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I’m Kelsey DeLange: wife, mother, encourager, and the artist behind Honey and the Hive. Welcome to By Honey and the Hive, a lifestyle journal dedicated to living intentionally, crafting a beautiful life, and seeking magic in the every day.

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The In-Cider Scoop On My Favorite Fall Drink!

It is truly the most wonderful time of the year.  Here in Michigan the weather is getting a little cooler, the air is a little crisper, and the leaves are starting to change color al around us.  If you haven't heard, I kind of have a thing for this time of year. 

One of my very favorite parts of fall is all the amazing food and drinks that are staples this time of year.  I'm talking pumpkin spice everything, cinnamon donuts, all the pies, yummy roasted squash, and of course my very fall drink, apple cider.

Today I wanted to share my very favorite recipe for Boozy Vegan Salted Caramel Apple Cider. This is the perfect fall drink - it's incredible served hot or cold, made with fully plant-based ingredients, and you'll quickly find yourself sipping these down all fall long.  You can omit the bourbon for a non-boozy version that is just as delicious and kiddo approved!

What You'll Need

For The Cider:1/2 Gallon Apple Cider
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
4 Cinnamon Sticks (plus more for garnish)
3 Cloves
1 C Bourbon (optional)

For The Vegan Caramel Sauce:
1/4 C Maple Syrup
1/4 C Coconut Oil
6 TBSP Almond Butter
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Coarse Ground Sea Salt 

To Make The Caramel Sauce:  In a microwave-friendly glass bowl combine coconut oil and maple syrup and microwave for one minute.  Remove from microwave and add in almond butter, vanilla extract, and coarse sea salt - whisk until very smooth.  (Optional: when you're finished grab an apple slice and dip into this ooey-gooey goodness.  You might get carried away with how good it is and need to make a second batch of caramel for your cider, but that's okay, I'm definitely not judging you.)

To Make The Cider: In a large pot heat apple cider, ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks and cloves to a simmer.  Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes until it starts to steam.  Remove cider from heat and add in the bourbon if making the boozy version of this recipe.  Be sure to remove cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.

To Serve: Holding your glass upside down, dip it into caramel sauce to coat the rim, then pour cider into the garnished glasses.  You can add sliced apples or cinnamon sticks to your glass for a fun festive favorite.  Then throw that baby back and enjoy!  Bonus points if you're wearing your favorite cozy sweater and sitting in front of a fire after a day at the pumpkin patch.

I hope you enjoy this cider recipe, if you make it be sure to snap a photo and tag me on Instagram @honeyandthehive so I can see! 


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