We all have our comfort foods – mine just happens to be a drink. And no, it’s not Woodchuck – although Summer Woodchuck is out and it’s time I go get myself at least 4 or 5 six packs to stock up on. But anyways, back to the topic at hand – my recipe for Caramel Apple Spice.
Did You Know?
Legendary pioneer Johnny Appleseed dedicated his life to planting apple trees throughout the Midwest, helping to grow the popularity of apple cider as a frontier drink. (it’s true, I stole this directly from the Starbucks website)
Ingredients You’ll Need
- 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cups of Apple Juice (any kind – just not sugar free damn it!)
- 1 Bottle of Caramel Syrup/Sauce
- 1 Cup of Brown Sugar (light is fine if you’re picky)
- 1 Cup of Water
So, first thing first – we need to make our own version of the Starbucks Cinnamon Dulce Syrup. If you’re a rich bastard and can go out and buy yourself some of this – head on over to your nearest Starbucks and spare yourself a step or two. If you want to save some money and make multiple batches of the stuff then listen to ol’ Lucas here and we’ll make some ourselves.
Make Your Own Cinnamon Dulce Syrup
First we combine the 1 cup of Water with the 1 cup of Brown Sugar into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling – add the 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon and the 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract. Now if you’re a cinnamon lover out there feel free to add more, but I think 1/2 tsp is plenty. Once you’ve got everything mixed together and it’s boiling – keep it boiling for another 5 minutes making sure to whisk it the entire time to get it nice and mixed together. I’ve made a bad batch before where the cinnamon didn’t quite get dissolved properly and provided an unpleasant taste/texture in the drink towards the end. (what we’re trying to do here is reduce the sugar and create more of a syrup out of it than this watery mess we’ve started with) Once the 5 minutes is up – let it cool for another 5 minutes and then put it into a container that you can keep in the fridge for later use. (I recommend an empty caramel sauce bottle – mine works brilliantly)
Prep the Apple Juice
Again, you can take the slow route and boil the apple juice as many suggest out there on Pinterest. I suggest you put 2 cups of Apple Juice (or however much you’d like) into a microwaveable container (I choose one of my coffee travel mug things) and just zap it for a good 2 minutes to get it piping hot. Make sure that you’ve added 2 Tablespoons of your homemade Cinnamon Dulce Syrup before you zap it though – otherwise you’ll be crying later. Free tip – I also squirt in an extra shot of caramel sauce for good measure – because I’ve got a sweet tooth and damn it that’s the way (uh huh uh huh) I like it!
Once you’ve got everything combined in your desired vessel of choice – stir/whisk feverishly and make sure it’s good and mixed. Top it off with a good heaping mountain of whip cream and then drizzle some caramel sauce to finish it off. Some people prefer to place a cinnamon stick in or sprinkle some cinnamon on top as an added garnish for looks etc. – and they’re crazy – don’t bother. (we’re in it for the drink people … not the presentation)
Now, if you don’t like Caramel Apple Spices then I have no idea why you’ve bothered to read this entire post. If you do enjoy a sweet drink as an after meal treat and are looking to wind down with something warm at the end of your day – then by all means, try out this quick little recipe and let me know how it turns out for you!