Introduction: 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

Step 1: Cut 'em

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

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

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".

Step 4: Scoop 'em

Use the appropriate size measuring spoons to scoop out the flesh. Again, being careful to leave a 1/4" bottom!

Update: I've added an image of a cup cut in half so you can see the bottom and approximately how thick they need to be.
This is for reference only. DO NOT CUT YOUR CUPS IN HALF.

Tip: You can use the scooped out bits in a salad!

Once you've finished scooping out all your cups, place them on the tray that you'll be serving the drinks on.  The cups will not leak, but the cucumbers will be moist on the bottom due to their high water content, so be sure to use a tray that can handle that. 

Nice work! Now they're ready to fill with your favorite cold shots or cocktails!

Step 5: Cocktail Recipes to Go With Cups!

For the Mount Fuki Sake Cups, click here.
For the Applejack recipe, click here.
For the Cucumber Mint Cooler recipe, click here.