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A cocktail in a short glass with a gold rim garnished with a lime slice on a dark wooden background.

Apple Cider Margarita

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  • Author: Veronika | thehealthfulideas
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan


A refreshing tequila cocktail with all the fall flavors. There are warming spices, tangy lime juice, and silver tequila. It's the perfect drink for the holiday season.


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Cinnamon sugar rim


  • 1.5 oz silver tequila
  • 0.5 oz Cointreau
  • 0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 0.25 oz maple syrup (or to taste - I add 1-2 tsp)
  • Dash cinnamon (a light sprinkle)
  • 1-2 dashes orange bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional garnish: apple and lime slices


Cinnamon sugar rim

  1. Combine the turbinado sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and dip it in the sugar. Set aside.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add a handful of ice, and shake for 10-15 seconds until it’s very cold to touch. 
  2. Pour into a short glass over ice, garnish with an apple and lime slice, and enjoy!


Spices - You use apple pie spice or just plain cinnamon, whichever you prefer.

Storing - Drinks like this don’t store well. I recommend making it right before serving.

Cocktail shaker: If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a large mason jar with a tight-fitting lid.