What a fun way to serve up apple cider–in apple cups! There are various instructions out there for making apple cider–here’s one that is simple to follow from www.gimmesomeoven.com The link for homemade apple cider will take you to a recipe for a modern-day version of apple cider made by cooking down apples and adding spice directly. This stove method differs from true apple cider that is pressed and doesn’t have added sugar. Either way–apple cider makes a delicious fall drink served hot or cold. Whether you buy it or make it yourself, serving it up in homemade apple cups is an especially unique way of serving. Here’s how to make some apple cider cups from www.gimmesomeoven.com:
Apple Cider Cups Recipe
- large apples
- lemon juice
- apple cider, either homemade or storebought
- 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!
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.
Certainly adds some elegance to serving apple cider!