Welcome to Friday friends!

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I’ve got to say, I’m kind of ready to celebrate! Not quite yet, but come Monday night…celebration time! My cookbook edits will all be sent off to my editor, and I’ll be squared away with the manuscript!

Cannot wait!! I can literally feel how close I am.

As excited as I am for this cookbook, it’s some serious work, and my eyes are just a little tired of my computer screen. BUT I know it’s going to be well worth all the effort, and I cannot wait to share all the brand new recipes with you guys this time next year! Once the manuscript is off, it’s on to photographing all one hundred and fifty plus recipes.

That is both scary and exciting all at the same time. It’s going to be a busy November for sure, but I am excited!!

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So, well I will not be celebrating until Monday night (got to plow through the weekend!), I’m still pretty dang excited to be sharing these margaritas with you guys!

I know these smoky harvest apple cider margaritas are a little different from my typically chocolate heavy, Friday treat, but it’s kind of fun posting a drink recipe on a Friday. Or at least I think so! Plus, when is a margarita (virgin or regular) ever a bad idea? <–it’s always a smart one around here!

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I don’t know if you guys remember, but back in July my family traveled to Mexico. Unfortunately for me, I was unable to make the trip, BUT they did bring me back some new foods/recipes to try out…

Ahh, ok that’s kind of an exaggeration, when I say foods, I really mean margaritas. I think they had their fair share while on vacation, and ever since then any time I see any of my brothers they beg for margaritas. Lyndsie, my brother Brendan’s girlfriend, turned me on to Mezcal, which if you’ve never tried is tequila’s smoky sibling.

It’s a pretty strong flavor, and on its own I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but in this margarita it’s perfection. It’s smoky flavors compliment the apple cider so well and makes for the best smoky margarita! Slightly sweet, but with a hint of smokiness and a touch of cinnamon. It’s literally the perfect seasonal cocktail, and I mean, come on, it is so fun!

If you know you do not like Mezcal, just use silver or gold tequila in its place. You won’t get that smoky flavor, but promise, it’s still going to be one killer margarita.

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Wait, can we talk about that rim for a quick second?

I have done plenty of cinnamon sugar cocktail rims, but never a salted one. Let me just say, it’s probably one of the best things ever… salty, cinnamony, and sweet? Yes, please!

OH, and I couldn’t resist adding a little real smoke to these photos with that burning stick of cinnamon. I wasn’t expecting it to really smell like anything at all, but um… amazing! Smoking cinnamon is the way to go. It’s like a pumpkin spice candle, but times tens. Also, this was probably not the smartest thing to do next to a glass full of alcohol, so please – do not try this at home. ?

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While I created these with Halloween in mind (something about the Mezcal makes me think Halloween…maybe it’s the smoke… or that worm in the glass thing…), they would also be equally great as an easy holiday cocktail for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Question: do you remember Holiday Drink Saturday? Should I do that again this December? What do you guys think? YES? NO? Let me know!

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Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margaritas.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 0 MAKES 1 DRINK

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 - 2 ounces mezcal or silver tequila
  • 4 ounces apple cider 1/2 cup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons agave nectar or more to taste
  • cinnamon + granulated sugar + kosher salt for the rim
  • slices apple + cinnamon sticks for serving

Big Batch Margaritas

  • 1 cup mezcal or silver tequila 8 ounces
  • 2 cups apple cider 16 ounces
  • 3/4 cups fresh lime juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons agave nectar

Instructions

  1. In a shallow bowl, mix equal parts, cinnamon sugar and salt. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and coat in salted cinnamon sugar.
  2. Combine the mezcal, apple cider, lime juice and agave in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until combined and then strain into your prepared glass. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

Big Batch Margarita

  1. Combine the mezcal, apple cider, lime juice and agave in a pitcher and stir to combine. Keep chilled in the fridge. When ready to serve, coat the rims of 4 glasses in salted cinnamon sugar. Add ice to each glass and pour the margaritas over the ice. Garnish with apples and cinnamon sticks.

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Now, let’s all have some margaritas and a great weekend!

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