I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it enough, but I have an unhealthy addiction to Starbucks. I’ve been hooked since I sipped my first frap when I was (gasp) 12. Over the years I’ve tried so many of their sugar-laden caffeine-powered drinks, but this time of year, I’m drawn to the pumpkin spiced latte.

Perhaps I had too much coffee that day, or maybe I was just feeling adventurous, but for some reason not too long ago I ordered a Caramel Apple Spice. Taking the first sip of this autumnal drink warmed me to my toes. All that Starbucks does (from what I can tell) is warm their apple juice, mix it with a spiced sugary syrup, top it with whipped cream and drizzle it with caramel sauce. We’ve recreated this spicy drink just in time to meet the cold front sweeping the nation this weekend. Bundle up and grab a cup of this festive fall drink!

Cinnamon Simple Syrup:

Ingredients:

1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation:

In a small pot over medium-high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Add the cinnamon and simmer for another 2 minutes. Cool and transfer to a squeeze bottle. Store in refrigerator.

Spiced Whipped Cream (makes 4ish cups of whipped cream):

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Preparation:

Whip all ingredients together using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. This should stay good for about a week, and will do wonders for your morning coffee.

Caramel Apple Cider:

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons cinnamon simple syrup
10 ounces apple cider
Dollop spiced whipped cream
Drizzle of caramel sauce (Neil and I really like the salted caramel sauce from Bon Appetit’s Caramel Budino with Salted Caramel Sauce recipe.)

Preparation:

If you’re making just one cup, it’s easiest to microwave the cider and the cinnamon syrup together in a mug. To make enough for a fall party, simply multiply the ingredients by how many people you are hosting. Top each drink with a dollop of spiced whipped cream and drizzle with your favorite caramel sauce.