This is the best Apple cider margarita and it will be a favorite during the Fall season and even the holidays! With Fresh Apple Cider, Cointreau and Añejo Tequila is the prefect fall cocktail.
How do you like them Apples?
Me personally? In a cocktail.
Autumn and Apples go together like PB & J.
While everybody is busy baking pies – don’t misinterpret I DO love Apple pie, but I spent October trying cocktails recipes.
So after trying different spirits, I wasn’t sold on any of the final cocktails – but I drank them all.
All in the name of research.
I supposed I was trying to reinvent the wheel, when I know the best recipes sometimes are the ones with minimal ingredients. Apples are the star in this cocktail.
I moved a year ago to Washington state, who produces 42% of the apples grown in the Unites States.
In 1989, Washington State appointed the apple as the official state fruit.
Many varieties of apple are grown in Washington state including Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Jonagold, Pink Lady, and Cameo.
Check out this Easy Apple Cider Spiced Cake, get the recipe here.
Making the best Apple Cider Margarita
So like with every good margarita, you will need quality and freshest ingredients.
As I mentioned before, it took me a few tries to find the best combination for this cocktail.
The semi sweetness of the apple cider, the citrus of the Cointreau and the warmth of the Añejo Tequila gives you all the fall feels.
Lets get to it:
What you need for the Apple Cider Margarita:
(The recipes card is below!)
Apple cider – I found that using fresh cider worked great and the end result was fantastic.
Tequila or Mezcal – I used both and while Mezcal is always my favorite, it overpowered the flavor of the cocktail. So I used Hornitos Tequila Añejo, it gave the perfect warmth to the final cocktail.
Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec – In any other cocktails I’d use triple sec but for this recipe I used Cointreau and it paired perfect with the tequila and apple cider.
Apple Slices soaked in Cointreau. This is one of the best things you can do for your cocktails. Not only prevents the apple from turning brown but apples infused in liqueur, what is not to love?
Brown sugar & Cinnamon – Most people use white sugar and cinnamon for the rim but I love when the sugar melts and it creates this caramel flavor with the cinnamon. You can always use what you like for the rim. But this gives the cocktail the umpff it needs!
In one shallow plate combined Brown Sugar + Cinnamon
Use the other plate to pour the honey in a circle ( just like you would with lemon)
Prepare the rim with the honey then with the sugar + cinnamon mix.Set Aside.
In the cocktails shaker add:Ice + Apple Cider + Tequila + Cointreau.Shake vigorously.
Pour into prepared glasses and garnish with sliced apples.
Cheers! Fall in a Glass.
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The Best Apple Cider Margarita
- Cocktail Shaker
- Cutting Board + Knife
- 1 Shallow Plate
- 1 Short Glass
- 4 oz Apple cider
- 1.5 oz Tequila Añejo I used Hornitos
- 1 oz Cointreau
- 1 Small Apple Sliced
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 2 tbsp Brow Sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 6 Ice Cubes
- In one shallow plate mix Brown Sugar + Cinnamon
- Use the other plate to pour the honey in a circle.
- Prepare the rim with the honey then with the sugar + cinnamon mix. Set Aside.
- In the cocktails shaker add:Ice + Apple Cider + Tequila + Cointreau. Shake vigorously.
- Pour into prepared glasses and garnish with sliced apples.
- Cheers! Fall in a Glass.