It’s starting to get a bit chilly here in Pittsburgh! The leaves are finally starting to fall and mid-terms are right around the corner – fall has arrived. So to celebrate and warm up a little, today we have a really simple drink recipe for those of you who are at least 21 years old – Hot Caramel Apple Cider!
We got our apple cider for this recipe from the Amish country in Lancaster, PA. We took a little “mini-moon” after the wedding and drove up to Lancaster for a few nights. As for the caramel vodka, we got that at the wine and spirits store. We’re not sure of any other brands other than Smirnoff that make caramel vodka, but if you know of any please leave a comment. We also want to give credit to Erica’s friend Megan for introducing us to this drink!
On another note, happy 225th birthday to Pitt! This past weekend was homecoming and we got to go onto Heinz Field to help celebrate. The band formed an outline of a “P” and students holding balloons filled inside of it. Then, we sang “Happy Birthday” and released the balloons. It was so much fun! Here are a few pics:
Hot Caramel Apple Cider
Nothing says fall is here like hot apple cider (with alcohol!)
- Servings – 4
- Prep time – 1 minute
- 4 mug’s worth of apple cider
- 1 mug’s worth of caramel vodka (you can always use less (or more?) if you want, this makes it fairly strong)
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (mostly for rimming your glasses, taste the cider before to see if it needs sugar or not)
1. Mix all of the ingredients above in a large pot. (Edit: Heating up the cider before adding the vodka ensures that the alcohol doesn’t burn off! Heat it up to your desired temperature and then add the vodka.)
2. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until liquid just begins to steam (don’t over heat or else the alcohol will burn off).
3. While cider is warming up, take your mugs or glasses and rim them with brown sugar.
4. Pour cider into your rimmed glasses, serve and enjoy!