Not everybody may agree with this sentiment, but we don’t really think that autumn has officially arrived without sampling a piping hot cup of apple cider. Sweet, spicy, and warming, this classic beverage is the perfect complement to a fall or winter day. Marcella DiLonardo, the cook behind the sumptuous food blog Modest Marce, offers a decadent twist on the drink, adding homemade salted caramel and whipped cream. Are you salivating yet? Check out the recipe below!
Salted Caramel Apple Cider
For the cider
8 cups fresh apple cider
¼ cup salted caramel + more for drizzel (see recipe below)
2 whole cinnamon sticks
For the salted caramel
1 cup white sugar
⅓ cup water
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon sea salt
For the whipped cream
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, for dusting (optional)
For the cider: In a large sauce pot, heat cider, salted caramel, and cinnamon sticks until it comes to a boil. Stir to ensure the cider is evenly distributed. Remove from heat.
For the salted caramel: In a large sauce pot over medium heat add the sugar & water. Bring to a boil while wiping down the sides of the pan using a pastry brush. Continue to boil until the mixture turns a deep amber colour (approximately 5 minutes). This step happens VERY quickly, so be sure not to burn the sugar. Immediately remove from heat & whisk in cream, butter & sea salt. Let cool to room temperature.
For the whipped cream: Using a mixing bowl & whisk, add the cream, vanilla & sugar. Whisk until stiff peaks form.
For assembly: Pour cider in desired sized mug. Top with whipped cream, cinnamon & drizzle with additional salted caramel.
Notes: It is best to make the salted caramel a day ahead of time. This recipe will also work well with store bought salted caramel. For a more grown up version, add an ounce of your favorite bourbon or whiskey.