Spicy Fall Cocktail: Apple Cider Margarita Recipe

Apple cider and tequila pair together perfectly to make a deliciously spicy fall cocktail. Here is the recipe for how to make an easy apple cider margarita with just a few ingredients, and don’t you dare skip the tangy and salty rim!

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Apple Cider Margarita Recipe and Why You’ll Love It

If you’re not sure apple cider and tequila pair well together this spiced apple margarita will prove to you that they are a match made in cocktail heaven. Slightly sweet with a little smokiness from the tequila, this cocktail is guaranteed to be your fall favorite. The best part? It comes together in just a few minutes with a few ingredients.

Here is what you need to make your margarita

  • Tequila
  • Apple Cider
  • Club Soda (optional)


  • Apple chip/ slice of apple
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sea Salt
  • Chilli Powder
  • Cinnamon Powder
  • lime

Over the summer, I have found quite a love for tequila. And it turns out I’m not the only once, since my skinny & spicy margarita recipe has been quite popular on Pinterest. So when it came time to transition into a new season, I simply wasn’t ready to give up my tequila or my love for a good margarita.

That’s how this simple recipe came to me in my mind. I made a few tweaks over a couple of weeks and now I’m ready to share this delicious fall cocktail with you.

You may also like to try my Spicy Pear Martini, made with vodka.

The best part about this cocktail is that it requires very few ingredients. Any apple cider works, and any tequila of your choice will do! You can even make an apple cider margarita pitcher and serve it over fall get togethers.

The color and the flavors make this tequila drink a perfect autumn cocktail.

How to Make an Apple Cider Margarita

You can use any apple cider to make your spice apple margarita. You can also just use the cider you bought, or you can add all spice, cloves, anise and cinnamon sticks to your store bought cider for a little extra flavor and spice.

Then, on a plate you want to mix cinnamon, salt and add a pinch of chilli powder —this creates the most delicious rim for your apple cider margarita. Rim the glass with a lime wedge then flip it upside down on to the plate with the mix. I like to do half of the rim, in case the spiciness is too much for someone.

Nex, fill the glass with ice  and add 2 oz of your favorite tequila. Top with apple cider and garnish with a dried apple or apple chip and a cinnamon stick.

If you’re looking to cut calories on this cocktail, I suggest using less apple cider and instead add club soda to your cocktail. This will also make your drink less sweet, but equally delicious.

What to Serve with Your Apple Cider Margarita

I love making a delicious fall inspired charcuterie board to serve with our Spicy Fall Cocktail. This  apple cider margarita is delicious along side a simple charcuterie board. Here is how I elevate our meat and cheese board for fall.

  • Add seasonal fruit— persimmons, green apples and grapes work really well with a variety of cheeses
  • Add seasonal dry fruit and nuts— pumpkin seeds give this simple charcuterie board instant fall vibes.

Fall Inspired Tablescape Details

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