Apple Pie Margarita combines two fall favorites: apple and pumpkin spice! Combined with a classic margarita base and now you have an irresistible fall cocktail!
What is an Apple Pie Margarita?
Apple pie margarita is a scrumptious fall-inspired cocktail combining the warm flavors of traditional apple pie in drink form. This margarita includes pumpkin spice, apple juice, and maple syrup in addition to the classic margarita ingredients to mimic the taste and aroma of the classic apple pie!
Made with just 6 key ingredients, you can have this cocktail ready to serve in a matter of minutes. Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar and garnish this apple pie margarita with a stick of cinnamon and a cocktail skewer with thin apple slices.
What is the Difference Between Apple Juice and Apple Cider?
Apple cider is what you get from pressing apples into juice without filtering anything out; it's apple juice in its purest form. On the other hand, apple juice takes the pressed apples and processes them with heat to filter out pulp and create a sweeter and golden-colored juice. For this cocktail, you can use apple juice or apple cider.
Combine two of the ultimate flavors of fall with apple and spices. This cocktail is made with classic margarita ingredients, and instead of salt, I recommend rimming the glass with cinnamon sugar. Check that you have:
- Blanco or Silver Tequila: use your favorite brand.
- Apple juice: freshly juiced or bottled.
- Lime juice: freshly squeezed is best.
- Cointreau or Triple Sec: these orange-flavored liquors will sweeten and balance this cocktail. Learn the differences between the two here.
- Pumpkin spice: or cinnamon.
- Maple syrup: to sweeten a little and adds more classic fall flavor. You can use simple syrup or skip it for lower surgar.
- Ice: chill, chill, chill.
- Cinnamon sugar: optional for rimming.
You'll find the measurements for this cocktail in the recipe card below.
How to Make an Apple Pie Margarita
Whether you use a cocktail shaker or a glass jar with a lid, if you can mix, shake, and pour, you can make this apple pie margarita. Follow these easy steps to ensure success:
- Make the Cinnamon Sugar
Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small dish. Spread it over a flat plate.
- Prep the Glass (Optional)
If you love a rimmed glass, rub a lime wedge or water along the rim and dip it into the plate of cinnamon sugar. Set it aside to dry.
- Fill & Shake
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, apple juice, lime juice, tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, pumpkin spice or cinnamon, and maple syrup. Secure the top and shake well until the sides are frosted.
Fill the rimmed glass with ice and pour the apple pie margarita mixture through a strainer to hold the ice back in the shaker. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and skewered apple slices.
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:
Can This Apple Pie Margarita Be Made With Apple Cider?
Absolutely! Apple cider has a thicker consistency and is a little more tart than apple juice, which will make this margarita a little less sweet and still incredibly delicious. In fact, I have an Apple Cider Margarita recipe you can follow if this is your first time trying it. And if it's too tart, add a little more maple syrup or simple syrup to the shaker.
How to Serve an Apple Pie Margarita
Rim the glass with water or a wedge of lime and once wet, dip it in cinnamon sugar. You could also add a cinnamon stick and a few apple slices to showcase those traditional elements of traditional apple pie.
Apple Pie Margarita
- 3 ounces apple juice
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 2 ounces tequila
- ½ ounce Cointreau or triple sec
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice or cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or simple syrup, optional
- Cinnamon Sugar, for the rim
- To make cinnamon sugar, combine 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon in a small dish. Spread it over a flat plate.
- 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.
- You can use apple juice or apple cider for this cocktail. If using apple cider, try it after mixing and adjust the sweetener if it's too tart.
- Swap pumpkin spice for cinnamon, same amounts.
- Make your own cinnamon sugar with a 4:1 sugar-to-cinnamon ratio.