It’s Saturday morning, the sun is out and the air is brisk. That’s what we Minnesotans call a perfect day…at least in October. My husband and I decided to take advantage of what we thought was going to be a great Fall day. We hunted down a babysitter and made a tee time. Life was good.


The babysitter arrived, instructions were doled out and we were headed out. We opened the front door only to find raindrops starting to fall. Where did our sun go? Where did our perfect Fall day go? We were determined not to let this set us back (besides, we had already paid the babysitter).

We were crazy. We played through rain, wind and temperatures so cold you could see your breath. I sat on the golf cart trying to come up with strategies to survive not only today, but the following day as well, as I was supposed to play in an all day golf tournament. With the weatherman’s forecast looking even bleaker for Sunday, I devised a plan…Spiked Caramel Apple Cider. This had to be the answer to my cold weather woes!

After returning home and thawing out, I headed back out to round up the ingredients for this delectable little drink. I decided I was going to make a gallon of this nectar of the gods and pass it out to all my golfing buddies at the tournament. It was impossible not to feel a lot warmer with this tasty stuff in your tummy! Everyone asked for the recipe so I figured I’d share it with all of you too! Of course, I spiked it for a little extra “warmth” but that’s totally up to you!

Caramel Apple Cider

Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 5 hours
Total time 5 hours, 15 minutes
Allergy Dairy
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage
Misc Serve Hot
By author Project Real Mom
A fabulously tasty treat on a cool fall day!


  • 1 Gallon Pressed Apple Cider
  • 3 tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 4 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Orange (Sliced)
  • 1/2 Lemon (Sliced)
  • 15 Whole Cloves
  • 25 Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 20 Whole Allspice Berries
  • 4 Whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/3 cup Caramel Ice Cream Topping


  • 1-1/2 cup Applejack Apple Brandy


Step 1
Combine all ingredients except brandy and caramel in a crockpot. Cook on low 5-6 hours.
Step 2
Slowly stir in caramel sauce so that it dissolves into the cider. You don't want it all clumped at the bottom.
Step 3
Strain cider through a fine strainer to remove fruit and spices. If you prefer the "unspiked" version, stop here and enjoy!
Step 4
To spike, add the brandy and serve! You can keep this in the crockpot on the warm setting but be careful not to let it boil! If it boils, the brandy will burn off.


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