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A sparkling apple cider margarita with cinnamon sticks and an apple to the side.
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Sparkling Apple Cider Margarita

Put a festive fall touch to everyone’s favorite classic cocktail with this sparkling apple cider margarita! You'll love the way the warm apple cider spice pairs with the citrusy notes and rich, complex tequila to make one delicious fall cocktail. This margarita uses only fresh ingredients, comes together in just minutes and can be prepared as a single drink or in a pitcher to serve a crowd.
Course Beverages
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 251kcal

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Citrus juicer
  • Jigger or small measuring cup

Ingredients

Cinnamon-Sugar Rim

  • Ground cinnamon
  • Brown sugar
  • Lime slice cut in the middle

Sparkling Apple Cider Margarita

  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 2 ounces tequila preferably reposado
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur preferably Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice about 1 lime
  • Ice
  • Splash of ginger beer or ginger ale (see note)
  • Apple slice for garnish, optional

Instructions

Cinnamon-Sugar Rim

  • Spread ground cinnamon and brown sugar on a small plate and mix together. Run a lime slice along the edge of your serving glass and swirl the rim in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. Set the glass aside.

Sparkling Apple Cider Margarita

  • In a cocktail shaker, add the apple cider, tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and a handful of ice. Put on the top and shake vigorously, about 15-30 seconds.
  • Add a handful of ice in your serving glass. Strain the margarita into the glass. Pour in a splash of ginger beer or ginger ale and gently stir to combine. If you'd like, garnish with an apple slice. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • To make a 12-serving pitcher of apple cider margaritas, combine 3 cups apple cider, 3 cups tequila, 1 ½ cups orange liqueur and 1 ½ cups lime juice (about 12 limes) into a large pitcher. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Right before serving, stir in 1 ½ cups ginger beer or ginger ale. 
  • Make sure you don't use sparkling apple cider, which is more like apple juice, or hard cider, which is alcoholic. We just want traditional, uncarbonated apple cider, which you can find in the produce section of your grocery store.
  • Apple cider varies in sweetness by brand. The apple cider I use is sweet enough that I don’t need additional sugar. That said, if you need more sweetener, you could use basic simple syrup or maple syrup, or one of my fancy spiced syrups like this brown sugar-chai syrup or gingerbread syrup. I’d start with ½ ounce and then add more if necessary.
  • Don't want a fizzy drink? No problem. Simply leave out the ginger beer or ginger ale. This fall margarita is absolutely delicious whether you use the bubbly ginger topping or not.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg