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Edible Cucumber Cups for Cocktails

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I've been wanting to try this edible cucumber cup project for a long time.  Super easy to make as it turns out, these are a great way to delight guests at your next party or event. 

What you'll need:

2-3 English cucumbers
chopping knife
small circle cookie cutters
small pumpkin carving knife or thin paring knife
1/4 tsp & 1/2 tsp (scoop style) measuring spoons


 
 
 
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Step 1: Cut 'em

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I wanted to use the whole cucumber and ended up with three shapes/sizes to work with. 

1. Wash your cucumbers.
2. Cut them into sections according to the diagram. *IMPORTANT: try and cut at a 90 degree angle to the edge, so the cups will sit flat on (AKA perpendicular to) the table.

You should end up with approximately two of each style cup per cuke.



Step 2: Score 'em

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Use small circle cookie cutters to put centered circle impressions on the what will be the tops of your sections.  You'll use these as guides when you cut out the cup cavities. Try to pick a cutter size that leaves at least 1/8" to 3/16" cucumber 'flesh' around the edge for a substantial enough wall thickness.

Step 3: Cut 'em

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Use your tiny pumpkin carving knife or paring knife to cut into the cucumber segments following the circle guides, being careful not to go all the way through! Try to leave a bottom (floor) of at least 1/4".
isaakol9 months ago
i will try this as soon as i got a potato in hand haha

it was an idea for st-patrick day
Those are great! I love that you even separate the cucumber into types of cups :)
I would like to try these to hold small candles (votive) and punch out designs on the sides or just holes to let the light shine thru...potatoe idea sounds interesting too, maybe sweet potatoes since they are usually quite large.
Paige Russell (author)  blackweb9 months ago
That's a great idea blackweb! If you try it, send me a link!
Thanks for the info!
Paige Russell (author)  Firephoenix1239 months ago
My pleasure!
realife119 months ago
These are much better than those shot glasses made out of ice (that you can get molds for). They melt too fast when the alcohol is in it. This is a MUCH better idea, and would probably make the drink taste good too.
Paige Russell (author)  realife119 months ago
Thanks realife11! They do in fact make the drink taste reeeally good. : )
psycophonic9 months ago
Wicked idea. Got to try this to spice up getting wandered at crimbo. 1 alteration might be pushing the cake cutter things further in to define the sides then just scoop out til you get to bottom. I reckon these would be cool as a cucumber (sorry... someone had to say it) when frozen.
Paige Russell (author)  psycophonic9 months ago
I went back and tried your suggestion with the cutter phsycophonic (cause it was a good one), but the thickness of my plastic cutter split the cucumber side. If you're going to try that, I'd suggest using only the thin metal cutters.
Wounder... by the time I sent msg I forgot you were using the placy type. I meant the (heavy)metal type. Hope it works well for you next time.
ebala9 months ago
great idea. any recommendations on particular shots or cocktails to drink with it? i imagine there's some flavour infusion
Paige Russell (author)  ebala9 months ago
I just posted one to try:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cucumber-Mint-Cooler-in-Edible-Cucumber-Cup/

I'll be posting two more over the next week or so. And yes, there is a lovely amount of infusion. Let me know what you think if you give it a go!
vincent75209 months ago
Vodka (good stuff, not the Smirnoff meths …) and pumpernickle bread !… Wow !…
Paige Russell (author)  vincent75209 months ago
Thanks vincent7520!
If you have a clean drill bit this gets even faster. I prefer a stainless steel spade bit because it is dishwasher safe.
Paige Russell (author)  Mugsy Knuckles9 months ago
Great idea! For those handy with the power drill, give this a try!
1Dgirl9 months ago
will they not just leak?
Paige Russell (author)  1Dgirl9 months ago
Hi 1Dgirl - No they won't, really! Cucumbers have a super high water content, which means that there's no space between those water molecules for the drinks to sneak by (aka leak out). Because of this high moisture content, the bottoms of the cups won't be dry, so just make sure you use a tray that can handle a bit of cucumber juice!
Todd Gehris9 months ago
That is a cool idea. What type os shot tastes good with the cucumber?
Paige Russell (author)  Todd Gehris9 months ago
Hi TheRealPeregrinus - I just posted one to try:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cucumber-Mint-Cooler-in-Edible-Cucumber-Cup/

I'll be posting two more over the next week or so. Let me know if you try it!
If you're one of those people who does shots of pickle juice, this would be a good cup.
Why would someone do a shot of pickle juice? I do apple cider vinegar sometimes but never heard of drinking pickle juice.
I think a bacon loaded spicy bloody mary shot would be good. Or if you ever read Russian literature, they are always drinking vodka with cucumber and anchovies.
Both sound interesting, although I don't know about the bacon in a bloody Mary. Guess I'll have to try that some day.
sabu.dawdy9 months ago
wowwww cool
Paige Russell (author)  sabu.dawdy9 months ago
Thanks sabu.dawdy!
They don't leak?
Paige Russell (author)  Firephoenix1239 months ago
Hi Firephoenix123 - As Justin Mai points out in his comment below, cucumbers have a super high water content, which means that there's no space between those water molecules for the drinks to sneak by (aka leak out). The cucumbers own moisture content means that the bottoms of the cups won't be dry, so just make sure you use a tray that can handle that!
Aren't cucumbers mostly water on the inside? ;)
isaakol9 months ago
can you make these with potatoes?
Paige Russell (author)  isaakol9 months ago
Hi isaakol,

Hmm, I've never tried it, but because they also have a high water content, they wouldn't leak and should work. Try it and let me know how it goes!!

best,
Paige