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Salted Caramel Spiked Apple Cider

Hot boozy drinks are one of the best things about the winter, and this Salted Caramel Spiked Apple Cider skyrocketed to the top of my list this year.

Salted Caramel Whiskey Hot Apple Cider

Salted Spiked Caramel Apple Cider

I’ve been “testing” this cocktail all week long.

Maybe for two weeks.

I’m normally not a whiskey drinker, but when I saw Salted Caramel Crown Royal at the store recently I snatched that up like it was the last box of Count Chocula for the next year.

If you can’t find that particular brand, there are several others that have popped up in recent years that you can check out!

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Salted Caramel Spiked Hot Apple Cider

You see, the only time that whiskey and I are ever friends is in the winter months at band practice when I like to sip hot apple cider (usually the packet kind, I’m not fancy) with a healthy dose of whiskey in there. For the vocal cords, of course. Purely for the craft, you know.

Well, I LOVE caramel apple everything, like this caramel apple tarts, and my apple crumble pie recipe that ALWAYS gets a healthy dose of caramel on top of the big scoop of French vanilla ice cream that MUST go on top of it.

I even MAKE caramel myself you guys. Sometimes even the REALLY old fashioned way with WHITE SUGAR. That is no joke. Maybe it isn’t even caramel + apple that I like, but just caramel itself. It shows up a lot here, is all I’m saying.

Salted Caramel Spiked Hot Apple Cider

How To Make Spiked Caramel Apple Cider

First – don’t do what I usually do and crack open a packet of powdered spiced cider mix. It has its place, but for something really special, you need to get the big guns out.

Go buy this year’s batch of Honeycrisp unfiltered apple cider, or your favorite variety. MAJOR “you have your crap together” fall bonus points if you bring home some cider from an actual orchard that you went to visit to pick pumpkins or something because kudos and props and all of those other things. I haven’t been to an orchard in, like, 4 or 5 years.

When we lived in Michigan for a couple of years, I used to frequent an orchard, which was amazing. I actually hosted karaoke there once a week during the peak season, and while it was COLD and sometimes miserable, I always had such a great time there with all of the kids passing through and the teenagers with their big groups of friends and the occasional couple crooning love songs to each other.

Anyway –  back to the cider.

Try these Boozy Hot Chocolate Bombs too!

Salted Caramel Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Start with the best cider you can find, or you know – whatever you picked up at the grocery store last week that your kids haven’t demolished yet.

Next – get thyself this Crown Royal. Regular will definitely do if you aren’t a flavored booze fan, but the Salted Caramel Apple is like – well. Let’s just say I’m going to be keeping a bottle in reserve here since I assume it is a very seasonal offering.

Salted Caramel Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Once you do that, the next part is the WHIPPED CREAM. Because it took this drink from “OOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH that’s good” RIGHT into “Like WHOA” territory. Like, “whoa I’ve already snapchatted and made this for all of my people because I think they will love it so much.”

How To Make Cinnamon-Spiced Whipped Cream

This one is super simple. For 4 drinks, whip one cup of extra heavy whipping cream with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, and a dash of vanilla. Whip it, and whip it good. You want it to form stiff peaks and not melt into the hot cider too quickly.

Yield: 4

Salted Caramel Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Salted Caramel Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Hot boozy drinks are one of the best things about the winter, and this salted caramel whiskey hot apple cider skyrocketed to the top of my list this year.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


Apple Cider

  • 6 ounces Salted Caramel Crown Royal
  • 16-24 ounces apple cider, {good quality}

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Optional Garnish

  • Extra sprinkle cinnamon
  • caramel drizzle


  1. Beat the whipped cream ingredients until stiff peaks form and it is scoopable. 
  2. Heat the cider and whiskey using your favorite method (stovetop or microwave). Pour into 4 cups, and top with whipped cream. Garnish with a dried or fresh apple, and another sprinkle of cinnamon.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Saturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 17gSugar: 14g

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Cindy Michelle Schultz

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Does heating the Crown Royal cut the alcohol content??

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

It doesn't. You can just add as much or as little as you'd like though.

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