Strites’ Orchard makes the best apple cider. They have a cider press and use 100% apple juice with no additives or preservatives. It’s naturally sweet and refreshing. Take a visit to the orchard and watch the cider press in motion. They even make apple cider slushies.
A cold apple cider slushie is good, but nothing beats the chill in the fall weather than warm apple cider.
I may have made Strites’ apple cider even better by adding homemade caramel sauce and heating both up in the crock pot. Doesn’t warm caramel apple cider just sound delicious? I’m even tempted to whip up some apple cider muffins and serve them together.
I found a recipe to make homemade caramel sauce, but it didn’t turn out perfectly the first time. I used butter, maple syrup, and milk. When making caramel sauce, the most important thing to remember is to stir constantly. I don’t think I stirred it enough so when I refrigerated it, the butter separated from the rest of the sauce. I reheated it on the stove and stirred it some more and this helped keep it together. If you make a homemade sauce, I recommend heating it a little before you pour it into the cider.
I bought cinnamon sticks on a whim and I planned to use them when I made this, but I could not find them! I looked through the pantry and the spice cabinet twice and they were nowhere to be found. So instead of cute little cinnamon sticks, I stirred in some regular cinnamon. The caramel apple cider still turned out pretty tasty.
- ½ gallon apple cider
- ½ cup caramel sauce
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- apple slices
- cinnamon sticks
- Pour apple cider and caramel sauce into a crock pot. Stir in the cinnamon.
- Cook on high for one hour then keep warm until ready to serve.
- Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.