Apple Cider Margarita

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

  • Servings: 1.5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: Greatist


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz triple sec
  • 8 oz apple cider
  • Cinnamon sugar mix


  1. Put tequila, triple sec, and apple cider into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a margarita (or cocktail) glass.
  3. Sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon sugar mix on top of the drink.


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!


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