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spiked caramel apple cider

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Because it’s Friday, and I love you guys, I’m sharing a simple but lip smacking good cocktail with you. And let me tell you a secret: it only has two ingredients. I know. It’s so wrong, it’s right.

I debated about sharing with this you today, or waiting until next week, but decided that your weekend would be so improved by the addition of this fuss free cocktail. It’s the perfect drink for anyone who doesn’t want to keep a fully stocked bar, but loves themselves a seasonal drink. 

spiked caramel apple cider_Emily Caruso_Jelly Toast (3 of 7)SO, you might be wondering what exactly these two ingredients are so here is the big old secret: apple cider and caramel vodka. BOOM. Amazing.

I have to admit that I just recently found out there was even such a thing as caramel vodka. Did you know this was a thing? I totally didn’t. I’m sure you probably already knew this because I’m sure you don’t live under a rock like I do. So, if you say ‘yeah, Em, I’ve been pouring caramel vodka in my cider for ages, big deal’ I won’t be offended. Or shocked. Truly. It’s just that this whole ‘caramel vodka’ thing is new to me it’s my new favorite.

I got the idea for this drink from my sister after she was telling me about a cider and caramel vodka drink that she saw that was served warm (which sounds amazing, btw) but I figured it would probably be just as good cold. Especially since Ohio has been confusing October with July, apparently, and keeps serving us up 80 degree days. I’m over it, Ohio. Over. It.

But I digress…

Now, while I had no clue that caramel vodka existed, I have dabbled a bit into flavored vodkas with marshmallow and vanilla, both of which were fabulous.

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Anyway, this cold spiked caramel apple cider is the perfect cocktail for this ‘in limbo’ weather – when it can’t decide if it want’s to be hot, cold, humid or dry. You can bet your buttons that I’ll be heating up this same exact drink, infused with cinnamon sticks most likely, at the first sure sign that Autumn has taken hold. Is betting buttons a thing? If it is, I would bet my buttons that you’re gonna love this. And for now, I’ll keep it cold and served in my favorite little mason jars. I’m casual like that.

I hope this makes your weekend extra tasty!

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Happy Friday!!

Spiked Caramel Apple Cider

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


1 1/2 ounces caramel vodka
1/2 cup apple cider
ice for serving


Fill a glass with ice. Pour in vodka and apple cider, stir and serve!

Repeat as needed



I used Smirnoff's Caramel Kissed Vodka, but I've heard there is another brand that makes a salted caramel vodka that sounds incredible, too!
October 4th, 2013

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20 comments on “spiked caramel apple cider”

  1. great! and delicious 🙂

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  3. Love this! I have some Van Gogh Caramel Vodka I never know what to mix it with. Perfect!

    • Yes!! mix it with apple cider for the easiest cocktail ever!! Is the Van Gogh the one that is salted caramel? I found out about a salted caramel vodka after I got this one. I think I need to seek it out next time 🙂

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  5. I think this is delicious, would like to add too that there is a caramel apple vodka by Pinnacle, so very delicious. I have not tried caramel vodka but I used your recipe with the caramel apple and it was fantastic! Go Ohio, finally getting cool.

    • Yes! Weather is finally being tallish, isn’t it awesome?! I’m so glad you liked the cocktail and now I must, must seek out this caramel apple vodka. It sounds amazing! Thank you for the recommendation, I’m so glad you stopped by!

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  7. YES! I actually mixed this up last week when I was using up the last of my caramel apple vodka and it was SICK. Like.. too good. I only had apple juice, so I can’t wait to try your suggestion and use apple cider! Apple juice just always sounds like what I’d put in a toddler’s sippy cup.. not in an “adult beverage”.

  8. Caramel vodka! Wow. Sounds so ridiculously delicious… like cheeky toffee apples in drink form! I’m having some girlfriends over this weekend so I definitely think I’ll make a batch of these. Thanks Em! x

  9. I make “Apple Pie” with Everclear grain and apple cider and put it in canning jars and it keeps for a long time. do you know if you can put this in canning jars and seal because I heat it first with this vodka carmel and apple cider?

    • Hi Annette,
      I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to your question, I’ve never tried that before. If you try it and it works, I’d love to hear about it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. we must be neighbors! i live under a rock too, lol! only in michigan! saw this recipe, thought id add my 2 cents! just ‘discovered’ toasted carmel whiskey! who knew?! i personally dont care for whiskey, but wow! smoooooth! better yet, when i mixed it w/cider; o. my. stars. i also tried it with coffee flavored ice cream, swoon! in the cider drink, hot or cold is fantastic!

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