Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Recipe [In Your Slow Cooker!]

One of my favorite things about fall is ducking into a Starbucks on a cool day and warming up with a hot caramel apple spice drink. Yum! But did you know you can easily recreate that drink at home in your slow cooker?! Check out this totally simple copycat Starbucks caramel apple spice recipe!

starbucks caramel apple cider copycat recipe in a white mug

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I really love Starbucks (I don’t think anyone else’s chai lattes are anywhere near as good!), but this homemade slow cooker version of their caramel apple spice recipe is a pretty close copy of the Starbucks original, and definitely just as delicious! Plus it’s way less expensive to make yourself. 🙂

If you’re looking for some other amazingly delicious warm drinks, check out my butterbeer latte recipe and my homemade wassail recipe! They are both family favorites!

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Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Recipe At Home

This recipe makes about twelve cups of cider, but it can easily be doubled if your slow cooker is big enough! Also, this spiced cider reheats really well, so feel free to make a bunch, put the leftovers in the fridge, and heat up individual mugs of it whenever you want!

Caramel Apple Spice Ingredients

  • 12 cup apple cider (or apple juice)
  • ½ cup caramel syrup (the ice cream topping, but not the magic shell kind)
  • 5 or 6 cinnamon sticks (or 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon)
  • 12 whole cloves (1 teaspoon ground cloves)

NOTE: You can use ground cinnamon and ground cloves in this recipe, but it will leave tiny bits of spice floating around in your drink. If you use whole cinnamon sticks and whole cloves you can pull them out at the end for a sediment-free drink!

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How To Make Caramel Apple Spice At Home

The directions are simple: just mix everything up in your slow cooker. Make sure to stir the syrup in well so it doesn’t just sit at the bottom. As you stir, the liquid will become really light-colored and may look a bit cloudy, but it will get darker and clearer as it cooks.

Once everything is mixed together, turn your slow cooker on low. Let it go for at least 4 hours so the spices have time to steep. Once you’re done cooking, carefully remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves.

Then ladle it out and enjoy your homemade caramel apple spice!

starbucks caramel apple cider copycat recipe in a white mug with apples and cinnamon

I’m also excited that pumpkin spice lattes are back in season!!! What are your favorite fall drinks?

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

5 from 1 vote
Make your own copycat Starbuck caramel apple spice drink at home in your slow cooker! This easy recipe only requires a few ingredients, and it reheats well, so feel free to make a ton!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Yield 12 cups
Cost $7


  • 6 quart slow cooker


  • 12 cloves whole
  • 4 or 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup caramel syrup (like the ice cream topping)
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider


  • Add the apple cider, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to your slow cooker.
  • Add the caramel syrup to the slow cooker, and stir until it is completely dissolved. (The liquid may look cloudy, that's ok, it will clear up when it cooks.)
  • Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 4-5 hours.


You can substitute 1 ½ tablespoons of ground cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of ground cloves for the whole spices in this recipe, but it will leave tiny bits of spice floating around in your drink. If you use whole cinnamon sticks and whole cloves you can pull them out at the end for a sediment-free drink!

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  1. Lisa Lee says

    4 years ago

    5 stars
    Yum! We will have to try this for Thanksgiving! Thank you for the recipe!

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    10 years ago

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    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      10 years ago

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  3. Olivia says

    10 years ago

    Yumm…Love this recipe! I make it on stove top, splitting the recipe in half or into a fourth for myself. So delicious!

  4. Valerie says

    11 years ago

    This sounds amazing! I’m planning to make this for my Open House this weekend and am wondering if I could use the caramel coffee flavoring syrup instead (which I happen to have on hand). I think I’ll have to play a little bit, as I would like to offer the original and a grown up, “Captain and caramel apple” version.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      11 years ago

      I think you could definitely use the flavoring syrup instead! Just make sure if you’re doing an alcoholic version that you put the alcohol in after you serve it into a mug, otherwise the alcohol might cook off in the slow cooker. 🙂

      • Valerie says

        11 years ago

        Good point….thanks! That makes it that much easier 🙂

  5. Hayley says

    11 years ago

    This sounds so yummy and simple to make! Pinning this! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Shannah @ Just Us Four says

    11 years ago

    Oh I love doing apple cider in the crock pot for parties! Adding caramel is such a fantastic idea. Thanks for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party this week 🙂

  7. kim says

    11 years ago

    Hi Jess! I can’t wait to try this out – Visiting you from and hopping on over from MadeByYouMonday. If you have a few minutes, I’d love for you to pop over to my blog as well!

  8. AmyLee says

    11 years ago

    Sounds WONDERFUL! Thank You 4 sharing this!

  9. Cherry says

    11 years ago

    Visiting from Inspiration Exchange, and glad I came by! This recipe looks wonderful – I will have to try it out this fall. Thank you!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      11 years ago

      Definitely, it’s really easy to make a lot of this at once!

  10. Ricki @ The Questionable Homesteader says

    11 years ago

    OK I love Apple Cider on a cold day (never tried Starbucks version) and am really looking forward to trying this!
    Stringing Christmas lights while drinking Caramel Apple Spice, decorating for Christmas with it, oh I have a feeling I might just be drinking a lot of this this year.
    Thanks for sharing

  11. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says

    12 years ago

    Ooo – I’ll have to try this sometime!! I LOVE anything caramel and apple. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime.

  12. Tasha Fontenot says

    12 years ago

    I am SO making this!!!! And plan to share it on my blog next week! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Carissa says

    12 years ago

    I love this! thanks for the recipe:)

  14. K Coake says

    12 years ago

    Mmmm…that sounds soooo good!

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