I’ll be the first to admit...cooking is NOT my thing. However, Starbucks has taught me a few tricks for the holidays...for example...anyone else LOVE their Carmel Apple Spice?!?
Well it was my FAVORITE to make while I was learning drinks, because it was just so easy! So I figure everyone should know how to make it!
My caramel apple spice never looks like this when we made it! I don’t know why online pictures look so much better!
Before reading this...I have another Starbucks Secret.
Rule Number 1 in being a Barista! Be happy, and when you dont want to be happy, find a sneaky way to get back at them.
This is WAY more true then you will ever believe. If you think I'm kidding, go ahead and ask your favorite Barista if they've done it.
I bet they will say yes.
It took me a few times before my fellow Baristas finally talked me into it (I had to work my way from 1/2 decaf to full!) but it was the best way to get out your anger out and move on! I will be honest, I really haven't done it to THAT many people...most people are wonderful. But those that do...they deserved way more than just that.
Anyway, back to the Carmel Apple Spice!
All you need:
Cinnamon Dolce Syrup (from Starbucks!) For low-cal you can use sugar free kind, The HUGE bottles run about $6.95 or so...they will last you FOREVER. However, it makes a great cider if you are having a party! People will be SO impressed
Carmel Sauce- you can pick this up at Starbucks as well, however, you can use a store bought caramel sauce to save a little cash!
Optional- whipped cream
*also, when you buy your cinnamon dolce syrup, ask if they have any extra pumps. It depends on how nice they are, but a lot of times they will give one to you if they have extra!*
You will see below why I'm not great at cooking...I eyeball everything so nothing turns out right…but its hard to mess this one up! And if you do, you just have to make and drink another (shucks!)
For a single cup (and by cup I mean tall size of sbux so 12 oz), add apple juice (12oz or so) add 3 pumps of Cinnamon Dolce (about 2 Tbs) you can always add more if you’d like! Then go ahead and heat it up in the microwave like you would any other hot beverage (if you are doing this for a party, just put it over the stove)
If you are a whipped cream person (which I am not!) this is where you put the whipped cream on the top! Then top it off with caramel sauce! If you want to get technical (...and boy are they picky when you work there!) The caramel should be in a swirl shape on the top...but go crazy and make fun designs!!!
If you are making it in bulk, go ahead and melt 2 teaspoons of caramel sauce per every cup of apple juice. If you are measuring by the cup, you may want to go ahead and only use 1-2 pumps of C.D per cup. That way it is all ready to go and people can add whip cream on if they’d like!