As we wave goodbye to summer, and welcome in the fall season, why not celebrate with an Apple Cider Margarita? It’s such an easy cocktail to make, with just 3 ingredients, and a delicious autumnal twist on a classic!
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Apple Cider Margarita
Did you know that there are 7500 varieties of apples worldwide? 3000 varieties grow in the UK – even more than in the US! How crazy is that? Of course apples are available all year round, but there is something about autumn that makes me crave apples!
I’ve got several apple recipes coming during the fall season, starting with this Apple Cider Margarita.
But before we get to the recipe (which you can jump to print off using the link in the table of contents above) we need to have a quick chat about cider.
Cider v Hard Cider
Just in case this is your first visit to my blog, you may not know that I am British and live in the UK. I have a split audience, with a lot of my readers in the USA, as well as in the UK and the rest of the world. This can have its challenges when it comes to recipes and ingredients, and even words!
And here we are with one of those words: CIDER.
Here in the UK, cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Part of England known as the West Country is like the spiritual home of cider, especially in Somerset! According to Wiki, the UK has the world’s highest per capita consumption, as well as its largest cider-producing companies.
Now, over in the USA, cider refers to unfiltered apple juice, traditionally made with a distinct sweet-tart taste. The closest thing that I think we could get in the UK is cloudy apple juice.
What we Brits call cider, the Americans call hard cider. Then to add even more confusion, Canada uses the terms “cider” and “apple cider” interchangeably. (Although they generally refer to alcoholic and juice beverages, respectively. )
After several vacations to the US, I have become used to using the term hard cider to talk about the alcoholic beverage! Any time I use alcoholic cider in mixed drinks, I will refer to it has hard cider to avoid any confusion!
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Ingredients used in this cocktail
There are just three ingredients used in this cocktail:
- Hard Cider
- Simple Syrup
You can use your favourite brands of hard cider and tequila… and simple syrup is very easy to make (the clue is in the name!).
Simple syrup is simply a mix of sugar and water in equal measures. Now, I always thought that you made it by heating until the sugar dissolves. However, after a bit of internet research, I have learned that you can just cold water. You place the sugar and water in a bottle or jar with a lid, and shake until the sugar is dissolved. Both are simple – do whichever suits you!
And if you don’t want to make a simple syrup, you can buy ready made sugar syrup in bottles. I like using the Monin brand of syrups as there are lots of flavours and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, cocoa, shakes, smoothies, and more.
Cinnamon Sugar Rim Glasses
An optional, fancy extra that you can do with your margarita glasses (although you don’t have to use actual margarita glasses if you don’t want to!) is to add a cinnamon sugar rim.
To make cinnamon sugar: mix one part ground cinnamon with three parts sugar.
To add sugar to glass rim: Moisten the rim with the sugar syrup, and the dip the glass straight down into the cinnamon sugar.
You can actually buy cocktail rimming dishes online (there is a gadget for everything!) but a small plate or saucer will work just fine.
Make It A Meal!
Here are some dishes that I think will go well with this hard cider margarita, so you can make a meal of it!
- Appetizer: Vegetable Soup
- Main Dish: Roasted Pork Loin with Apple + Onions
- Side Dish: Hasselback Potatoes
- Side Dish: Spiced Roasted Autumn Vegetables
- Dessert: Toffee Apple Cupcakes
More Cocktails To Make
Once you’ve made this seasonal margarita, you’ll be wanting more cocktail recipes – here are some more for you to check out:
- 1 part tequila
- 6 parts hard apple cider (Angry Orchard, Strongbow etc)
- ⅓ part simple syrup
- Apple slices for garnish
- Stir the cider, tequila, and simple syrup until well combined.
- Pour in glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with apple slices.
- Optional extra: Use glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar.
To make a big batch of Apple Cider Margarita, as long as you use the same size measure for 1 part, the ratios will be correct.
If you prefer measurements for this drink, to make 1 use:
- 1 oz tequila
- 6 oz hard cider
- ½ Tbsp simple syrup
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 8mg Carbohydrates: 20g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 20g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
Apple Cider Margarita Variations
- Hot Apple Cider Margarita – this cocktail is served cold over ice, but for those cold autumn – and winter nights – why not warm the drink up? Add the hard cider, tequila and syrup to a pan on a medium low heat and slowly warm through. Serve in glasses with handles and garnish with apple slices and a cinnamon stick.
- Pear Cider Margarita – not sure if pear cider is available outside of the UK, but switch the [hard apple] cider for pear cider (or perry) and make the cocktail as in the original recipe. You could try warming it up too.
- Fruit Cider Margarita – there are lots of different flavoured ciders like cherry, and blackberry, and even some more unusual flavours like coconut and lime, and toffee apples. You know what I’m going to say don’t you? Experiment!
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
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