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Spiked Warm Caramel Apple Cider

This delicious and easy recipe is a go-to treat during the fall. Warmed apple cider is a delightful comfort during the cooler months. Adding in the sweet tastes of caramel and the warm tones of bourbon and it's the perfect cup.

This recipe is also a great way to add fall fragrance to your home. I spice my cider with a cinnamon stick and cloves. While heating on the stove or in a slow cooker, the house is filled with these intoxicating scents of fall. It's perfect for a cool afternoon or evening.

Getting the right smells is important for me. Growing up, it was a Saturday morning family affair of household cleaning. I would be in charge of dusting while my parents took care of the major projects but I'd know that the chores were done when my mother would light candles or refresh the potpourri. I've kept that as I've gotten older. The last thing I do when I'm doing some major cleaning is turn on essential oils or light a candle. That's my indication that it's time for relaxation.

This is a great go-to warm drink for after a long night of trick or treating or after a day of apple picking. There's a few things that bring me joy. A warm cocktail on a cool night is one of those things. Try out this cocktail and let me know if it makes it to your list.

Spiked Warm Caramel Apple Cider

Serves 2


2 cups Apple cider

1 Cinnamon stick

2 - 3 Whole Cloves

1/2 tsp Sugar-free Caramel Syrup

1/2 Cup Bourbon


  1. In a sauce pot, add in cider, cloves, and cinnamon stick. Slowly warm apple cider over low heat. Just before cider is about to boil, remove from heat. Add in caramel syrup and bourbon. Pour into a mug and enjoy.

(Pro Tips: This recipe can easily adjust to serve more. Just add in 2 - 3 cinnamon sticks and 5 - 10 cloves for up to a gallon of cider. Warm on low in a slow cooker to fill your house with the scents of fall while also warming up your cider.)

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