole orange into the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer on low for 60 minutes. Keep an eye on the orange. If it splits open at any time, remove it from the pot as the white pith can cause the cider to taste bitter. I’ve never had my orange split open before though. After the 60 minutes of simmering, remove the orange and add the caramel sauce and stir to dissolve. (If you want to simmer for longer than an hour you can).
To serve, ladle the cider into mugs. Optional: for a stronger caramel flavor and a more festive look, add a small shot of caramel flavored syrup to your mug and top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy the deliciousness of this warm, tasty drink!
Recipe from Our Best Bites
Find another one of my favorite drink recipes here: cucumber limeade.