Apple Cider Margarita Recipe

Apple Cider Margarita is a timeless classic that originates from Mexico. However, the uniqueness of this cider variation is perfect for fall and winter festivals. Cider adds a seasonal touch that celebrates the richness of fall orchards, pairing perfectly with traditional margaritas’s bright and zesty elements. This delightful drink is ideal for holiday gatherings, cozy nights, or indulgent parties.

Looking for the perfect base for this cocktail? Make your own apple cider to ensure the freshest, most flavorful Margarita possible. Head over to our Homemade Apple Cider Recipe to get started.

Apple Cider Margarita Recipe

Apple Cider Margarita Recipe

Did you know combining apple cider with tequila will bring an unexpected but harmonious blend of flavors that stimulates the palate?
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 drink
Calories 250 kcal


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Ice cube tray
  • Highball or margarita glasses
  • Cutting board and knife for garnishes


  • 1 cup Apple Cider For a non-alcoholic version, you can increase this amount
  • 1/2 cup Tequila For a mocktail version, use additional apple cider, sparkling water, or ginger kombucha
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier Omit for a mocktail
  • 2 tbsp Agave Syrup Optional
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • Garnishes: Apple slices lime wedges, cinnamon sticks (Optional)


  • Prepare your glass by adding a few ice cubes.
  • Combine the apple cider, tequila, Grand Marnier, agave syrup (if using), and fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker.
    1 cup Apple Cider, 1/2 cup Tequila, 1/4 cup Grand Marnier, 2 tbsp Agave Syrup, 2 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • Shake well for about 30 seconds to mix all the ingredients.
  • Strain the mixture into the prepared glass over ice.
  • Add your choice of garnishes like apple slices, lime wedges, or even a cinnamon stick for an extra festive touch.
    Garnishes: Apple slices
  • Take a moment to admire your handiwork, then enjoy your Apple Cider Margarita!



Pro Tips for Success

  • Try using freshly pressed cider from local orchards for a richer apple flavor.
  • A ginger kombucha can add a zesty, effervescent touch if you opt for a mocktail.
  • Pre-chill the glass for an extra refreshing experience.

Calculate Nutrition for the Drink

Here's a rough nutritional breakdown per serving:
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Protein: 0g
Keyword Apple Cider Margarita Recipe

What does Apple Cider Margarita taste like?

This cocktail combines the sourness of lime juice and tequila’s spicy taste with apple cider’s sweetness. Depending on the recipe, you may also notice notes of cinnamon, ginger, or even a hint of nutmeg, often imparted from spiced cider or additional spices.

The tequila adds a rich, rich flavor that balances out the sweetness of the cider. Some variations may include an orange liqueur like Triple Sec or Grand Marnier, adding complex citrus flavors.

The acidity of lemon juice often brightens the flavor, making the drink feel lighter and

Is apple cider a strong alcohol?

Apple cider can refer to two different beverages: one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic. In the United States, “apple cider” is a non-alcoholic drink made from pressed and unfiltered apple juice. In contrast, the term “hard cider” denotes the fermented, alcoholic version. In other parts of the world, like the United Kingdom, “cider” usually refers to an alcoholic drink.

As for its alcohol content, hard cider is generally not as strong as many other alcoholic beverages like spirits or liquors. The alcohol by volume (ABV) for most hard ciders ranges from about 4-6%, similar to the alcohol content in most beers. However, some specialty ciders can have a higher ABV. In contrast, spirits like whiskey, vodka, and tequila often have an ABV of around 35-50%.

So, while hard cider does contain alcohol, it is generally not considered a “strong” alcoholic beverage in terms of alcohol content. However, like all alcoholic beverages, it should be consumed responsibly.