Celebrate fall flavors by mixing up a batch of Apple Cider Margaritas! Made with apple cider, tequila, brandy, lemon juice and a homemade cinnamon simple syrup, this fall margarita recipe is the perfect drink to serve on a chilly evening and can be made for a crowd! Makes 2 drinks, but can easily be turned into a pitcher.
I’m so very excited to bring y’all this post today! My friend, Melissa from Simply Whisked, has made us an apple cider margarita, and I cannot wait to mix one up because I love apple cider so very much.
Be sure to swing by her site to give her some love and check out all her dairy free recipes! – Erin
Hey Speckled Readers! I’m Melissa from Simply Whisked. I blog about all things dairy free from the very heart of dairyland: Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Erin and I met through a mutual friend, but we really bonded when we roomed together at a blogging conference earlier this year.
Staying up hours past your bedtime chatting room will do that.
I’m so thrilled that Baby Speckle is finally here. She’s a perfect addition to an already lovely family.
I hope that Erin is enjoying all of those baby snuggles and embracing all the coziness that comes with the beautiful fall weather.
Why I love this recipe:
Everything about fall is nostalgic to me. It always hits me as soon as back-to-school season is over. I don’t know if it’s the earlier sunsets or the crisp fall air, but there’s just something magical and special about this time of year.
This fall has been beautiful, and with Halloween right around the corner, I’m craving my favorite fall flavors and looking forward to the glow of jack-o-lanterns.
I made these apple cider margaritas for the first time a few years ago. It was our daughter’s first Halloween, and it seemed like the perfect time to start a new tradition since we’d just moved into a new home and we hosted our friends for pumpkin carving.
We’ve been enjoying them ever since.
I’ve always been a big fan of margaritas, and I can find a way to work them into any holiday, even Thanksgiving.
These might be my all time favorite because of the truly unique flavor that comes from adding a little brandy with my tequila.
It might seem a little strange at first, but it adds a complexity that works so well with the apple cider and cinnamon.
Some other fall drinks you might love during this time of year: Spiked Caramel Apple Cider | Pumpkin Whiskey Smash | Cranberry Moscow Mule (Yule Mule) | Blizzard Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail | Spiked Caramel Apple Cider
Need some drink inspiration? My cocktail recipe index has all kinds of ideas just for you!
Here’s what you’ll need to make these margaritas:
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Let’s talk ingredients!
In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.
Here’s what you need:
- Granulated sugar, water and a cinnamon stick—we use these to make the simple syrup
- Apple cider—grab your favorite brand from the grocery store or make your own. This is integral to the flavor of this margarita recipe, and using apple juice simply won’t cut it. (Also, please note that apple cider vinegar is different than apple cider.)
- Tequila—we like to use blanco tequila in margaritas like this one.
- Brandy—this is a distilled wine and many are aged in wooden casks. It’s oftentimes enjoyed as an after-dinner sipper.
- Lemon juice—fresh squeezed lemon juice is the best, though you can purchase cold press chilled lemon juice in the grocery store if that’s an easier thing for you. The shelf-stable kind simply isn’t as good, though.
- Garnishes—cinnamon sugar, apple slices, rosemary sprigs, cinnamon sticks and star anise all make for a beautiful finish on this cocktail
Unlike a traditional margarita, we’re not using lime juice or triple sec in this recipe!
How do I make apple cider margaritas?
First, make your cinnamon simple syrup. Combine equal parts water and sugar in a large saucepan. Whisk over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Transfer to a mason jar and add your cinnamon sticks. Bonus points if you add a whole clove or two. Let the syrup cool and pop it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
Let the cinnamon simple syrup sit overnight to get the best flavor.
Second, prep your glasses. Fill the with ice and rim your glasses with a cinnamon sugar mixture. Now’s the time to prepare any garnishes you might want to use, too. I like to garnish mine with a slice from the center a full apple and a star anise or cinnamon stick.
Lastly, mix your cocktail. Combine the margarita ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until the shaker becomes almost too cold to hold. Strain into your prepared glass with ice and serve immediately.
Alternatively, you could prepare a large batch of these in a pitcher and shake over ice just before serving.
This is a great option for a party or holiday because it gives you more face time with your guests. Make your pitcher the day before and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips
How perfect would these tequila apple cider drinks be for Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving or any other fall-related gathering?
Here are a few tips and tricks to making margaritas for a crowd:
- Make your cinnamon simple syrup in advance. This stuff lasts up to two weeks in the fridge, so make it on a day when you’ve got time, and let it hang out until it’s happy hour.
- Double or triple the recipe… or turn it into a pitcher if you’re hosting a larger crowd! Do the simple math (and I’ve got the math of what an 12-drink pitcher looks like below and in the recipe card.)
- Make the pitcher in advance, and keep it cool in the fridge until it’s entertaining time. This makes for less stress entertaining for sure because you won’t be frantically mixing your drinks as guests arrive or as they want to drink them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Measure the following ingredients into a pitcher to make a 12-serving margarita pitcher:
18 oz. apple cider (or apple juice)
12 oz. tequila
6 oz. brandy
6 oz. lemon juice
3 oz. cinnamon simple syrup
Keep it cold, and serve over ice in individual glasses.
You can spike apple cider with a lot of different alcohols! Whiskey/bourbon are my personal favorite, but this apple cider margarita recipe calls for a unique combination of tequila and brandy!
No. They are not the same thing. Please, please, please do not use apple cider vinegar in these margaritas… they would NOT taste good!
More apple drinks to mix:
- Apple Cider Moscow Mule
- Easy Spiced Apple Cider
- Apple Cider Punch with Elderberry
- Gin Apple Pie Cocktail
- Apple Cider Sangria
Y’all ready to make this goodness?
Scroll on down to learn how easy it is!
Celebrate fall flavors by mixing up a batch of Apple Cider Margaritas! Made with apple cider, tequila, brandy, lemon juice and a homemade cinnamon simple syrup, these cocktails are the perfect drink to serve on a chilly fall or winter evening. As an added bonus, they can be made in a pitcher for a crowd! Whether you're serving one or many, these Apple Cider Margaritas make the perfect harvest drink for all to enjoy on a chilly fall evening.
Cinnamon Simple Syrup (Makes enough for 16 batches of margaritas)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
Apple Cider Margaritas (Makes 2 margaritas)
- 3 oz. apple cider (or apple juice)
- 2 oz. tequila
- 1 oz. brandy
- 1 oz. lemon juice (or lime juice)
- ½ oz. cinnamon simple syrup
- Cinnamon sugar, for garnish
- Apple slices, for garnish
- Star anise, for garnish
- Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
- Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Make the Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and water.
- Whisk until sugar has dissolved completely.
- Remove from heat and transfer syrup to a mason jar (or other glass container).
- Add cinnamon stick to syrup.
- Cover the jar and allow syrup to cool completely before using.
Apple Cider Margaritas
- Combine margarita ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake until cold.
- Strain into prepared glasses and garnish before serving.
You could prepare a large batch of these in a pitcher and shake over ice just before serving. This is a great option for a party or holiday because it gives you more face time with your guests. Make your pitcher the day before and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
To make a 12-serving batch, combine the following in your favorite pitcher:
- 18 oz. apple cider (or apple juice)
- 12 oz. tequila
- 6 oz. brandy
- 6 oz. lemon juice
- 3 oz. cinnamon simple syrup
Serve over ice in individual glasses, and keep cold in the refrigerator!
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Serving Size:1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Sodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 7gSugar: 4g
Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her…