Apple Cider Cups

October 31, 2010 by Ali

Since I’m on such an apple cider kick this fall, thought I would end this week of apple recipes with a fun presentation idea….apple cups!

These are really much simpler than they look, and are such a charming way to enjoy your favorite apple cider! The only requirements are some apples, a paring knife, and a spoon. (Although if you have a melon baller, it’ll make the scooping slightly easier!)

Cute, delicious, and nutritious! Give them a try!! :)

Apple Cider Cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 apple cups


  • large apples
  • lemon juice
  • apple cider, either homemade or store-bought
  • optional: cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice and/or star anise for garnish


On a cutting board or sturdy surface, use a knife to cut off the top of the apple. Then take a paring knife and carefully outline where you'd like the "rim" of your apple cup to be. (My rims were about 1/4" wide.) Use a spoon to carefully begin scooping out the center of your apple until you have a nice "cup". (A melon baller also works well for this.)

Also, if your apple doesn't sit exactly level, take your paring knife and just slice off a few millimeters to even off the bottom to make it even. Just be careful not to let your knife cut through the bottom or sides of the apple when hollowing it out, or the cider will leak out!

Once you have the inside of the apples hollowed out, brush a little lemon juice over the inside of the apples (to prevent browning). Then fill with your favorite apple cider, garnish with cinnamon or spices if you'd like, and serve!

Ali’s Tip:

You could also warm the apple cups in the oven before serving. I just wouldn’t leave them in too long, or they will lose their firmness.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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51 thoughts on “Apple Cider Cups

  1. This looks yummy.

    - Dana

  2. I am loving this idea seriously I can do this tomorrow I looovvvee cider.

    - studentchef3

  3. These are bee-you-tee-ful! Had to share on my holiday cocktail roundup. Thanks for the inspiration!

    - Juli A

  4. I just wanted to let you know I included this in my 2011 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide (101 tutorials/recipes)! :)

    - Dani Marie

  5. This is beyond adorable!! Thank you for sharing. I had to share with my readers today!!

    - Suzanne { SHE PAPERIE }

  6. I love these … I made them today and linked up to this post as my inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

    - Randi

  7. What a lovely idea! I’m totally making this for Thanksgiving and will make an apple crisp from the remaining flesh.

    - monica

  8. What a GREAT idea!!! LOVE the idea of it!!!

    - Yvette

  9. LOVE this! What a great idea!!!

    - Kori

  10. Awesome! (Or, totally rad? Don’t know why I’m channeling my ’80s self.) I love these. And great how-tos. I posted a link on Hope that’s OK! :)

    - meaghan (the decorated cookie)

  11. Oh wow, I’m so impressed with their cuteness!!!!

    - Julia

  12. Wow! Those look great! How creative and yummy!

    - Cathy

  13. What a beautiful, unique presentation. Now I’m wishing I hadn’t used my last apples yesterday. :)

    - Michelle

  14. What a cute idea!!

    - Mireya

  15. How cute are these!!! Yum. Good to see you Sunday!

    - Ellen

  16. this looks good, but the apple cheddar bread wins my vote for best apple recipe of the week. I’ll say it again–what’s better than apple and cheddar?

    - ashley m

  17. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Seriously awesome! Can’t wait to try this one out…. and the apple bread. I love cheesy breads :)


    - christen krumm

  18. Love this! Plus, no mugs to wash afterward. ;)

    - Carolyn Jung

  19. Neat idea!

    - Kat

  20. Great fall idea! A friend of mine was bragging about serving cocktails in apple cups yesterday– she sugared the rim for a little sweet crunch– cinnamon sugar the rim for cider?

    - Kate

  21. Oh I love this. I’m trying this. what a GREAT idea!!!

    - Francesca

  22. This is a positively brilliant idea! Perfect for mulled cider.

    - Granny

  23. Lovely! I like the melon baller idea.

    - Alison

  24. Heh – I don’t think I have the skills to cut out the innards of the apple without destroying the “cup” thoroughly :)

    - Hanne

  25. so cute ! great idea :)

    - lynne

  26. Those are too cute and I can’t wait to try those apple nachos!!

    - Megan custy

  27. I love all the Apple recipes, but I can’t get the Apple Cheddar bread out of my head!! Can’t wait to make it!

    - Bonnie

  28. How pretty!! Too pretty to drink!

    - Amanda

  29. That is so cute! I still can’t picture drinking anything out of an apple but I love the idea. Essentially, this is a must on my list of things to try.

    - Jessica F

  30. Yummy! What a clever idea!

    - Julie

  31. Great series for fall! My personal favorite was the appledoodle, thinking I may make those for my church cookie swap!

    - McKenzie

  32. These turned out so cute! Great pictures too!

    - Katie

  33. Giiirrllll!! You are too creative with the apples! I love your presentation as well. I am stoked to do this for my family over the holidays. :) I assume you ate the apple cups after?

    - Karen G

  34. These are great! Love that first picture.

    - Jeff