Fall is definitely here and there is a chill in the air.  I’m not a cold weather person.  I prefer warm temps, but we live in the Midwest, so cool temperatures are something we have to get used to…or learn to deal with.  In the fall, I love apple cider and when it’s really chilly out, nothing beats a mug of warm apple cider.  My sister-in-law was at our house one evening and she mixed up a cocktail of apple cider with Smirnoff’s caramel vodka and oh my goodness it was delicious!  I felt like I was drinking a caramel apple through a straw!  So, then I got to thinking, why not enjoy this warm when there is a fall chill in the air.  I found a recipe for hot caramel apple cider and made a few adjustments to it to suit my taste buds and it was so yummy!

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You will need:  apple cider, Smirnoff caramel vodka, cinnamon (optional), brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks(also optional, but they sure make it look pretty!)

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Begin by heating the cider, brown sugar, and cinnamon if using over medium-low heat.

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While the cider is warming up, rim your mugs or glasses with brown sugar.

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Once the mixture is warm, add the vodka.  Heat just enough to warm it as the longer it is on the heat the more the alcohol burns off:).

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When it is warmed to the desired temperature, ladle the liquid into the mugs and add a cinnamon stick or two and enjoy with some friends!

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(You could easily make this in the crockpot.  Just place the cider on warm and let your guests add the vodka to their mugs.)

Hot Caramel Apple Cider
  • 5 cups apple cider
  • 1½ cups Smirnoff caramel vodka (more or less depending on desired taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ Tablespoon brown sugar, plus more for mug rims
  • cinnamon sticks (optional)
  1. Mix apple cider, vodka, cinnamon (if using), and brown sugar in a large pot. Heat over medium-low heat until warm.
  2. While the mixture is warming up, add brown sugar to the rims of the mugs.
  3. Stir in the vodka and heat to desired temperature.
  4. Ladle cider into mugs and add a cinnamon stick or two.





Sarah from This Farm Family's Life

I am a proud stay-at-home mom to our 3 girls. Our family farms corn and soybeans and we also have a beef cattle operation. I enjoy cooking, photography, gardening, and crafting with my girls.