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Salted Caramel Boozy Apple Cider

  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x



For the Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt for garnish

For the Apple Cider

  • 3 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup dark rum or bourbon
  • 1 granny smith apple, diced
  • 1 honey crisp apple, diced


  1. Make the caramel sauce: Wipe a heavy bottomed medium sized sauce pot clean of all impurities (bits of dust, etc.). Add white sugar in an even layer and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently with a heat resistant spoon while it melts.
  2. When the sugar is completely caramelized, quickly whisk in the butter until completely dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and pour in the cream, quickly whisking until smooth.
  4. Add vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg, whisk together until smooth.
  5. Let cool for a couple minutes, until warm but not hot.
  6. Garnish Apple Cider Glasses: Pour the salt onto a flat plate in an even layer. Gently dip the rims of glasses for the apple cider into the sauce and then into the salt. Let cool.
  7. Make the cider: In a large pot, heat apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange juice to a simmer. Cook at a simmer for 5 minutes until steaming. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks.
  8. Pour boozy cider into salted caramel garnished glasses. Add a few diced apple pieces to your glass and enjoy!