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Fall Apple Cider Cups!

Inspired by a chance Google search today, these DIY apple cups are the perfect addition to your fall tablescape–even better when paired with Greendance Apple Jack Cider! Our Apple Jack is made from fresh pressed autumn apple cider, our dry red Merlot wine, and mulling spices!


  • Large apples
  • Lemon juice
  • Greendance Apple Jack Cider – Sand Hill Berries Raspberry Cider – Or our plain Cider
  • Cinnamon sticks and star anise as garnish

Apple Prep:

On a cutting board, use a small paring knife to cut off the top of the apple (set aside for later to use as a lid or have yourself a quick snack).  Then take the knife and carefully outline where you’d like the rim of your apple cup to be. Your rim should be at least 1/4″ wide to give the apple cup enough strength. Use a spoon or small fruit scoop to carefully begin removing the center of your apple until you have a nice hollow cup. After scooping, take a narrow pastry brush and cover the inside flesh of the apple with lemon juice to help keep its color until serving. Fill with warm Apple Jack Cider, garnish with a cinnamon stick and star anise and enjoy!

Easy Tips!

Make sure your apples sit level, if not cut some thin slices off the bottom. Be careful when hollowing out the center to not make the walls too thin or punch through the bottom and sides.




A Salmon Faverolle hen at Collingwood Children...

A Salmon Faverolle hen at Collingwood Children’s Farm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are not talking about the fruit today; Rhubarb is the newest addition to the winery atmosphere here. He is a majestic Salmon Faverolle rooster who has as new home at Greendance and a flock of new Guinea friends. Rhubarb’s previous residence was a tree-lined street in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Sewickley—where his owners had to give him up after more than a few complaints. He was a bit shy upon arrival, but quickly warmed up and his crowing continues to fill the air. Rhubarb provided some entertainment for the gathering groomsmen—luckily, the rest of the wedding today did not mind his calls.

Salmon Faverolle roosters are large and magnificent, parading around with a virtual rainbow of colors—iridescent black, burnished with bronze on their backs and wings, while their hackles and saddles are the color of pale straw. These roosters are particularly calm and dignified, and make great roosters for the home flock since they are not as aggressive as some other breeds. Hens are more subdued in their colors with snowy breasts and fluffy white faces, their backs are a lovely honeyed salmon color with white lacing.

With our new rooster, it seems a fitting time to crow that Rhubarb Wine will be returning! After a long hiatus, the delicate rhubarb flavor of this great wine is currently in production with a bottling date set for the end of June.