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Copycat Starbucks' Caramel Apple Cider

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serves/makes:   1

recipe id: 10261
Starbucks' Caramel Apple Cider Recipe
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cinnamon syrup, a couple of squirts (sold in the store)
Treetop premium apple juice
whipped cream
caramel syrup


Blend cinnamon syrup with apple juice.

Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel syrup.


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179 calories, 3 grams fat, 39 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in fat.
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This was delicious and tasted like "fall". I believe the type of apple juice is definitely key for getting the taste closest to Starbucks.

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Member since: November 10, 2013
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This is delicious! Tastes just like Starbucks! I love anything apple. I used the sugar free pressureized whipped topping to help save me a few calories since I think I'll be making this frequently.

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I couldn't find cinnamon syrup either so I made my own using simple syrup and cinnamon sticks. worked great! The drink is sooooo good and reminds me of drinking apple cider as a kid in the fall.

Guest at CDKitchen.com
Oct 8, 2012

Regarding the recipe for the Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider, I have yet to see anyone tell which BRAND of caramel sauce is best for this (one can purchase it from cheap to expensive, like from Williams Sonoma--too much for my budget-but I want a good one). I have asked to buy the caramel from our local Starbucks but they are not selling anymore. I used to buy it, it"s the best remake of a Starbucks beverage I've ever tried at home. I even fooled my husband one day and put it in a Starbucks cup!

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Yeah this is exactly what they do. No cider and no milk, dunno where that idea came from...

Guest at CDKitchen.com
Dec 24, 2010

Guest Foodie
Simply delicious!

Followed the advice from the reviewer who suggested the base layer of whipped cream in a cup.

Had no cinnamon syrup so I added
a dash of cinnamon and dark brown sugar to the hot cider before adding this mixture to the same cup.

Then followed through with an additional top layer of whipped cream with drizzled caramel syrup and drips of the remaining cider/cinnamon/brown sugar combo.

Guest at CDKitchen.com
Nov 20, 2010

I just visited the Starbucks next to where I work and the barista just used Musselman's apple juice with the cinnamon dolce syrup. There was no milk, but when I make this at home I put a dollop of whipped cream in the bottom of the cup. If you like it creamy like I do, the whipped cream melts into the drink very quickly when you pour it on top, and therefore makes it extra creamy. Oh, and I also add a little ground nutmeg along with the caramel sauce on top for a more nutty, festive fall taste. I've also heard of people adding finely crushed pecans on top, much like some add nuts to actual caramel apples. This is a fun drink to experiment with and make it your own!

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Oct 2, 2010

Guest Foodie
In a 12oz. size cup the serving of the syrup is approximately 3 Tbsp. All this beverage is is Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Syrup topped with steamed apple juice (yes, Tree Top) then whipped cream and caramel drizzle. This is true for all company-owned Starbucks. I'm not sure about those outside of the U.S. or licensed stores.

You can buy cinnamon dolce syrup at your local Starbucks. They do,in fact, sell their syrups if they have enough available (that being said, they do not sell white mocha, mocha, pumpkin spice, etc.).

If you cannot steam your apple juice, simply heat it over the stove. The act of steaming apple juice is simply to make it hot unlike milk which will produce a nice mild flavor and creamy foam. In short, you will get the same results for the most part heating over a stove.

To achieve Starbucks-style whipped cream, all you need to do is head on over to your local cooking store or Williams Sonoma and purchase the canisters we use. They even sell the N20 cartridges that we use. If you don't want to spend 150.00 to make whipped cream, then I'm sure whipped cream out of a can will work fine.

As for caramel drizzle, you can melt your own caramels and drizzle over it or do the easier thing by going to Starbucks and buying their caramel drizzle. They have a retail version for sale in a bottle. They tend to sell out fast though.

Guest at CDKitchen.com
Sep 8, 2010

Guest Foodie
I am going to try this recipe. The starbucks here will ask if you want apple juice or apple cider not sure if they all do.

Guest at CDKitchen.com
Oct 28, 2009

I find this recipe simply aweful for the fact that it sais "couple of squirts" what measurement are the squirts? are they using 1/2 0z pumps or 1/3 or 1/4 oz pumps... and how much juice? and it sais serves 1 but 1 does not say what size, is it 12oz or 16oz?

as far as recipes go this one is terribly incomplete!

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I tried this recipe, and I loved it!

I watched them make it a 2 different Starbucks in my area, and there was absolutely no milk involved. As a matter of fact...what sense would that make? It's supposed to be Apple Cider-like.

I do not drink coffee, so it's nice to be able to get this or teas from Starbucks. I was getting the tea to make at home, and now I have the recipe for this. I'm good to go!

Guest at CDKitchen.com
Mar 27, 2009

Guest Foodie
OK just tell all of I used to work at SB and this is what we did. we used motts (refg.)apple juice, cin. doluce as well as the whip cream, not the whip cream get 5 quirts of vinnilla syp. and then half-half shaken. then we sometime put cin sprinkles on top depends.