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

5 5

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.

4 5

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.