Apple Cider Margaritas

Fall in New England generally means, leaf peeping, apple picking and pumpkin spice everything. Me? I’m not ready to let go of my summer margarita drinking ways so what better than an apple cider margarita?

I mixed up a batch of these while hosting some of Rowan’s school friends (and their tired and cocktail needing mothers) at my home for a little halloween-themed party. It was just what us parents needed to have a little time to unwind and chat while the kids ripped my house apart jacked up on sugar.

I was out of any kind of orange liquor (Cointreau or Triple sec) but I had a bottle of Seedlip Grove 42 on hand and it added a really nice extra flavor profile! I definitely recommend having at least 1 alcoholic spirit on your bar. You never know who is coming over!

I’m thinking these are going to be a fun pre-thanksgiving cocktail. I love incorporating new drinks and food items to a traditional meal. I garnished it with a thin apple slice, cinnamon sugar rim, star anise and a little rosemary from my garden for color! You could also have fun with some cinnamon sticks. Or do half mezcal half tequila with a smokey cinnamon stick for a smokier profile.


Apple Cider Margaritas

  • 1 ½ ounces your favorite tequila (blanco or reposado preferably, my home bar currently has this)
  • 2 ounces apple cider (try to support local!)
  • ¾ ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • Cinnamon and sugar*, for the rim
  • Ice, for serving
  • Star anise, apple slice, rosemary, for garnish (optional -mix and match!)

Start by rimming* your glass with cinnamon sugar. Then fill your glass and shaker with ice. Pour your tequila, apple cider, orange liquor and lime juice into the shaker and shake until cold. Pour over ice in your sugar rimmed glass. Garnish and server.

*To rim your cocktail with a cinnamon sugar rim. First get a small plate and mix equal parts cinnamon and sugar. Then with either a lime wedge or apple slice, cut a notch in it and rub if all around the rim of your glass. Turn glass over into the plate with the sugar mixture and press the sticky parts of the rim into the sugar.

Got a crowd coming?

  • 1 ½ cups tequila
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • ¾ cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • ¾ cup lime juice

Pour all your ingredients into a pitcher or I like these sealed jars. Easier to save for later!

Pro tip: it is important when batching cocktails that you still either pour them over ice and shake them in a shaker before serving or add water to your container to pour over ice. Make these in a pitcher by adding a few ice cubes. The dilution that would occur in a shaker if you were making a single serve cocktail is an important part of the process!

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