This apple cider margarita will become your favorite quick and easy fall-inspired cocktail.
It's easy to make, and I promise you that it's too good to pass up! One sip, and you'll be hooked -also wishing that they sold apple cider year round!
The Best Apple Cider Margarita
The secret to this perfect tequila drink is good apple cider. Apple cider gives this margarita drink a delicious base to mix the cocktail, and it already has many of the spices your fall tastebuds crave.
When it comes to tequila, I recommend you use good quality Blanco tequila since it mixes well with practically everything!
Save your Añejo tequila for sipping, this cocktail hides the price difference.
Grab your cocktail shaker and jigger, and let's add let's make this drink, shall we? You will need:
- Apple cider: the base for this cocktail drink. It usually already has the spices you want in it.
- Tequila: use it for your favorite or one of the ones below.
- Triple sec or Cointreau: this orange liquor sweetens the drink and is essential for a well-mixed margarita.
- Lime juice: a little goes a long way
- Maple syrup: to sweeten the drink, also optional.
- Cinnamon sugar: for the rim of the glass.
You'll find a printable recipe card below with the ingredient measurements.
How to make an Apple cider margarita
Once you have your ingredients ready, grab your shaker, your measuring jigger, glass and ice and let's get shakin'! You'll essentially:
- Prep the glass
Wet the rim of your glass with a lime wedge or a little water and dip it in cinnamon sugar or by mixing brown sugar with cinnamon. Then fill your glass with ice.
- Mix the ingredients in the shaker
Fill the saker with ice and add lime juice, tequila, Cointreau, apple cider, and maple syrup if using.
- Skake it up!
Close the shaker and give it a shake to combine the ingredients until the sides of the shaker are fully frosted.
Pour this apple cider cocktail into the prepared glass.
Sip, sip, hurray!
Can I use apple juice instead of cider for this margarita
Yes, using apple juice instead of cider also yields a delicious cocktail. And since apple juice is sweeter than apple cider, you'll have a sweeter cocktail. If you want the exact measurements for this swap, follow my Apple Pie Margarita recipe.
I do recommend using cider since apple cider is the juice of freshly pressed apples. It has a thicker texture and darker color than apple juice and a lot more flavor.
What Tequilas go well with Apple Cider
I recommend using a blanco tequila for this recipe. If you're not sure, below are a few I recommend:
Do I need to use Triple Sec or Cointreau for this Margarita
While you can skip the triple sec or Cointreau, I highly recommend using it for a true margarita. Otherwise, what you're making is apple juice and tequila, which is ok, but it won't have quite the depth.
Related: Triple Sec vs. Cointreau
How to Serve Apple Cider Margaritas
This apple cider margarita is the perfect fall drink to sip on and have all the feels. I prefer to garnish it by sugaring the rim with a mix of cinnamon and brown sugar -or you can buy it pre-made- and a cinnamon stick.
It's the perfect cocktail to cozy up by the fireplace, put on a nice fall sweater, and share with friends.
Apple Cider Margarita
- ½ cup apple cider
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 2 ounces tequila
- ½ ounce Cointreau or triple sec
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice or cinnamon, optional
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup, optional
- Cinnamon Sugar, for the rim
- If making your own cinnamon sugar, combine 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon in a small dish. Spread it over a flat plate. Otherwise, spread some cinnamon sugar on the plate. Wet the rim of your glass with water or a lime wedge and roll it over the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Fill a shaker with ice. Pour apple cider, lime juice, tequila, Cointreau or triple sec, pumpkin spice or cinnamon, and maple syrup if using. Shake well to combine until the shaker is frosted.
- Pour cocktail into prepared glass.