Vertical view of the short glass filled with the apple cider margarita
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Apple Cider Margarita

It's festive, it's delicious and has only 3 ingredients!
Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider, apple cider cocktail, apple cider margarita, margarita
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails
Calories 277kcal
Author Elaine Benoit

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces tequila (I used Patron Silver)
  • 2 ounces Grand Marnier (or Cointreau, or triple sec)
  • 8 ounces apple cider

Garnish

  • 2 slices apples (wheels, cut through the equator of the middle of apple)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar (optional - to rim glass)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional - to rim glass)

Instructions

  • If you are going to rim the glasses with cinnamon and sugar, add the two ingredients to a small mixing bowl and mix until combined then sprinkle on a flat plate.  Wet rim of glasses with apple cider and place rim side down into the cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Shake off excess and set glasses aside
  • Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
  • Add tequila, Grand Marnier and apple cider
  • Add fresh big cubes to glasses, cap shaker and shake for at least 20 seconds
  • Strain contents between the two glasses and distribute the shaker's cubes between the two glasses
  • Add apple wheels to the cocktail
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy

Notes

You don't need to rim the glass with sugar and cinnamon.  It just makes for a pretty drink.  I usually swipe off a space on the rim to drink from.
Tips for making the apple cider margarita:
  • Use the freshest apple cider you can get and make sure there are no additives and that the ingredients are just apples
  • You don't need to use premium alcohol in this cocktail because you won't be able to taste the difference.  But even so, I always do
  • If you don't have Grand Marnier, you can substitute it with Cointreau if you want to stay premium or triple sec as a cheaper alternative
  • Cut the apples across the equator as thin as you can 
  • There are many ways you can garnish this cocktail:  apple wheels, apple slices, apple chunks and cinnamon stick to just name a few
  • You don't need to rim the glass with cinnamon and sugar, but it is pretty but it will make the cocktail sweeter

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.3mg