Impress your guests with a delicious Apple Cider Margarita! This tangy tequila cocktail is a fall favorite, with an easy cinnamon-sugar rim.
Margaritas generally feel like a summer drink, but try making these margaritas with fresh apple cider and cinnamon! Now you have a warmly spiced autumn cocktail, perfect for cozy get-togethers or holiday parties.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe For Cider Margaritas
- Apples and Cinnamon – This tasty beverage is like a slice of apple pie in a glass, but with the citrusy tang of a classic margarita in the background.
- Sugared Rim – You can skip this step if you must, but I highly suggest that you take a second to add a sweet and spicy rim to your glasses.
- Step by Step Instructions – If you aren’t already an expert mixologist, I think you’ll appreciate the step-by-step instructions here, as well as photos to show you exactly how to make this fancy-looking (but actually very easy) margarita.
Ingredients In Apple Cider Margaritas
Complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.
- Apple Cider – Any type of apple cider will do. Look for cider in the produce section near the apples.
- Tequila – Use your favorite tequila for margaritas! I’m using a simple tequila blanco, but you can also try flavored tequila in this recipe.
- Orange Juice – Squeeze your own, or use a high-quality store-bought orange juice.
- Lime Juice – Sweetened lime juice is preferred, but fresh lime juice can also be used to make homemade margaritas.
- Fruit to Garnish – Thin slices of lime or apples will make a beautiful garnish. Cut a small slit on one side so that it can sit on the rim.
- Cinnamon and Sugar – These will make the tastiest sugar rim for our apple cider drinks!
- You also need ice cubes, a cocktail shaker, and margarita glasses.
How To Make Margaritas with Apple Cider
- Add a cup of Ice to the Shaker.
- Next, add the other ingredients: Cider, tequila, orange juice, and lime juice.
- Wet the Glass Rims: Use your finger to coat the rims of your glasses with sweetened lime juice. There should be enough left in your measuring glass for this, but if not, you can pour out a bit more.
- Sugar the Rims: Mix granulated sugar and ground cinnamon together on a plate. Dip each glass into the sugar to coat.
- Shake and Serve: Secure the lid on your cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Remove the lid, and strain the drink into your prepared glasses. Garnish with fresh lime or apple slices.
It’s best to use large ice cubes in your cocktail shaker. Small pieces of ice will melt more quickly and water down your drink!
- Use a measuring glass, or a tool made for cocktails called a jigger, to be sure that your tequila and juices are measured correctly and at the correct ratio.
- If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a large mason jar with a lid to make this drink. In a pinch, a protein drink shaker cup works well too!
- Instead of plain tequila, try a flavored one such as lime, apple, or cinnamon.
- You can use fresh lime juice in place of the sweetened lime syrup if you prefer, although the margaritas will be a bit less sweet this way.
- For extra icy apple cider margaritas, chill the glasses.
- You can also serve this cocktail on the rocks (over ice) in tall glasses if you prefer.
Fall Cocktail Party Snacks
Looking for a few easy appetizers to enjoy with your homemade apple cider margaritas? Your friends will love these:
- Totchos – Everything you love about ground beef nachos, but with tater tots!
- Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball – This is the easiest make-ahead appetizer, just put it out with some crackers and everyone’s happy.
- Honey Mustard Pretzels – the flavor of this snacky treat goes beautifully with apple cider and tequila.
- For dessert, try my easy Pear Crisp recipe!
You’ll want to divide the ingredients by 3. So, add 2 ounces of tequila, ⅔ cup apple cider, and ⅔ ounces of both orange and lime juice to the shaker to make just one apple cider margarita.
This comes down to your personal preference! Any brand of tequila will work. I like the citrusy notes of tequila blanco, aka silver tequila in this recipe, but you could also use a slightly aged tequila reposado if you like.
The rich sweetness of apple cider can be enjoyed in many different cocktails, and with all types of spirits. Try mixing cider with dark spirits like rum, whisky, or bourbon. Add a cherry garnish for an easy highball.
These tasty Apple Cider Margaritas are the perfect fall drink! Serve them at Thanksgiving, Halloween parties, or simply enjoy them on a cozy autumn evening at home. Pin the recipe so you don’t forget it!
- 1 cup ice cubes plus more ice for serving
- 2 cups apple cider
- 6 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces orange juice
- 2 ounces sweetened lime juice
- fresh lime or apple slices to garnish
For rimming the glasses:
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ¼ tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Add 1 cup of ice cubes to a large cocktail shaker.
- Add apple cider, tequila, orange juice, and lime juice.
- Place the top on the shaker, and hold it on tightly. Shake vigorously for a count of 10.
- Before pouring the margaritas, add a cinnamon sugar rim to the glasses! Mix the sugar and cinnamon together on a small plate. Use your finger to wet the rims of 3 margarita glasses with sweetened lime juice, then dip the glasses into the cinnamon sugar to coat.
- Remove the top from the shaker, and pour the margaritas into 3 glasses. Add ice if desired, and garnish with fresh fruit.
- Sweetened lime juice can be found at liquor stores or in the “mixers” section of the grocery store.
- Use large ice cubes in your shaker so that the margarita doesn’t get watered down.
- Feel free to serve your margaritas in tall glasses with ice rather than footed margarita glasses if you prefer.
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