It’s winter ya’ll!! Unless you live in the south like me….. where its more of a mild autumn at the moment. Either way, next week is Christmas and that means I’m in the mood for hot drinks that warm you up from the inside out. Also ’tis the season to be merry and a little bourbon always helps make me merry (especially around tons of family). I’m so excited for this weekend when I get to make this Bourbon Caramel Apple Cider for a family get together. My husband and I sampled a bit last week and the sweet caramel and apple blend so well with deep flavors of the bourbon to make a drink that has amazing balance.
Bourbon Caramel Apple Cider
When I started making this recipe I couldn’t decide if I wanted to use a spiced rum or a bourbon. I honestly ended up going with the bourbon because during the holidays most people use rum to mix with eggnog and I wanted some variety. I still think that rum would be amazing in the recipe though so feel free to use whichever alcohol is your favorite.
As far as the caramel I used Marzetti Light Caramel Apple Dip that you can find typically in the produce department at your grocery store. I have not tried it, but I’m sure you could use soft caramels and melt them down for this drink if that’s what you have instead. I personally would not use the caramel sauce ice cream topping that comes in the squeeze bottle. That sauce is just too sweet and that along with the apple cider would result in a drink that doesn’t have much caramel flavor but has way too much sugar.
I tried making this drink both with and without the cinnamon sticks and it’s delicious either way. The cinnamon helps to balance out the sweetness a little more and I personally really like it.
- 3 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 3 tablespoons caramel dip
- 3 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
- Add apple cider, bourbon, caramel dip, and cinnamon sticks to medium sauce pan. Heat over medium heat (DO NOT BOIL) whisking continually until caramel is completely incorporated. Heat until warm (about 7-8 minutes). Serve warm with cinnamon sticks for garnish. Stir well before serving, it will separate. Rim glasses with caramel dip if desired.
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