Caramel Apple Cider {Enough for a Crowd}

by Katie on November 20, 2013

Have you ever tried Caramel Apple Cider?

I always loved to get it at Starbucks until I realized that it’s just apple cider out of the jug and caramel syrup. I still love it, but it’s so not worth the almost $4 to me.

Today I’m sharing my version of Caramel Apple Cider and I can guarantee it won’t cost you $4 a cup.  It’s Pure caramel-ey goodness.

Caramel Apple Cider | The Cutting Back Kitchen

Just adding caramel to apple cider would be a good start, my friends, but it isn’t quite enough.

We have to take it over the top!  We do that by simmering the apple cider with an orange, cloves, and cinnamon sticks.

I made it for my craft class at church back in October (the one where I made the Pumpkin Pie Dip).  And lucky for me, I had some leftover so I brought it home to enjoy throughout the week.

Caramel Apple Cider | The Cutting Back Kitchen

Caramel Apple Cider with whipped cream and extra caramel? Oh yeah.

Every morning? Don’t mind if I do.

Who could resist. Look at that…

Caramel Apple Cider | The Cutting Back Kitchen

If you want to impress your Thanksgiving guests this would be great to have warm in your crock pot for them to enjoy while you finish up the meal. It would make you the hostess with the mostess in my book for sure.

Not hosting Thanksgiving? Then make it anytime for your family. And remember the leftovers can be cooled and refrigerated and then reheated when you want a cup! Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Cider for a Crowd


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 orange
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup caramel sauce
  • whipped cream and caramel, for topping


  1. Pour apple cider in a large stockpot. Poke cloves into the orange. Add the cloved orange and cinnamon sticks to the stock pot. Bring the cider to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  2. Simmer for 45-60 minutes to let the flavors come together. If you are going to let it simmer longer than that, go ahead and remove the orange so it doesn't become bitter.
  3. Once the cider is done simmering, add in the caramel sauce. Stir to dissolve.
  4. Serve warm. If you want to keep it warm for an extended period of time you can put it in the crock pot on warm or leave it on low on the stove. Leftovers can be cooled and refrigerated for a few days.

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Sara November 22, 2013 at 10:59 am

Oh my, that looks and sounds amazing! I love apple cider and adding caramel could only make it yummier. I am for sure going to make this soon. Thanks for sharing!


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