Boozy Apple Cider in Apple Cups

Warm yourself from the inside out with the flavors of apple cider, cinnamon spice and bourbon, all in an apple cup.


  • 2 large Honeycrisp apples
  • Lemon juice
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 piece anise
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Peel of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 12 cinnamon sticks


  1. Make the cups: Cut the tops off of each apple and hollow out the insides, leaving 1/4-inch border around the edge. Brush each apple with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  2. Make the boozy cider: Pour apple cider into a large stockpot on medium-low heat. Add cloves, cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, lemon peel and maple syrup. Stir to combine, and bring heat up to medium-high until the cider boils. Turn down to a simmer and add bourbon. Pour 3/4 cup of cider into each apple and finish with a cinnamon stick. Serve while warm.
  3. Extra cider will keep refrigerated up to 7 days.