Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

This is a post I originally published in 2016. I am re-posting with a homemade syrup recipe option if you don’t wish to purchase the Starbucks syrup!

One of my very favorite fall drinks at Starbucks is the Caramel Apple Spice. I’m not a huge Pumpkin Spice Latte fan – but a Caramel Apple Spice? Yes please. Something about this amazing blend of warm apple juice, caramel, and spicy goodness is heaven in a cup.

img_6759Here’s what you will need:

I purchased my Cinnamon Dolce Syrup at Starbucks for $13. You can walk into any store and they will sell you syrup if they have it on hand (they keep it in the back and not on the shelves). Here it is on Amazon but this is a liter and it costs $31. Unless you just love Cinnamon Dolce Syrup and will use up that giant bottle, I recommend buying in store. If you don’t have a Starbucks nearby, you can try Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup, which is cheaper and is also available on Amazon. I’ve seen Torani at my local grocery store.


Another option is to make your own homemade syrup!

Homemade Cinnamon Dolce Syrup


  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar


  1. Add water and brown sugar to saucepan.
  2. Break up the cinnamon sticks into small pieces.
  3. Bring to a rapid boil, stirring constantly.
  4. Reduce heat to simmer. Continue to stir until water is no longer boiling.
  5. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until water has thickened into a syrup consistency.
  6. Store in a mason jar or other airtight container in the fridge.

So, what do you do with whatever syrup you use decide to use?


  1. Pour entire jug of apple juice or cider into the crockpot.
  2. Add 1 cup of Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce syrup.
  3. Cook on low for several hours.
  4. When you are ready to serve, pour in glass and top with whipped cream and caramel sauce!

Now you can certainly make this easier and heat mug by mug in the microwave. I recommend 2-3 tablespoons of syrup per large mug.

This really couldn’t be easier and it would be PERFECT for a fall gathering or party.

Let me know what you think if you make it!