September through November, apple cider is the drink of choice around here! And ice cream is always a dessert of choice, year round! So we thought we’d combine some of our favorites for this cool, fall treat. And with this amazing fall weather we’ve been having, it’s the perfect time to indulge! I honestly wasn’t too sure I’d love this combination, but my boys were pretty excited about trying it out. Turns out, it’s pretty delicious and addicting. And you can’t beat an easy-to-make, quick dessert!Apple Cider Floats
vanilla ice cream
sparkling apple cider or club soda
salted caramel sauce (recipe below)
Drizzle glass with salted caramel sauce. Add 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream. Fill glass 2/3 full with apple cider. Top off with sparkling apple cider or club soda. Drizzle with more salted caramel sauce and garnish with cinnamon stick.
Salted Caramel Sauce
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons salted butter, cubed & at room temperature
pinch or two of sea salt flakes
2/3 cups heavy cream, at room temperature
Melt the sugar over medium heat in a large sauce pan. Whisk the sugar as it melts and cook until it becomes a deep amber color. Add the butter and sea salt flakes and stir it in until melted. Pour in the heavy cream (mixture will foam) and whisk until you get a smooth sauce. You may have some lumps but keep stirring until they have melted. Remove from heat and let cool. (If you still have some lumps in the caramel after it has cooled – strain it through a fine mesh strainer).
Store in the refrigerator. To use, heat in the microwave until it reaches desired consistency.
Craving more? Here’s a couple more fall-inspired ice cream desserts: Pumpkin Ice Cream with Gingersnap Bowls and Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Sandwiches.