If you’re looking for the spice and comfort of a Starbucks Apple Cider for less, then I got you. My simple recipe will help you make the exact same drink, if not better.
My favorite way of keeping warm as the weather cools down in fall is sipping the hot Starbucks Apple Cider during my mid-morning break in the office. I’ll do two to three Grandes on the chilliest days; morning, mid-morning and in the evening. The spice and warmth in this hot beverage work like magic. While Starbucks has the drink on the menu all year, I’ve learnt how I can make a cup at home in the evenings and save the extra bucks.
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Brief History of the Drink
Inspired by the prominent harvest of red apples in fall, customers wanted the nostalgic flavor of apples in their drinks during fall to celebrate the familiar feelings of comfort & warmth that the season embodies. So, the Starbucks R&D team started testing a range of apple-flavored items including syrups and pastries.
In August 2021, the coffee company launched the coffee-free beverage on the fall menu.
Is Apple Cider still available at Starbucks?
Yes. Starbucks has the Apple Cider all year as Caramel Apple Spice on the menu, which is a more sophisticated variant of the cider.
Starbucks Apple Cider (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories)
- What’s in an Apple Cider – (Ingredients)
This ultimate fall beverage consists of steamed apple juice concentrate, apple brown sugar syrup, cinnamon dolce syrup, caramel apple drizzle and whipped cream. Espresso is poured over steamed milk followed with spicy caramelized apple drizzle like the baked pie.
The caramelized sauce is made of apple puree, brown sugar, buttercream, cinnamon and nutmeg spices.
- Starbucks Apple Cider: Sizes, nutrition, Caffeine & Calories
What sizes are available?
The drink is served in the various Starbucks sizes including Grande, Tall, Venti and Trenta.
Although the Starbucks Apple Cider has moderate sugar and low calories, it’s a holiday beverage and not considered healthy by nutritionists.
A healthier version would omit whipped cream topping and caramel sauce which in turn would ruin the fall energy.
Below are the nutritional facts per Grande (16 ounces):
|Calories per 16 ounces (out of 2,000 calories used for general nutritional advice)
|Total Fat (8g)
|Total Carbohydrates (77g)
Dietary Fiber (0g)
The drink has no caffeine which makes it perfect for the whole family.
- So, what does Starbucks Apple Cider taste like?
The deep apple & cinnamon flavors give a delicious twist to the regular cider. It is not overly sweet but the whipped cream and caramel toppings give that extra umph.
- Ways to Customize Apple Cider at Starbucks – Starbucks APPLE CIDER Variations
You can ask the barista to add the pumpkin sauce to your apple cider for the ultimate fall taste.
Iced tea is another way to add some caffeine into the drink.
You can also top the drink with cinnamon or nutmeg dusting in place of the caramel sauce or in addition to the sauce.
How to make Starbucks Apple Cider at home – Starbucks Apple Cider Copycat Recipe
- Microwave safe bowl with a cover
- Glass mug
- Apple juice
- Whipped cream
- Nutmeg powder
- Cinnamon syrup
- Caramel sauce
- Microwave the apple juice for about 1 minute until it simmers
- Add the cinnamon syrup and stir to mix.
- Put the hot juice into the glass mug.
- Top off with swirls of the whipped cream.
- Drip the caramel sauce and dust the nutmeg powder for the fall aesthetic.
- You can stick a cinnamon roll for additional vibes and aroma. Enjoy your drink
- I used all store-bought ingredients but you can make the syrup at home.
How do you order Apple Cider from Starbucks app?
Just put the name of the drink, the size and the store you’re ordering from.
What is the apple cider drink at Starbucks?
Caramel Apple Spice
Does Starbucks apple cider have sugar?
Yes, it’s sweetened with cinnamon syrup which has sugar.
How many calories are in a caramel apple cider from Starbucks?
A Grande has about 80 calories. The amount varies based on the sizes.
Does Starbucks apple cider have caffeine?
No, the Starbucks Apple Cider is caffeine free.
Is Starbucks steamed apple juice apple cider?
Yes, you can get steamed apple juice is a variation of the apple cider.
Does Starbucks steamed apple juice taste like apple cider?
Yes, many have said that the steamed apple juice does tatse like apple cider.
What is hot apple cider called at Starbucks?
Apple Crisp Macchiato.
What brand of apple juice does Starbucks use for the apple cider drink?
Tree Top Apple Juice
Kai Jordan worked as a Certified Nutrition Specialist and now a food critic whose main objective is to provide consumers with as much information as they need to make the right choices concerning foods and drinks. Jordan is passionate about helping the public reach their health-related goals but also keen on reviewing foods and drinks offered by some of the famous restaurants the likes of Starbucks.
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