Hot Caramel Apple Cider (Starbucks Copycat)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 mins

I made these for a cookie exchange party, everyone loved them! Recipe is for 1 serving.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons caramel topping
  • 3 tablespoons real whipped cream


  1. Heat apple cider. (either microwave for 1, stove top for a couple or when I did them for a crowd I kept it hot in a crockpot).
  2. Drizzle caramel syrup in cup; stir to combine.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
Most Helpful

I prefer this to the real Starbuck's caramel apple cider--I've used both caramel syrup and caramel sauce/topping in my cider. I leave the whipped cream off because I think it makes it too sweet. (Starbuck's cider is actually just apple juice, I think, and it's definitely NOT hard cider.) For the real Starbuck's recipe, use vanilla syrup in the cider and top the whipped cream with caramel sauce.

anonymous23 February 04, 2008

Starbucks uses Treetop Apple Juice. It has never used apple cider in their "apple cider" drink. This caused the company to change the drink's name several years ago.

Mary Ellen #3 October 20, 2009