There is nothing that tasts better to this mama on a crisp fall morning, than a tall glass of steamy starbucks cider. Maybe a cocoa. We dont get too many mornings that are cool, or even cold. I usually dont have the time to stop by starbucks and spend $3 x 4 cups of anything. As a mom, you know you don't ever stop for just one of anything. It is always one for you and one for each kid as well. It doesn't take a mathematician to figure out that this gets expensive quick.
How do I indulge and stay in budget? DIY of course. Did you know that you can buy the syrup that starbucks uses for any of their drinks? I have had trouble only one time, and that was because I asked a newbie and they were low that day.
Well, I did finally get my syrup. I thoroughly enjoy being able to do this. This large bottle will last about a year in our house.
whipped topping - I prefer the spray stuff, but I had cool whip
First - heat your apple juice
When you apple juice is as hot as you want it, add your syrup. For a regular coffee cup, we use 1-2 pumps.
Starbucks only uses cinnamon/sugar, however I like a little extra spice. After stirring in your syrup, sprinkle a little cinnamon/sugar on top.
Next, add you whip cream. I will warn you that cool whip will taste a little funny at the bottom of the glass, so you should use fresh, or spray cream instead.
That's it. After watching so many times, and paying nearly $20 for all of us to get a cider, I have found that it is much cheaper - and just as easy to do this. I will often leave the whip off and heat this in the microwave while rushing out the door to church :)
Starbucks Apple Cider
Fill your 8oz coffee cup with approx. 6oz apple juice. Heat for about 3 minutes, or until desired temperature. When juice is at an adequate temperature, add one to two pumps of syrup. Stir well. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. Top with reddi-whip. Enjoy.