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apple cider margaritas in glasses with apple slice garnish

Spiced Apple Cider Margarita

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Cocktail Shaker
  • Cuisine: American


This Spiced Apple Cider Margarita has a touch of apple, cinnamon, and orange with a generous pour of tequila to really get the party started. Serve these up with a sparkle-dusted, sugar-coated rim all throughout the holiday season!



For honey crisp simple syrup:

1 Honeycrisp apple, diced, peeled & cored (add in peel and core to simple syrup)
1 cup brown sugar, plus more for rim
1 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon, plus more for rim
1 cinnamon stick

For margaritas:

2 ounces tequila
1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
1 ounce apple cider or apple juice
½ ounce lime juice
½1 ounce honeycrisp simple syrup


  1. Make the simple syrup: In a small pot, add in all simple syrup ingredients and cook on low for 30-60 minutes. Strain syrup and cool before using. Keep in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 weeks.
  2. Shake, shake, shake: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, Cointreau or triple sec, apple cider or juice, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Sugarcoat it: Mix cinnamon and sugar on a small plate. Wet the edge of a low ball glass with a lime wedge and dip the glass into the plate of sugar. Strain the cocktail into the glass. Top with apple slices and a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!


Honeycrisp simple syrup will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.

Nutrition info does not include sugar rim.

Keywords: fall, simple syrup, honeycrisp