Apple Cider Margarita – A Fall Cocktail

A little apple cider, tequila, and a touch of Grand Marnier make this easy, tasty golden Apple Cider Margarita. The perfect cocktail to celebrate the fall season!

2 apple cider margaritas on white table with leaves and apple basket in background.

Fall Margaritas

What does the fall season mean to you? Changing leaves (OK there’s raking too but this is all about good thoughts), finally able to wear my sweaters weather, football, apples & apple cider are just a few of the things that come to mind.

Now, I have to admit, I don’t get to enjoy all those things now living in Florida but they are some of my favorite memories growing up in northern New Jersey. And it was a time when my Mom started her major baking spree, and believe me, we couldn’t get enough of all her goodies. In fact, I had friends that would come home with me every day after school just to get a piece of whatever she had baked.

2 Apple Cider Margaritas on white table with tequila, Grand Marnier and a basket of apples and fall leaves behind them.

Now I do the same thing, by imaging the cooler weather, turning the air conditioner on high, and baking up a storm. And oh how I  love the abundance of fall produce that can be found in the market at this time of year especially all the apples. When I think of fall baking, warm spices are always involved. And with this apple margarita, it was only natural to use one of them for rimming the glass. A cinnamon sugar cocktail rim makes the best spiced apple cider margarita.

Overhead of 2 Apple Cider Margaritas with apples, gourds and fall leaves surrounding them.

More Recipes to Make with Apples

Apples are one of my favorite fruits to bake with as you can probably tell from this blog. I’ve made Caramel Apple Oat Bars and Grandma’s Apple Dumplings as well as easy Stove Top Applesauce and Gluten-free Apple Pancake. However, when I can find real apple cider I really get excited.  It is so much fun to bake with and works perfectly in my Apple Cider Cookies and even makes a deliciously healthy Apple Cider Smoothie too.

Closeup side view of Apple Cider Margarita with floating apple slice and sugared rim.

It also makes an awesome fall cocktail. You know I had to go there! I mean, just look at that fall color and the yummy cinnamon-sugar rim!

Overhead of single Apple Cider Margarita with apple slices, cinnamon sticks and fall leaves around it.

Let me tell you, this one is a keeper! This Apple Cider Margarita is so apple-y and so smooth you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it before. It’s really a delicious twist on the classic golden margarita and perfect for seasonal get-togethers and Halloween parties. Cheers!

More fall cocktails

Apple Cinnamon Cocktail with champagne, schnapps, and a float of ice cream.

Fireball Cocktail with apple cider served hot to warm you up on a chilly day.

My Blackberry Margarita is dark, fruity, and perfect for Halloween.

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2 Apple Cider Margaritas with apple slice garnish and fall leaves behind them.


An easy cocktail to whip up for the season. A little apple cider, tequila and a cinnamon sugar rim makes this a fun fall take on the classic golden margarita.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Linda Warren


  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz Gold Tequila
  • 5-6 oz apple cider
  • Ice
  • Garnish: cinnamon sugar, apple slices, cinnamon stick


  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on a flat plate. Rub an apple segment around rim of glass then press into sugar mixture to coat.
  • Mix Grand Marnier, tequila and cider together in cocktail shaker with a little ice.
  • Add crushed ice to glass and pour cider mixture over ice.
  • Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon stick.


Use Jose Cuervo tequila to make this cocktail gluten free.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 143mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 11mg

This post has been updated and was first published on September 5, 2013.

Apple Cider Margarita - A Fall Cocktail