Dairy-Free Caramel Apple Cider

September 17, 2021
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
This dreamy dairy-free apple cider drink is the perfect sweet sip for fall.

Dairy-Free Caramel Apple Cider

Treat yourself to this creamy and refreshing Dairy-Free Caramel Apple Cider made with homemade slow-cooker cider, vegan caramel sauce, and delicious toppings.

Caramel Apple Cider Drink topped with coconut whipped cream

Fall means apple season and all the warming drinks. This delicious dairy-free caramel apple cider is a sweetened up homemade version of warm apple cider with buttery vegan caramel sauce and coconut whipped cream. This Dairy-Free Caramel Apple Cider is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly afternoon. It's sweet enough for dessert but also makes a delicious afternoon pick-me-up. Serve it with Chunky Vegan Chocolate Chip + Pretzel Cookies!

This recipe also makes a festive drink for a Halloween party! You can turn it into an adult beverage with bourbon or whiskey.

Caramel Apple Cider Drink topped with coconut whipped cream and caramel

How to Make Caramel Apple Cider

To make this sweet and creamy fall drink, you'll need homemade apple cider, a sweet and smooth vegan caramel sauce, and your faovrite toppings.

If you haven't made apple cider before, now is the perfect time to try it! My Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider recipe cooks low and slow all day long. And the best part is that your entire house will smell like sweet, warming apple pie.

When you're ready to serve, simply stir as much caramel sauce as you'd like into warm apple cider. Add your toppings and enjoy!

Caramel Apple Cider Drink topped with coconut whipped cream and caramel and with a metal straw

Homemade Vegan Caramel Sauce

This creamy and sweet dairy-free caramel sauce is an all-purpose recipe to use on anything from a Caramel Macchiato Chia Pudding with Coconut to No-Churn Caramel Cone Ice Cream. 

Here's what you need to make it:

  • Brown sugar. Use organic sugar to make sure it's vegan.
  • Vegan butter. Any kind will work. I like Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks in particular.
  • Coconut milk. Use full-fat milk for the best flavor and thickest texture.
  • Sea salt. Everyone knows that salted caramel is a favorite flavor.

Dairy-free Caramel Apple Cider Drink in a glass jar with a handle

Toppings for Vegan Caramel Apple Cider

This sweet treat deserves some special toppings to dress it up. Here's how I like to serve mugs of freshly made caramel cider:

  • Coconut whipped cream. You can make your own with full-fat coconut milk or find it at the store
  • Ground cinnamon for extra warming spice
  • More caramel sauce drizzled on top

Caramel Apple Cider Drink in a mason jar with a handle

More Fall Drink Recipes to Try

Line of Caramel Apple Cider Drinks in handled mason jars


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Caramel Apple Cider Drink

Dairy-Free Caramel Apple Cider

September 17, 2021
5 from 1 vote
This warming Dairy-Free Caramel Apple Cider is a warming cinnamon-spiced drink for fall with homemade cider and caramel sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2 servings



  • 4 cups Homemade Apple Cider (See Notes!)


  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsps vegan butter
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • pinch of sea salt


  • Coconut whipped cream
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Caramel sauce



  • Heat the brown sugar in a medium skillet over medium-high heat and stir constantly using a rubber spatula until clumps are formed. Add vegan butter and continue to stir until everything has melted and become a dark 'amber-like' color. Continue to stir consistently until fully melted and bubbly, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Now, slowly whisk in the coconut milk and continue stirring until well incorporated and sauce has fully thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before using. Set aside.


  • To serve, add 4 cups of homemade apple cider evenly into TWO 12 oz. cups or mason jar mugs and ¼ cup of caramel sauce (in each), mixing it together until combined and the drink becomes a much lighter color. Top each drink with Coconut whipped cream, drizzle of caramel sauce, and pinches of cinnamon.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE (APPLE CIDER): Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly covered in your pitcher for up to 5 days. Can be frozen for up to 3 months and thawed in the refrigerator.
  • STORAGE (CARAMEL SAUCE): Leftover caramel sauce can be stored in a tightly sealed mason jar for up to two weeks. When ready to use, simply reheat sauce in the microwave at 15 second intervals until softened and at room temp.


Calories: 1048kcal | Carbohydrates: 163g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 6g | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 755mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 152g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 3mg


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