Apple Cider Cups

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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


You will love this Apple Cider Cups recipe! It’s cute, delicious, and nutritious! A fun project to try at home.


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


  1. 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.)
  2. 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!
  3. 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.

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65 comments on “Apple Cider Cups”

  1. These are great! Love that first picture.

  2. 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?

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

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

  5. Yummy! What a clever idea!

  6. 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.

  7. How pretty!! Too pretty to drink!

  8. 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!

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

  10. so cute ! great idea :)

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

  12. Lovely! I like the melon baller idea.

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

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

  15. 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?

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

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

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  18. 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?

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

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

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

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

  23. 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! :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  32. This looks yummy.

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