My fave autumn drink (or anytime drink, but ESPECIALLY autumn) from Starbucks is the caramel apple spice. I know, not the pumpkin spice latte, so weird. I actually really dislike super milky hot coffee drinks (I’m an americano drinker) and the pumpkin spice flavour grosses me out. Fun fact: Vancouver was one of the test markets for the PSL way back in 2003 so I’ve actually been disliking it longer than anyone else/way before the backlash. Anyway, back to my one true love, the CAS: when I worked at Starbucks it was called the caramel apple cider and I think that name makes more sense because whenever I order it now they seem confused and it is often made wrong. For the record it’s:
-steamed apple juice
NO caramel syrup, NO cinnamon sprinkles.
Anyway, recently I’ve been making my own version at home and of course I had to up the ante by making it alcoholic ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I don’t have a job rn, I need a hobby! And it’s drinking! (jk)
caramel apple spike
-12 oz apple juice
-1 cinnamon stick
-1 whole clove
-1 small orange, washed & cut in half
-1.5 oz apple whisky
In a small saucepan combine the apple juice, cinnamon stick and clove. Squeeze the juice of the orange into the pan and also just put the whole peel in because why not. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and allow to simmer for about five minutes. Remove from heat, and strain out the solids. Pour the juice into a mug, add the whisky and stir. Top with whipped cream and caramel sauce, then enjoy!
If you don’t have apple whisky regular is fine, but seriously do yourself a favour and pick up some Crown Royal Apple, it is way more delicious than you think it’ll be and you will not regret it. You can also make this a family friendly daytime drink by leaving out the alcohol, although I’m pretty sure having whisky in a hot drink is medicinal so it’s fine, it’s fine. I mean, not for kids, for daytime. OH AND pro-tip: instead of discarding the used cinnamon stick, clove and orange halves, put them back in the saucepan with some water and simmer over low heat to make your house smell seasonal and amazing. yr welcome 😉