Next time you invite your friends over to sit on your porch, stir up a batch of this nicely spiced apple cider. The wonderful aroma will make your guests feel welcome on a chilly day.
Serving apple cider in a carved out apple is a charming way to enjoy your favorite apple cider! Your guests will be impressed and it doesn’t look as difficult as it appears.
A ‘spiked’ version of the traditional hot cider – great for fall or holiday gatherings. This can be made in large quantities and kept warm in an electric coffee server.If you want to spike this recipe, just add 1 ½ cups light rum. Yummy!
8 cups apple cider or juice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Additional cinnamon sticks, optional
For the Apple Cups:
Carve out as many LARGE apples you need for cups per person
In a large saucepan, combine the first 6 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks. Use additional cinnamon sticks for stirrers if desired.
1 cup: 138 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
For the Apple Cups:
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. Use a spoon or a melon baller to carefully begin scooping out the center of your apple until you have a nice “cup”.
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!