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Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail

Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail

by Barbara Kiebel on October 19, 2012

When the folks at Smirnoff inquired about my trying some of their flavored vodkas I admit I was a bit hesitant. I love using vodka in cocktails but most often I’m the one that is infusing them with a flavor and I’ve not had much interest in the gazillion vodka flavors I see proliferate liquor store shelves. But then I spied a Kissed Caramel Vodka in the offer and a recipe for a Kissed Caramel Apple-tini. Anything combining caramel and apple makes me go weak in the knees and so I thought I would give it a shot. Or two.

They indulged me and sent me both of their new flavors. My daughter and her friend Cindy were here the day the package arrived and they were absolutely giddy over both of them. If I’m being honest, the Iced Cake flavor was so sweet it was not for me but those girls quickly poured a glass over rocks and, well, that bottle went home with my daughter Emily. I just know when they see what I’ve done with the Kissed Caramel that they’ll find an excuse to come visit the ‘old lady’ stat!

They even suggested a recipe; combining the vodka with apple juice, lemon juice and simple syrup. My first order of the day was to revise that cocktail a bit; I had  a variety of apples on hand and decided to make some apple cider to use instead of apple juice and I just knew I would eliminate the simple syrup; I wanted the tartness of the cider to come thru.

I have to tell you…this was yummalicious good. Absolutely frivolous and fun and for me, the perfect cocktail for Halloween. I’m not big into Halloween; not even sure why. It’s not a religious thing but I’ve never enjoyed anything scary or spooky and if you know me you might know I hate the color orange ( I mean HATE it!) so though my kids always went out Trick or Treating, without little kids around, it’s just a day. I do dress up on the night of and hand out candy to the neighbor kids…maybe this year I’ll bide that time with a cocktail; this would be PERFECT!

My only drawback to getting it made? I had neither apple juice or apple cider so I made some! Apple cider is so easy to make, especially when you only need a relatively small amount. I had four apples which gave me a bit more than a cup of juice…plenty for several cocktails if you’re inviting friends. Of course it didn’t hurt that I have this fabulous Blendtec blender either…stick around; I’ve got one to give away next week! Simply remove the core from your apples and slice them into chunks; skin and all. Puree in a blender or food processor and then strain the juice from the pulp. I used a combination of my best strainer combined with four layers of cheesecloth. I was impatient and squeezed it out but if you plan better than I did you can let it sit and drip and then just squeeze out the a bit at the end. That’s it…no cooking required! Store in the fridge or if you have a bit too much, freeze it for later.

Once I had the cider made it was easy. I drew a bead of caramel sauce around the rim with a squeeze bottle and garnished it with an apple slice. Want the truth? I am running so far behind, I made this cocktail this morning…and I drank it while I wrote this post. Hey…it’s juice!!  Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: One cockktail

Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail

Delicious caramel and apple flavored cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. SMIRNOFF Kissed Caramel Flavored Vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz apple cider
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice
  • Caramel sauce for rimming
  • Apple slices for garnish

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass.
  2. Garnish rim with a bead of caramel sauce on the inside top edge (I used a handy squirt bottle) and a slice of apple.

Notes

Making apple cider is easy; buying it is even easier. Apple juice can be used but try to find the cider; it's so much more flavorful!

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1 Kathy Gori September 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

wow, just wow! love those pictures and now an=m really intrigued with the blender. I have a 20 buck special from sears which means I don’t do a hell of a lot of blending. This could change my mind.
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2 Creative Culinary September 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I had a decent blender Kathy when Blendtec asked me to test this one out. At first I thought it was a bummer; then I read the instructions…holy go figure! It has presets that cycle through high and low speeds and do an amazing job or I’m sure it WILL do an amazing job once I get it out of storage (ah, the things I miss; the list is growing!).

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3 Vannessa @ Wordchef's Corner October 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm

This looks soooo tasty – I am truly a caramel freak. And the photos are awesome, especially the last one with the glowing reflection. :)

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4 Creative Culinary October 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

Thank you Vannessa…wish I could take credit for that reflection part…it just happened during setup and I thought to take advantage of it! This is good…if you like caramel, you’ll love it!

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5 Terra October 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm

When I went to my families apple barn in Michigan, my Uncle reminded me how to make cider. We also played with the old fashioned apple cider press, it was not easy to work LOL:-) Love that you made cider, the vodka really does sound awesome! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra
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6 Judit October 25, 2012 at 1:30 am

That sounds pretty cool! As a huge fan of cider, I cannot miss this one on my halloween party next week! Thanks for the great idea!
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7 Sylvie Shirazi (@gourmandeinthek) October 24, 2012 at 2:52 am

Homemade apple cider! Now that is some serious devotion to making the perfect cocktail.
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8 Pat Mann October 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Oh my gosh, that sounds wonderful because I love caramel. I also hate orange and I am not very fond of Holloween either. I am not much of a drinker but with this drink I might start. Thanks for posting this!

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9 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos October 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Caramel Vodka – now THAT is going in my pantry ASAP for winter :)
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10 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet October 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

WHOA! That is one heck of a drink. I love the last photo with the pumpkin smiling through the martini stem. Genius!
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11 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 22, 2012 at 7:03 am

First of all… I’m jealous of your Blendtec. Goooorgeous machine. I need one in my life. And I need a cocktail. Actually, I’ll probably need/want several by the end of the day lol.
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12 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme October 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Oh, my gosh! This has to be just about my most favorite cocktail that you’ve made so far. Apples and caramel were just made for each other, weren’t they? How fun!
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13 Creative Culinary October 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm

It is good. I mean GOOD. Absolutely not a serious drink at all…and I loved, loved, loved it!

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14 Jane October 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Oh my gosh, I am going to have to look for that vodka! I am a vodka girl at heart :) Looks amazing!!
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15 Creative Culinary October 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

It was a fun drink I won’t deny but I have to tell you…the Honey infused vodka I used recently for Moscow Mules? Oh My. Made by Spring 44 spirits in Loveland. it was love at first sip…and these cocktails are DIVINE…why didn’t I start making these like 20 years ago?!!

http://www.creative-culinary.com/2012/10/moscow-mule-revisited-as-the-denver-donkey/

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16 rian@diet for hypothyroidism October 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm

making it by myself is more joyful than buy in the store :). I like this apple cider recipe. it taste really delicious when I was in my spare time, especially in the night after working :)

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17 kitchenriffs October 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

Cool drink! I’m not wild about flavored vodkas (or vodka at all, actually), but this looks pretty good. Very creative! Thanks for this.
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18 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I went in with a lot of trepidation about results and no one was more surprised than me that it was actually tasty. Not for the most sophisticated of occasions but very much a fun libation for the season. It sure did not need any additional simple syrup. I like a sweet cocktail occasionally but not one that is so sweet it hurts your teeth. :)

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19 Sheila October 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

That picture of the cocktail with the pumpkin reflecting through the stem is prize winning and well the cocktail looks purdy good too!
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20 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 20, 2012 at 4:39 am

This isn’t a drink it’s dessert and I’d be prepared for 3 or 4 of them :) Gosh this sounds good.
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21 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm

That it is…and nothing wrong with drinking your dessert I say!

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22 Helsinki Blog October 20, 2012 at 1:20 am

The caramel apple cider cocktail sounds delicious and thinking about it you could substitute apple with peach,or other fruits
Fantastic beverage
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23 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I hate the color orange too! This cocktail looks perfect for a quiet night in on Halloween!
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24 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

YAY…a sister! I am most definitely more in the cool group; as in blue, purple, burgundy and teals. I like red only if it’s a real cherry red and most often just go burgundy. Christmas is burgundy and silver to avoid any chance that an orangish red might appear. :)

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25 Amanda October 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Clever, clever you – great drink & great pics. Look at the jack-o-lantern in the stem of the glass in that last shot – wow!
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26 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Yes…it was determined so I just went with it!

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27 Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti October 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Oh my, this looks so tempting! I immediately pinned it on Pinterest so I can remember this wonderful combination. I haven’t tried experimenting with flavored vodas as yet, but I’ll be looking for this one!
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28 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Thanks Pat…it’s new but should be in distribution all over. It was great for this cocktail I can not lie.

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29 Nisrine October 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Yum..I can’t think of a better drink to celebrate fall!

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30 Karen Harris October 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Beee-uuuu-ti-fil photo. Love the sound of this drink.
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31 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Clink clink…that’s me toasting you with one. Happy Anniversary again my sweet friend.

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32 Wendy Read October 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I really love this Barb! Your photo is fabulous with your jack-o-lantern in the back, ah..the fall time and apples. Really enjoyed learning how to make cider too, I have never made it and I have a vitamix–I want to try this!
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33 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

So easy…though there is cheesecloth and then there is cheesecloth. Mine wasn’t really all that sturdy, hence the four layers. Patience is a virtue too but hey, we wanted a cocktail and we had none!

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34 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm

SO easy…especially with a Vitamix or Blendtec. Once I figured out how to use it…doggone directions helped.

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35 Renee - Kudos Kitchen October 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

This cocktail sounds yummy. I may even have to try to make my own apple cider one day (I own a vitamix) and give this a whirl. I love your pictures too. The last one with the pumpkin reflection in the stem of the glass is totally awesome!
I’m a little shocked however to hear that you hate the color orange. It’s been my favorite for as long as I can remember and the reason I love fall so much. To me the color is packed with energy (but I digress, LOL).
Cheers to another great cocktail recipe from you Barb!
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36 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Different strokes for different folks right? I have no idea why I dislike it so much but it almost hurts my ‘I love purple and burgundy’ eyeballs! :)

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37 addie | culicurious October 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

wow, this looks delicious, Barb :) I need a Blendtec – I see lots of people using them these days. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for that giveaway!
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38 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I will be sharing the story of how much better it worked too once I read the directions. :)

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39 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} October 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Your photos are too cute! I must admit, I’m not much of a flavored vodka gal either… but I’ve only ever actually tried the pink lemonade one. Maybe I’ll give this one a shot! Great for Halloween and Thanksgiving get togethers for sure!
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40 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Thanks Rachael. This one was perfect for this cocktail but I have no intention of going flavored vodka crazy…I like infusing them a bit too much with my own stuff!

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41 Skye October 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

This looks fantastic! I must make it this weekend, even though the temperature outside has been running in the 80′s-90′s. Maybe it will remind me of cooler weather LOL :) Would Kissed Caramel work as a good base for infusing, to make a “caramel apple” liqueur? Just wondering… :)

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42 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Hard to say Skye…I’m not sure it would be the best fit since it’s already got a flavor…if it were me; I would probably start with a plain vodka and hey…if you perfect a caramel apple liqueur, do let me know!

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43 Holly October 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Aren’t you something with the jack-o-lantern too! For someone who doesn’t love Halloween you sure have done a great job. The reflection of the jack-o-lantern in the glass is fantastic. If my kids could walk all the way to your house I’d stop by on the 31st for a glass of this drink! Some other time for sure.
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44 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Give me a buzz after the babes call it quits and I’ll have one ready for you. I’m not kidding.

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45 Cassie | Bake Your Day October 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Holy cow, I had no idea that they made caramel vodka. This will change my life!
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46 Creative Culinary October 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Probably the only one that appealed to me and I have to say…I sort of like this drink…adding it to the raw cider toned down some of the sweet element and what can I say. It was good!

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47 Suzanne October 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I never knew there is a caramel vodka. Wow, this sounds so good. You are just about the most creative mixologist I have ever known. Incredible.
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48 Paula October 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Good God! This is one delicious looking cocktail. You are brilliant. Oh, your photographs are too. I love how the pumpkin is reflected in the stem of the cocktail glass in both first and second shots but in the last one it’s pretty much dead center, don’t know if you planned it that way but it’s really cool :)
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