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Caramel Apple Cider
From Peter Dawes

One of my favorite drinks this time of year is the Caramel Apple Spice drink at Starbucks. While getting one of these is as simple as driving a half mile down the road, it racks up money very quickly. And like any good writer, there are those misanthropic days when I don’t feel like leaving the house. So, I found this recipe on the Practically Functional website for Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Spice. It makes a hefty enough batch that I can forgo Starbucks for a little while.

Image from Practically Functional

·         6 C apple cider (Apple juice will do, too)

·         4 T caramel syrup

·         2-3 cinnamon sticks (or 2 t ground cinnamon)

·         5-7 whole cloves (1/2 t ground cloves)

The site says you can use ground cinnamon and ground cloves in this recipe, but it will leave tiny bits of spice floating around in your drink. If you use whole cinnamon sticks and whole cloves you can pull them out at the end. Personally, I’ve never minded either way.

The directions are simple: just mix everything up in your slow cooker. Make sure to stir the syrup in well so it doesn’t just sit at the bottom. As you stir, the liquid will become really light-colored and may look a bit cloudy, but it will get darker and clearer as it cooks.

Once everything is mixed together, turn your slow cooker on low. Let it go for at least 4 hours so the spices have time to steep. Once you’re done cooking, carefully remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves.

And there you have it!