Mar 6, 2013

Starbucks inspired Caramel Apple Spice

I have never cared much for coffee. Don't get me wrong; Caffiene is still my vice and I get my caffiene high from Chocolates. But coffee and its flavors - not my cup of tea (pun intended)!
This explains why I favor Panna Cottas over Tiramisu and also why Starbucks doesn't get much business from me. The only drink I like there is their Caramel Apple Spice, but it is available only during the Fall and Winter months.

Having to trek all the way there and to endure the overpowering coffee aroma in the shop, all for this one drink, is something I wanted to avoid.So, I thought how difficult would it be to recreate it at home? I mean , from the name, its got to be caramel+ apple cider + spice, right?
Caramel Apple Spice- Ingredients

But, the day I had this thought, I had only a half-empty bottle of apple juice at home. So, I decided to concoct a knock-off with just what I had in the pantry. And, this is what I came up with.
Caramel Apple Spice
While this molten gold drink was very tasty, it was missing something. Everything tastes better topped with Whipped Cream, doesn't it?
Caramel Apple Spice
  • apple juice - 3 cups
  • light brown sugar, packed - 1/4 cup
  • cloves - 5
  • ginger - 1/4 inch piece
  • cinnamon stick - 1 inch piece
  • caramel sauce - 1/2 cup
  • salt, a pinch
  1. In a small saucepan, combine apple juice and light brown sugar. On medium-low heat, bring this to a simmer. Drop the spices in it and whisk to combine. 
  2. Let this simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from fire and pass the mock cider through a sieve.
  4. Stir in the caramel sauce and salt to the cider.
  5. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream.
As an added benefit enjoy the spicy potpourri smell when the mock cider is simmering. The whole house smelled heavenly!
Caramel Apple Spice - Starbucks inspired

I think this is a close knock-off to Starbuck's. Do you think so too?

Link ups:

Only Continental @ Raksha's Kitchen and Pari's Foodelicious

Celebrate Easter @ Shama's Easy2cook and Jagruti


  1. Nice pics Dear... and looking very yummy too...

  2. hi , thanks for linking this to ONLY event. You need to re link to Pari's event announcement page Dear.
    Please update and let me know.

    Raksha's Kitchen

  3. Am sure house smelled divine with all those spices. Sounds like a winner. thnx for linking up

  4. delicious ../thank you for linking in

  5. Nice recipe and great post. Thanks for posting such an nice and awesome recipe. Then click for FOOD.


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