While perusing Pinterest a month or so ago, I came across this pin from The High Heeled Hostess...a redo of Starbucks' Spiced Apple. It tastes like the very best apple pie in a beverage! After the Ghost Walk Saturday evening, we stopped at the local Starbucks...pretty rare, as we usually frequent the local coffee houses rather than the big chain. While in line for a coffee (I had the almost sinful Salted Caramel Mocha), I remembered this apple drink I wanted to try at home. I purchased a bottle of the Starbucks Dolce Sugar-free Cinnamon syrup from the barista...she asked if I had a pump for the bottle, and included one in my bag when I said I didn't have one. Anyway...after sitting in their comfy leather chairs and chatting for a while, one of the employees came around with a tray of sample drinks...it was the Spiced Apple! Delicious--and now I had the original to compare to my soon-to-be whipped up "home edition." I stopped at the grocery on the way home to purchase apple juice, fat-free RediWhip, and fat-free caramel. Decided I needed all fat-free products since I blew it on the Salted Caramel Mocha (!!). Early Sunday afternoon I put the High Heeled Hostess version together:
8 oz. apple juice (warmed in the microwave)
2 pumps of Dolce Cinnamon Syrup
Drizzle of Caramel
Totally delicious, not too bad in the calorie/fat/sugar category, and way less expensive than the Starbucks brew. This is going to be my official beverage for fall...and maybe winter! Go visit the High Heeled Hostess for other amazing recipes.
P.S. I thought cinnamon syrup would taste like liquid Red Hots...and I was so wrong! The Dolce version tastes buttery and rich (and zero calories). Definitely worth a trip to Starbucks.