Spiked Apple Cider in Apple Cups

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Carved apples filled with a mixture of homemade apple cider and rum.

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Aren’t these cups the neatest things ever? I love them! I wish I was the genius creator, but I’m not. I’m not that crafty. Wish I was.

But I am the person that lets all the cars cut-in right in front of them. And the person that allows everyone to cut-in even at the grocery store. That’s me. I’m that person!

To pay for my groceries I end up waiting in-line for over 15 minutes because if I see someone with less items, I let them go ahead of me. During that wait I end up adding to my bill because I can’t stop grabbing magazines, mini-sized flashlights, and all other useless, or useful, items that they have near the cash register.

But sometimes those items can result in something interesting, or delicious… That’s the story with these apples.

As I was going through the magazine rack, I picked up one with a title, “Halloween Food, Fun, & Crafts”. Can’t go wrong with a title like that. As soon as I got to page 8, I was in the kitchen cutting up apple tops and pouring shots of rum.

If you have a chance to make these, and I really think you should because they are totally fun, you can leave out the rum for those underagers. 🙂 

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Spiked Apple Cider in Apple Cups

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Carved apples filled with a mixture of homemade apple cider and rum.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Cups
Calories: 222


  • 6 apples for the apple cups
  • 3 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • cinnamon sticks


  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Cut off the tops of the apples and scoop out the inside, half-way, with an ice cream scooper. Keep the apple scraps for muffins.
  • Place the apples on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely.
  • While the apples are cooling, make the cider by combining the apple juice, orange juice, caramel topping, cinnamon, and allspice in a large saucepan.
  • Put the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the rum, and pour into the apple cups.
  • Garnish with cinnamon sticks.
  • Serve.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 6 
Nutrition Facts
Spiked Apple Cider in Apple Cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 222
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 411mg12%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 190IU4%
Vitamin C 30.2mg37%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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65 Responses
  1. foodies at home

    You can still take credit for making these beauties! AND…letting people merge and go ahead in line is something you don’t find very often 😉

  2. Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot)

    Crafty or not these are awesome Kate! I think both kids and grown ups would find them entertaining to say the least. Oh, and I’m so the girl that grabs those last minute magazines cause she let someone go ahead of her with less items. It’s just the nice thing to do ;-). This recipe = awesomeness!

  3. Charlie

    I buy powdered (non alcoholic) apple cider and love it. I should definitely try making my own!
    Love the apple cups!

  4. Britne @ Shabbott's Habits

    Kate I just love these apple cups. What a great idea. I bet you could use these to serve fruit dip as well. Thanks for sharing!

  5. visda

    wow! the best looking Apple Cider I have ever seen. I’m sure it just tastes as fantastic as it looks. Enjoy it and thanks for sharing.

  6. Sonia

    This is looking a lovely combo… ! I Love the spiked apple cups, looking wow, the photo plus recipe…. ! I can imagine how gud the cup is to satiate ur thirst. Congrats on top 9. Cheers, Sonia

  7. Sharyn Dimmick

    I have never seen anything like this before — pretty good eco-food: you drink the cider and then eat the cup.

  8. Erica

    Holyyy Deliciousness. I will be making these as soon as I get this 8-day work streak out of the way. Amazing! 🙂

  9. Lora @cakeduchess

    These apple cups are gorgeous! Love the cider recipe and would love to have a cup today and pretend it’s actually crisp and cool outside;) Congrats on Top 9:)

  10. Sandra

    Too cute Kate, this is a great idea! I seen that magazine today while I was standing in line but didn’t flip through it. Then I saw your recipe over at Tasty Kitchen. Fate maybe?

  11. Aroma y Cocina

    Really wonderful! It’s a pity to eat them!
    Love your blog and post. Good luck for your award!
    Aroma y cocina
    El blog de Begoña

  12. Roxana GreenGirl

    I’m a little clumsy when it comes to crafts but I love your apple cups and can’t wait to do some carvings!

  13. kita

    You may not have created the idea – but these are super cute and you are who introduced them to me! Who would not want to drink out of a cute little apple cup – especially one filled with spiked cider?

  14. Elyse@ The Cultural Dish

    Omg I love these cups!! Such a cute and amazing idea! I love the candy corn in your pictures too… I’m slightly addicted to candy corn! 🙂

  15. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    W-O-W!!!! These apple cups are so creative. Very nice apple cider and perfect for holiday season!

  16. janet@fromcupcakestocaviar

    So cool! These will be great on Thanksgiving to serve my family.

    Also, I feel you on the bought unneeded extras. I do the same thing for the same reason lol.

  17. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

    Oh my goodness this apple cider looks sooo good and how cute are those apple cups?! I wish I had one of these right now. 🙂 YUM!

  18. Elies_Lie

    This looks great kate!
    sometimes I have and think of something when we’re in a cashier line up and end up doing everything in the kitchen, brilliant idea with the apple and the juice 🙂
    tq for sharing the recipe kate… buzzed!;)

  19. Anne@frommysweetheart

    Kate…even if you did not think this up….they are BRILLIANTLY executed! How fun and festive. And a great fall/winter drink. And your photography is stunning as usual!

  20. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    These are totally cute! Doesn’t it suck to be the nice person all the time! I can really relate 🙂 This is such a great thing for a Halloween Party!

  21. Audra@The-Baker-Chick

    This is a great recipe Kate! Even if you didn’t come up with it Thanks so much for sharing- love it!

  22. Kimberly (unrivaledkitch)

    Such a cute story! I’m exactly the same way at the market, I hate when I have 3. 2 million things in my cart and someone has 4 things after me. It makes me anxious.

    I love these apple cups so tasty and inviting. Beautifully done and I have a huge bottle of rum I’ll be using over the holidays maybe apple spiked cider eggnog. oh the possibilities.

    I hope you have a great week 🙂

  23. Carolyn

    Whether or not you are the originator of this idea, these are wicked cool! Love them, what a great way to serve apple cider.

  24. Kelly

    What a brilliant idea, these look amazing! I love your presentation and this would be so cute for a Fall party! 🙂

  25. Claudie

    That’s a really genius idea! 🙂 So festive!
    As for the letting people with fewer items in front of you — I was taught that was the polite way to do, so you are not the only one 😉

  26. Cristina

    I luv what you’ve done here with the apples and carving them out into little usable, edible dishes. How ingenious! I’m on the lookout for that magazine of ideas. Thanks for sharing…these apple cups just make me smile. 🙂

  27. Steph@stephsbitebybite

    These are adorable!!! Can’t believe it’s already cider season, but this is the best way to kick it off!

  28. Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan

    Just when you think something can’t get any more perfect, you go and put rum in it. Well done.

  29. Tina@flourtrader

    This time your courtesy of letting someone ahead of you did pay off-these are an awesome way to serve cider. I will keep this for the holidays. Thanks for the share on the food craft!

  30. Becky

    I love these apple cups, so cute, especially when they are filled with rum;)
    These are perfect for a small Fall gathering. I always look at the food recipes, standing in line.

  31. Gursahiba

    This looks really nice…yum!! Whenever I open a magazine too, the first page I actually turn over to the food recipes..I guess its Food Addiction for us!!

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