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Simple Apple Cider Margarita

This easy Apple Cider Margarita comes together in minutes and is full of autumn flavor. Made with apple cider and maple syrup – plus a cinnamon sugar rim – this is one of my favorite holiday cocktails!

Two apple cider margaritas on a wood cutting board with apples

Summer is made for Frozen Strawberry Margaritas, but fall is made for Apple Cider Margaritas. This festive cocktail comes together in minutes and is full of autumnal flavors thanks to fresh apple cider, cinnamon, and apple slices. I like to add fresh orange juice and maple syrup, then rim the glass with homemade cinnamon sugar.

This recipe is based on my husband’s legendary mulled apple cider recipe. And yes I do mean legendary! He has been making it every year for as long as I’ve known him (which is a very long time). Every time he makes it for the holidays people can’t help but come back for seconds or thirds. Then the next year they ask if he will make his mulled cider again… meaning they remember that sip a year later!

This apple cider margarita captures the flavor of my husband’s cozy mulled cider and transforms it into a cool and refreshing sip that can be shaken up on a whim as long as you have the ingredients on hand.

Two apple cider margaritas on a wood cutting board with apples

Tips for Success

This margarita is incredibly easy to make, but I did want to share a few quick tips!

  • Garnishes – You can skip the fresh apple slices, cinnamon stick and sage if you prefer. These just add aroma and honestly make your drink extra pretty. I do like munching on the apple slices after they have been soaking in the margarita for a bit though! You can also mix things up by using thinly sliced oranges instead of apples.
  • Kinds of Alcohol – You can use either triple sec or cointreau in this cocktail recipe. What’s the difference? Cointreau is a kind of triple sec. Generic triple sec is an inexpensive orange liqueur while “cointreau” is more expensive and has more orange flavor with a higher alcohol content. If you can, use cointreau.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Rim – The rim of cinnamon sugar takes each sip over the top, both in terms of flavor and just feeling like a festive drink. Don’t skip it! To rim your glass add some cinnamon sugar to a plate, then run one of your orange slices around the edge of your glass. Immediately place the wet rim into your cinnamon sugar and voila, a cinnamom sugar rim for the best holiday cocktail ever!
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Apple Cider Margarita

This easy Apple Cider Margarita comes together in minutes and is full of autumn flavor. Made with apple cider and maple syrup – plus a cinnamon sugar rim – this is one of my favorite holiday cocktails!

  • Author: Rustic Family Recipes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 margarita
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaker
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • Cinnamon sugar
  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz triple sec or cointreau
  • 5 oz apple cider
  • Juice from 1/4 of a large orange
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • Ice
  • Optional: apple slices, cinnamon sticks or sage leaves for garnish

Instructions

Rim your glass. Run the orange slice around the edge of your glass, then invert the top of the glass onto a plate with cinnamon sugar.

Mix your cocktail. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, triple sec or cointreau, apple cider, orange juice and maple syrup. Add ice and shake well.

Pour and garnish. Strain the cocktail into your glass, then garnish with apple slices, cinnamon sticks and a fresh sprig of sage if desired.

Keywords: simple margarita recipe, best margarita, christmas, thanksgiving cocktails, holidays

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