All of your favorite fall flavors are wrapped up into this Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Copycat Drink. You will be surprised how quickly this drink comes together!

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I’m excited to be sharing this Starbucks Copycat recipe with you today! Caramel Apple Spice Drinks are a fall favorite among many because everyone loves a good piping hot apple drink even if you aren’t a coffee drinker or tea enthusiast.

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Copycat Drink

This recipe comes together quickly and uses a few pantry staples. Enjoy it hot or cold!

In addition to water, you will need:

  • brown sugar
  • apple juice
  • caramel sauce
  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon stick

two hot apple cider drinks shown in clear mugs one topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce

Starbucks Copycat Tips and Tricks

A Starbucks barista shared with me that they use Cinnamon Dolce Flavored Syrup. Before that, they used a cinnamon syrup similar to this Torani Cinnamon Syrup.

My Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Copycat Drink saves you even more money by making homemade simple syrup. This is similar to our fan-favorite Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup however, you will be making the syrup for this recipe per serving.

I also noted years ago that our Starbucks barista used a generic apple juice for this recipe, so any kind will do. You could use apple cider in a pinch, but it may be overly sweet.

hot apple drink in a clear mug with whipped cream and caramel sauce

I’m also sharing this recipe at an online event called An Apple a Day over at Baked by Rachel. That is where you can find our Caramel Apple Spice Drink recipe. Be sure to browse all of her mouth-watering apple recipes.

Starbucks Copycat Drink Recipe- Caramel Apple Spice

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Copycat Drink

Save money and make your favorite Fall coffeshop drink at home! Enjoy this drink served hot with whipped cream and caramel sauce for an extra special treat.

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  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 Tablespoon caramel sauce
  • whipped cream


  • In a small pot, BOIL water, brown sugar, and cinnamon stick.
  • STIR until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • REMOVE from heat and discard cinnamon sticks (optional- save for garnish).
  • POUR in apple juice and caramel sauce and stir to combine.
  • SERVE with whipped cream and extra caramel sauce if desired.


Calories: 287kcal, Carbohydrates: 73g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 60g, Vitamin C: 2mg
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Starbucks Copycat Drink Recipe- Caramel Apple Spice

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