Thanksgiving = food!!!! I seriously have dreams for weeks about the amazing food. All the turkey, the mashed potatoes, the pies, the stuffing, the salads, the buttery rolls, and more and more and more; plus the leftovers for days. I can’t wait for all of it. I can almost taste it all now. But one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is that you get to try new things because everyone gets their certain “assignment”. Like when your “Aunt Betty” shows up with some weird salad and you kinda cringe at the way it looks….but when you are forced to take a bite, it is actually really good. Or when that mystery pie doesn’t have a single bite out of it but then you take a slice and request it for every year thereafter. Coming up with the perfect thing to take to Thanksgiving can be hard….but who thinks to take a drink?! Not just a 2 liter or soda, but an actual drink. Today I’m here to save the day if you get assigned the drink assignment this year!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Caramel Apple Spice
- 2 cup Apple Juice
- 3 teaspoon cinnamon syrup
- cool whip
- melted kraft caramels for topping
- !Cinnamon Syrup
Instructions for Cinnamon Syrup
Bring water and brown sugar to a boil in a small pot. Stir in the cinnamon until well combined.
Reduce heat to medium and continue to boil for 5 minutes until mixture thickens, stirring frequently to avoid burning on the bottom.
Store in air tight container and keep refrigerated.
Instructions for Caramel Apple Spice
Heat 2 cups of apple juice in a small pot until desired temperature.
Place 3 teaspoons of cinnamon syrup into the bottom of a mug.
Pour the heated apple juice over the top and stir slightly.
Top with cool whip and then drizzle the melted caramels over the top. To melt caramels, place in glass bowl/jar and heat in 15-20 second increments on 50% power in the microwave until fully melted.
You can buy the cinnamon syrup in a bottle from Starbucks for about $13, but why buy it when you can make it for super cheap and get a ton of it!
I keep mine in a glass jar in the fridge. Easy way to store it and when you take it to Thanksgiving dinner, you can just pull it out, put a little twine around it and it’s cute and decorative or the holiday. You can also make in bulk and put a huge pot of apple juice on the stove with the syrup, cool whip and caramel along side for everyone to enjoy and make their own drink.
And the best part about this whole thing, is that you can buy enough to make like 15 drinks for the price of what one would cost you at Starbucks. Just head in to Walmart to purchase everything you need for the next bunch of drinks!
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