This easy Apple Cider Margarita recipe is perfect for fall! It’s quick to make, only needing apple cider, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.
Apple Cider Margarita
Do you also get excited when it is time for fall cocktails? Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year!
This apple cider margarita is the perfect twist on a classic margarita as the weather gets crisper. You could serve it at Thanksgiving for a fun dinner cocktail.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Apple Cider Margarita! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
Garnishes: Ground Cinnamon Sugar mixture for rim, Cinnamon Stick, Star Anise, Apple Slices, salt rim
Tequila - We suggest using Blanco tequila or reposado tequila in this cocktail.
Apple Cider - If you don't have apple cider you can use apple juice but it will not have the spices that are normally mixed into apple cider.
Triple Sec - If you don't have triple sec you can also use Cointreau or Grand Marnier, other orange liqueurs.
- Cocktail Shaker
- Margarita Glass or Rocks Glass
- Ice Cube Maker: This ice cube maker produces the most fantastic ice cubes perfect for cocktails. It easily fits in the freezer, and you can make up to 3 trays of round-ball ice at a time.
Glassware - We use a margarita glass since it is easy to tell at a glance what type of cocktail we are serving at a Fall party. You can also serve this in a rocks glass if you want a shorter glass.
This fall margarita could also be served in a mason jar and look super cute! I am a huge fan of fall flavors and have been making so many recipes with apple cider and pumpkin this year.
Get ready for all the fall fun! If you are throwing a harvest party or fall party I think your guests will love this twist on a traditional margarita.
How to make Apple Cider Margaritas
I love that the instructions for this apple cider cocktail are quick and easy! You can whip up this delicious fall cocktail in a few minutes.
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
Step 1 - Fill a flat plate with cinnamon sugar and spread it out enough that it will fit the margarita glass. Cut lime wedge and run the lime along the rim of the glass to moisten it. Dip the glass into the cinnamon sugar until the edges are coated.
Step 2 - Combine tequila, apple cider, triple sec, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until cold.
Step 3- Strain the cocktail shaker and pour the apple cider margarita into the sugared rim of the margarita glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Frozen Apple Cider Margarita
To make this a frozen margarita you can add all of the liquid ingredients to a blender with ice and blend them together.
You can make your Apple Cider Margarita with blanco tequila if you want the other ingredients to shine or reposado tequila to add deeper flavor notes to your drink.
If you don't have apple cider, you can use apple juice, but it will not have the spices typically mixed into ciders.
If you don't have any triple sec, you can also use Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or other orange liqueurs.
Vegetarian Option: This margarita recipe is vegetarian.
Vegan Option: Tequila and triple sec are typically vegan, as they usually don’t contain any ingredients derived from animals. Check that your apple cider is vegan, as some varieties may have honey as a sweetener.
Gluten-Free: Whether your Apple Cider Margaritas are gluten-free depends on whether your ingredients are gluten-free, so check each label if you are highly sensitive. Tequila and apple cider are generally safe.
Alcohol-Free Option: Swap the tequila and triple sec with NA alternatives to make mocktails of this fall cocktail recipe.
Larger Group/More Servings:
You can make a bunch of Apple Cider Margaritas by doubling or tripling the recipe. Just pour everything into a pitcher and stir with ice.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 15 grams of sugar per serving. Use sugar-free apple cider and triple sec to make it sugar-free.
Tips for the Best Apple Cider Margarita
- If you want a sweeter cocktail, add a pinch of brown sugar, simple syrup, or maple syrup.
- Depending on how many ounces the glass holds, you may need more apple cider to fill your margarita glass.
- You can serve this fall margarita in a mason jar for a super cute look! I am a huge fan of fall flavors and have made many recipes with apple cider and pumpkin this year.
What to Serve with Apple Cider Margarita
This Apple Cider Margarita combines two of our favorite things - bountiful fall flavors and the classic margarita! Here are some menu pairing suggestions to help you celebrate the best of the fall season.
Sides: Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls, Easy Hasselback Potatoes, Easy Frank's Buffalo Chicken Dip, Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower, Cheesy Bacon Potato Skins, CrockPot Reuben Dip, Buffalo Chicken Wontons, CrockPot Bourbon Glazed Kielbasa, CrockPot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs
Main Dishes: Corned Beef Shepherd's Pie, Smoked Sausage Gnocchi, CrockPot Bourbon Maple Pork Loin, CrockPot Kielbasa with Potatoes & Green Beans, CrockPot German Bratwurst, Jalapeño Beer Brats, CrockPot Guinness Corned Beef & Cabbage
Desserts: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip, Ooey-Gooey Butter Cake, Caramel Apple Dump Cake, Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Apple Cider Cookies, Apple Cider Muddy Buddies, Maple Monkey Bread Bites, Apple Pie Dumplings, Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies, CrockPot Fried Apples
Drinks: Candy Corn Jello Shots, Fireball & Ginger Ale Cocktail, Fireball Apple Cider, Apple Cider Mule, Angry Balls Drink, Guinness & Cider Beer Cocktail, Apple Pie Shot, Washington Apple Drink, CrockPot Mulled Wine, CrockPot Apple Pie Moonshine
When to Serve
- Dinner Party
- Tailgating Parties
- Family and Friend Gatherings
- Halloween Party
- Fall Harvest Party
Great Fall Cocktail Recipes
Apple Cider Margarita Recipe
- Rim a margarita glass with cinnamon sugar and set to the side.
- Add Tequila, Apple Cider, Triple Sec, and fresh lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake until chilled and strain into margarita glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.
- Margarita Glasses
- Cocktail Shaker