I’m not really sure which forces of nature draw me to a recipe – whether it be a catchy phrase or stunning photograph that compels me to open an email, click through, and investigate further. I probably don’t need to tell you that there have been a million forces keeping me from experiments and writing. I won’t enumerate them, because you probably don’t care all that much.
In any case, my inspiration always comes from other sources including e-newsletters, Pinterest, Facebook, and a few trusted sources (such as Difford’s). This recipe for the Apple Cider Margarita came through on an email. And, as I said, I don’t know what prompted me to check it out, but I know someone gets paid good money to come up with a clever email subject line to entice me and someone else probably gets paid good money to analyze my interests. Well, whatever it was, it worked.
A little back story – I have been looking to launch back into my hobby for over a month and have been scouting out something good to start with. It’s apple season again, and I wanted something new to try with apples and/or apple cider. Remaking that Honeycrisp Apple Sangria certainly helped get me back in the mood. But, to really get going, I wanted something easy and, of course, tasty. I had a couple of recipe “duds” until I happened upon this. Margarita purists WILL balk. I know. It’s not really a Margarita…just like flavored Martinis. However, I don’t care. If it bothers you, call it a Apple Cider Tequila Cocktail, or make up something clever. I don’t have time to fuss with that – I’d rather just have a drink!
Apple Cider Margarita
I like that this is really easy to make. I could probably have fancied it up with some bitters or a squeeze of lime juice but, nah! Simple is often better anyways. The original recipe calls for a cinnamon sugar rimmed glass…sounds fun! I didn’t bother with it, but I think the cinnamon sugar on top of the actual drink mixes in better and adds to the taste. Both rimming the glass and putting it in the drink may be a bit much, not sure? To some degree I was just lazy and too excited to try the drink. Though the recipe suggests that stirring is adequate, I prefer to shake – plus it was a great chance to dust off that cocktail shaker. I will note that the recipe calls for gold tequila – I only had silver. I bet gold would be really good and some people prefer silver – I say go with your favorite, you won’t be disappointed. Cheers!