The smell of brisk cold weather is my favorite scents, if that makes any sense. My favorite time of the day now is to take my dog, Basil, on a quick walk before I go to class. This is Basil’s first autumn and he’s equally if not even more excited than I am. He literally runs out to the door, down the stairs, and leaps into the piles of dried leaves.
The chilly weather has been putting me in the mood for autumn fruits like apples, pumpkins, pears, and figs. The inspiration from today’s post comes from traditional apple cider with A Taste of Koko’s spin on it. The cups are 100% edible! Made out of the same apples that we’ll be brewing our delicious cider with. You can drink and eat your apple cider.
How to Make Apple Cider Cups.
Wash and dry the apples. Make sure to thoroughly dry the apples. You don’t want the apple to slip out of your hand! Using a sharp knife, carefully trace a center around the edge of the apple and use a spoon to scoop out the insides. Don’t throw it away! We’re going to use for the cider.
- 12 apples (Granny smith, gala, Red delicious), insides only
- 1 orange, cut into quarters
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks (more for garnishing)
- 1/2 nutmeg
- 1/2 Tbsp cloves
- 1/2 Tsp whole allspice
- Water, to cover the apples
- Set aside the 'apple cups'. You can sprinkle lemon juice over the apples to prevent browning.
- Bring the apple pulp, water, orange quarters, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves, and whole allspice to a boil.
- Stir occasionally and allow to simmer for 2 hours.
- Using a potato masher or a fork, mash the apples and oranges until soft.
- Allow the cider to come to room temperature before straining.
Apple cider is commonly served warm but I like to enjoy it chilled with a little bit of sparking water!
Try these Apple Cider Cups this holiday, it’s a great entertaining piece and a conversation starter at parties. Pop the apple cups in the oven or fridge to serve warm or chilled. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, which doubles as a stirring stick.