Spiced and Spiked Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail

by Jackie FogartieNovember 17, 2015

The winter months are upon us, and that means hibernating in the house under a cozy blanket! It also means an abundance of comfort foods and warm beverages. The ultimate cold-weather beverage is warm apple cider. Not only does it taste amazing and warm up your bones, it makes the whole house smell incredible!

I decided to take the traditional hot apple cider and take it up a notch by spiking it, adding some caramel flavor and topping it off with a brown sugar rim. Here’s how to make a festive and delicious cider hot toddy!

Spiced and Spiked Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail

Serving: Makes 5-6 cocktails depending on your size glass

  • 1/4th a gallon of your favorite apple cider
  • 5-3 oz. caramel flavored vodka (I used Smirnoff)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks (3-5)
  • Apple slices for garnish
  • Brown sugar and granulated sugar (about 1/4th cup of each, combined)


  1. Simmer the apple cider, spices and cinnamon sticks in a pot on the stove for about 15-20 minutes. You will start to smell it!
  2. Take off the heat and add in the caramel vodka. The more you add the stronger the drink will be, as will the caramel flavor!
  3. While the cider is heating, prep the glasses by wetting the rims and twisting them rim-side down on a plate of the brown sugar/sugar mixture to coat the rim.
  4. Ladle the cider into each glass, garnish with an apple slice and serve warm (in front of a cozy fireplace if possible)!

Note: Play with the spices to get the flavor profile just right. If you want to serve non-spiked, simply drizzle caramel syrup on the top before serving to get that caramel flavoring.

This cider will warm you up in many ways! Enjoy!

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About The Author
Jackie Fogartie
Jackie Fogartie (often known as Jackie Fo) is a NJ born, NC living event planner and freelance writer/blogger. Five plus years ago, Jackie started an events and wedding planning business based in Charlotte, North Carolina called Jackie Fogartie Events handling events of all sizes from intimate baby showers to large weddings. In addition to making events go off without a hitch, Jackie writes a blog covering all things food, cocktail and party. She has also written for brands such as General Mills, Aladdin insulated mason jars and Proctor & Gamble. You can often find her staying true to her NJ Italian roots by eating big bowls of pasta and drinking copious amounts of red wine. Cheers!