These are easier to make than what you might think and are such a charming way to enjoy a drink like apple cider at a party.
To make the apple cups, you'll need apples, a paring knife, and a spoon. If you have a melon baller, it will make the scooping a little easier.
On a cutting board, cut off the top of the apple. Carefully outline where you want the rim of your apple cup to be with a paring knife. 1/4″ wide is a good width.
Carefully scoop out the center of your apple with a spoon and/or a melon baller until you have a smooth cup.
If you need your apple to sit more level, slice off a few millimeters to even out the bottom. Be careful not to cut through into the cup or the cider will leak out.
Now 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.
If you're taking the apples somewhere, refrigerate the empty apples for up to 2 hours before you leave. Take all ingredients with you (drink like apple cider hot in a thermos and garnishes). When you get there a few minutes early, put the cider in the apple cups on trays or cutting board. Fill with cider and garnish with cinnamon sticks, whole cloves or star anise.