This spiked apple cider cocktail recipe is like a cup of fall! The warm caramel cider is perfect for tailgating or sipping around the fire on a cool fall evening. It is an easy, super tasty, and warm alcoholic drink that is like Fall in a glass. If you were ever curious about what to mix with caramel vodka…look no further. This hot apple cider drink recipe is perfect.
Why, hello there, Fall! It’s so nice to have you back in town. My windows are thrown open, and there are no words to express how much I LOVE sleeping with the windows open and the cool air enticing me to snuggle down under the covers. Sheer Bliss!
This early fall weather has me de-summering my home and slowly adding touches of fall here and there.
And aren’t there certain foods and scents that get you feeling all ‘fall-y’? Without a doubt, spiced pumpkin and apple, as well as wood-burning, are those aromas that I want all around me this time of year.
For the past several years, I have made the pilgrimage back to my alma mater for a fun girl’s weekend of tailgating and football. At one of our tailgates, I was introduced to spiked warm caramel apple cider…such a simple hot apple cider drink but also a serious ‘cup o’ fall.’ What is more fun at a fall tailgate than a hot apple cider cocktail – a nice fall touch with apple cider and caramel vodka?
You could add caramel sauce and vodka to warm spiced apple cider, but it’s a lot easier and fewer calories to use caramel-infused vodka instead…you get the flavor without the added fat and sugar!
As far as I can tell, Smirnoff has the only caramel vodka…which is okay because it is pretty darn tasty. I can’t say I’ve ever had a caramel vodka drink, but this apple cider with caramel vodka is wonderful.
If you are looking for other apple recipes to celebrate the fall season’s harvest, check these out:
How to Make Spiked Warm Apple Cider
It’s as simple as adding caramel vodka (I used Smirnoff’s Caramel Vodka) to warm spiced apple cider. I spice my apple cider with the Mulling Spices I shared in this post. Keep the cider warm on the stove and add the vodka as you serve it.
If you are tailgating, keep your warm cider in a thermos and let your guests add the vodka to their liking.
- 1/2 cup warm, spiced apple cider (I used my mulling spices to spice the apple cider)
- 1 shot of Caramel Vodka (note 1)
Add a shot of Caramel Vodka to 1/2 to 1 cup of warm spiced cider.
Add a cinnamon stick for garnish
Note 1: A shot (or jigger) equals 1.5 ounces
If you think this spiked hot apple cider might need to be made in your home, make sure to bookmark this page or add it to your Pinterest boards for your future reference!
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