CopyCat :: Caramel Apple Spice


It’s the last day of November and I wanted to squeeze this post in because even though I could drink this year round, it feels a little more November than December. I’m not the biggest coffee fan and I don’t do so well with caffeine, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like staying cozy with some Starbucks! Sometimes I branch out because the seasonal drinks sound sooo good, but I love the Caramel Apple Spice the best. I always thought it was only around for fall, but it seems like it’s moved to the permanent menu…Is this true??

Anyway, I had an almost empty bottle of Trader Joe’s Apple Cider and an almost empty box of Trader Joe’s salted caramel squares, so I put two and two together and made a little batch of Caramel Apple spice! I looked for some tips online and found that you can buy the syrup that they use here – who knew? Then I found some more tips for making it yourself. I mixed about a quarter cup of water, a quarter cup of brown sugar, a few dashes of cinnamon (add a little more if you’re using plain apple juice) then heated it on the stove for 5 minutes or so. Then I poured in the apple cider to let it heat and mix in with the syrup. Now, I think the syrup is what’s supposed to give it the caramely taste, but I had some squares so I threw them in to melt. The caramel taste is what makes the drink so special, I think. Add some whipped cream on top and more cinnamon to make it pretty. It was delicious and tasted just like the real deal!

DSC_0501_2:: Whipping up some topping! ::