It’s an iconic adult treat as tree leaves turn + apples are picked fresh from local orchards.
Spiced with fall flavors like cloves and cinnamon, spiked with rum (or bourbon if you prefer)—and served in hollowed apples, it’s a festive beverage + conversation piece.
Omit the rum (or bourbon) and it’s a fun option for the kiddos, too.
- 8 cups apple cider
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 cup rum, any kind
- For garnish: star anise, cinnamon stick
- Add spices to the bottom of pot. Toast over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.
- Turn heat to low. Pour in apple cider and brown sugar. Once sugar is dissolved, lower heat to less than a simmer, just barely bubbling. Allow to warm for 30 minutes.
- Next, strain the cider to remove spices and particulates that arose while heated. Use a fine mesh sieve or strainer.
- Pour rum into the cider. Ladle into individual hollowed apples.
- Garnish with star anise and cinnamon stick, if desired.
- Say a cheers to your InSuesShoes friends, then enjoy!
Tips for Making Apple Cups
- Choose large apples
- Cut off top of apples
- Use paring knife to outline the top of your ‘cup,’ leaving a ¼-inch rim around the top
- Using a spoon or melon baller, scoop out inside of apple. Be careful to not poke through the sides or bottom of apple (or your delish bev will leak!)
- Once hollowed, brush some lemon juice on the inside of your ‘cups’ to prevent browning