This cider margarita recipe will impress everyone! It’s tangy and balanced, with a cinnamon and sugar rim.

Apple cider margarita

Once the cider season starts, there is a must-make cocktail out of it. this Apple cider margarita! It is tangy and balanced: the tangy tequila and lime go wonderfully with sweet apple cider. The whole thing is rounded off with a cinnamon-sugar rim and every sip is a pleasure. Every margarita recipe we make is my favorite recipe … until we make a new one. This is ideal as an autumn cocktail or winter drink: make the mug version when you are serving a crowd!

What’s in a cider margarita?

This cider margarita is a variant of the Classic Margarita, a simple classic cocktail from the 1930s that has proven itself. The ingredients in the classic? Tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur (Triple Sec or Cointreau). This version stays true to the classic definition and just adds apple cider. What you need for this cider margarita:

  • tequila
  • Lime juice
  • Cointreau
  • Cider
  • Cinnamon and sugar for the edge

Apple cider margarita

What kind of cider to buy?

There are a few main types of cider that you can find in the store that you can use in this margarita. Here is a breakdown and what we prefer:

  • Unfiltered vs. filtered: Apple cider is sold unfiltered, which contains the pulp and sediment, and filtered, which is basically like apple juice. For the best taste and color for this drink, choose unfiltered! But it also works with filtered.
  • Pasteurized vs. unpasteurized: Pasteurizing apple cider makes it more storage-stable. If it’s unpasteurized, it can turn into apple cider vinegar or apple cider vinegar over time, so you should drink it within 2 weeks. Unpasteurized cider carries a higher risk of bacteria, so we recommend pasteurized it.

How to make a cinnamon and sugar rim

The best thing about this cider margarita recipe? The cinnamon and sugar rim! It adds a touch of sweetness and a bit of texture to the edge of the glass to every sip. How to conjure it up at home:

  • Moisten the glass wedge with a wedge of lime. Cut a notch in it, then move around the edge of the glass. You can make a thicker tape as you see in the photos.
  • Mix a plate of cinnamon and sugar. You don’t even have to measure: any amount is sufficient.
  • Place the outer edge of the glass in the sugar and twist. Make sure that the outside edge is coated evenly (not the inside).

Voila! Take a sip and this drink is deliciously balanced between tangy lime, tangy tequila and sweet cinnamon sugar.

Apple cider margarita

Make a cider margarita jug (8 servings)

Serve a crowd? The best way to serve a cider margarita is as a pitcher! That way, you can spend 5 minutes making 8 drinks instead of one. You can prepare all glasses with cinnamon and sugar rims and then pour the drink into each (approx. 2/3 cup of liquid per glass, plus ice cream!). Here’s what you should mix up:

  • 1 ½ cups of tequila
  • 2 cups of apple cider
  • ¾ Cup of Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • ¾ cup of lime juice
  • 3 handfuls of ice

Put these ingredients in a jug, mix and enjoy! The amount of ice is important to the dilution that would occur in a cocktail shaker. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

More cider cocktails

Do you love cider? Make all of these fall cocktails and apple cocktails that use cider:

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This cider margarita recipe will impress everyone! It’s tangy and balanced, with a cinnamon and sugar rim.

  • 1 ½ ounces* Tequila Reposado or White
  • 2 ounces Cider
  • ¾ ounce Triple sec or Cointreau
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • Cinnamon and sugar for the edge
  • Ice cream to serve (try clear ice!)
  • Star anise and cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)
  1. Cut a notch in a wedge of lime and let the lime run around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim in a plate with cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Single drink: Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until cold. Strain the margarita with the sugar rim into the glass. Fill the glass with ice and serve.
  3. Jug (8 servings): Put 1½ cups of tequila, 2 cups of apple cider, cup of Triple Sec or Cointreau and ¾ cup of lime juice in a jug. Add 3 handfuls of ice and stir until cold. Prepare the glasses separately, then add 2/3 cup to each glass and garnish with ice.


* To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: drink
  • Method: Shocked
  • Kitchen: Cocktails

Keywords: Apple cider margarita


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