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Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita, my favorite quick and easy, but oh so warming fall margarita. Smoky mezcal (or tequila) mixed with a splash of orange liquor, spiced apple cider, a touch of citrusy lime, and sweet maple. This autumn harvest margarita is a cozy take on the classic, and the perfect warming fall cocktail to sip on with friends and family. Finish this smoky margarita off with fresh rosemary, apple slices, and a smoking cinnamon stick for that extra special touch.

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Because every Saturday is made better with a cocktail in hand, right?

Yes, yes, correct! Happy to be back for yet another HBH Cocktail Saturday recipe! I LOVE these posts so much. And I LOVE this margarita. It basically has all the things I love about fall, with the addition of tequila and a smoky cinnamon stick. It’s easy to make and so very delicious. Not too sweet, perfectly spiced, and just a touch bit smoky.

So very fall. So very me.

It’s a tried and true favorite and has been my go-to fall margarita for years. This was one of the first “real” drinks that I made for my family a few Octobers back. It was then that I began to have a lot of fun mixing drinks and experimenting with them. Crazy that I’ve now shared so many new cocktails recipes over the last few fall and early winter Saturdays leading up to Christmas.

My next new “test” is a whiskey sour…with an egg white. What are your thoughts…an egg white cocktail? Into them…or not so much?? If you have tips, let me know!

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The very quick details…

This margarita is easy.

First, you should rim your glass with salted cinnamon sugar. It might not seem necessary, but it’s salty, sweet, and the perfect rim for this fall margarita. Plus, it’s pretty, and that really counts for something to me.

Next, find your favorite bottle of smoky mezcal. Or if you can’t stand mezcal (some love it, some hate it), use your favorite silver tequila. But the mezcal is what gives this margarita its smokiness.

Now, add a splash of orange liquor, a good amount of spiced cider, a little citrusy lime, and sweeten it up with maple. Shake and strain into glasses.

SIMPLE. But SO GOOD.

If you want to make this margarita “extra” special. Add the garnishes…

Meaning, apple slices, a sprig of rosemary, and most importantly, a smoking cinnamon stick. It’s fun, it adds smokiness, smells incredible, and you really just need to do it.

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And that’s it. Serve this up tonight, tomorrow, or maybe over Halloween. Or, if you’re already planning out your Thanksgiving menu, this makes for a pretty great holiday margarita too!

Looking for something a little spookier? Try last Saturday’s Sleepy Hollow Cocktail!

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If you make these smoky harvest apple cider margarita, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories Per Serving: 246 kcal

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Ingredients

  • cinnamon sugar and flaky sea salt, for the rim
  • 2 ounces mezcal or silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange liquor
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) apple cider
  • juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup use more or less to your taste
  • apple slices and cinnamon sticks, for serving

Instructions

  • 1. If desired, rim your glass in salted cinnamon sugar. Mix equal parts cinnamon sugar and sea salt. Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and coat in sugar.
    2. Combine the mezcal or tequila, orange liquor, apple cider, lime juice, and maple in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake to combine. Strain into the glass. Garnish with apple slices, rosemary, and cinnamon sticks. If desired light the cinnamon on fire for a smoky effect.

Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita Pitcher

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 246 kcal

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Ingredients

  • cinnamon sugar and flaky sea salt, for the rim
  • 12 ounces mezcal or silver tequila (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3-4 ounces orange liquor (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup use more or less to your taste
  • apple slices and cinnamon, sticks for serving

Instructions

  • 1. In a large pitcher, combine mezcal or tequila, orange liquor, apple cider, lime juice, and maple. Chill until ready to serve.

    2. When ready to serve, if desired, rim glasses in salted cinnamon sugar, fill with ice. Pour the margarita into glasses. Garnish with apple slices, rosemary, and cinnamon sticks. If desired light the cinnamon on fire for a smoky effect.

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  1. 4 stars
    3.5/5 stars for me. Tastes like apple pie and a margarita had a baby 🙂 I like it! Would definitely have at a Halloween/fall party and be happy, but maybe not one I’ll be making for myself all the time this season. I do think I like this one better than The Grave Digger cocktail, which is similar.

  2. 5 stars
    Perfect fall drink! Everyone was impressed! You are the master of drink recipes, all are unique. And the ones we have tried have been delicious. I love margaritas and this was a great twist, and yes you gotta light the cinnamon stick for the smoke effect.
    Really great!
    Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    Looks wonderful! Just the drink I was looking for on one of the early cool-Fall days. I wonder if this could be made into an apple based pie? I make a bourbon (rye) apple pie that’s awesome and I might need to try a version with the mezcal. Why not! Thanks!

    1. Hey Maddie,
      Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! Have the best weekend🍁 xTieghan

    1. Teral, try subbing Seedlip Spice 94 of Fluère Smoked Agave for the mezcal. Alternatively, you could try brewing and chilling some mate or red rooibos tea (or another earthy, spicy tea) to sub for the mezcal.

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious… we used sparkling apple cider because that’s all I could find at Whole Foods, but it still worked out so well (just stirred rather than shake). Not too sweet, not too maple-y, it was perfect!!!

    1. Hey Diana,
      I have never tried this as a warm drink:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

      1. 5 stars
        This drink tastes like Fall in a glass! I used Trader Joe’s bourbon barrel aged maple syrup and it turned out great! Highly recommend!

        1. Hey Rebekah,
          Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  5. Hi there! I’m searching for a cozy cocktail for December and this is so intriguing but I can’t have maple syrup, What would you suggest as a replacement? Are there other cocktails that have that warm wintery flavor but without maple or honey that you would recommend? Thanks!

    1. I want to say if more than a couple people didn’t like it, something was different than the recipe. We made this for a group of 10 and everyone loved it.

  6. 5 stars
    Delish! Love the smokey flavor from the Mezcal. The better quality Mezcal, the more smokey flavor. Splurge and go upper shelf with the Alcohol for this one.

    1. Hey Nancy,
      I like Dos Amigos! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    My husband is the cocktail maker of our family. We made this for our friends at Halloween and it was HIT! TY for your great recipes. I have told everyone that this thanksgiving is going to be a Tieghan Thansgiving as I am hoping to try out quite a few of your recipes.

    1. Hi Rani! I am so glad you all loved this cocktail! Also, so amazing! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  8. Hi! What would you substitute for a non alcoholic version? Sparkling water, anything else to give it a kick? Looks amazing!

    1. Hey Meghan,
      I would do sparkling water! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  9. Looking forward to making this! We are big fans of whiskey sours in our house. We don’t make them with the egg white, because we drink them so often we’d end up with a bunch of leftover egg yolks! However, I love a good egg white infused cocktail – they are so creamy! One of the first cocktails of that type I tried was a Ramos Gin Fizz. Look it up, maybe you can do a riff on it this Christmas!

    1. Hi Melissa! I hope you love this recipe when you get a chance to try it! I completely understand having so many egg yolks left over, but the egg white does make it so yummy! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    Have been searching for a good drink with cider. Dang girl this is DE-lush! Couldn’t get my cinnamon to smoke but have found my new favorite cider margarita. Cheers!!

    1. Hey Rebecca,
      I haven’t tried making this hot, but you could definitely give it a go! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve actually made this 3 times now…first time I used all mezcal and honestly for most people it was quite difficult to drink…My BF loooooves everything bitter and smoky so for him it was perfect like that but for me and most palates I’ve determined 1/3 mezcal and 2/3 silver tequila was the sweet spot. I also used the spiced apple cider from Trader Joes which is super yummy on its own so if there’s a store around you – get it!
    OOOOH one thing Tieghan…I love that you can adjust the servings on your recipes…BUT it would also be super awesome if when you went to print the recipe those new proportions would also print! IDK if thats an easy coding thing or not but would be super helpful…For now I print the recipe and then change the servings and take a pic with my phone then write it in….

    1. Hmmm I did not know that was happening! I will send that to my tech team now, thank you for letting me know! So glad you loved this Beata! xTieghan

  12. This is the first comment I have left, although, by far, not the first recipe I have made. And, I’m sorry for that because I know how much work this is. I made this cocktail with Mescal from Escondido with Mexican canela. It was SPECTACULAR. I promise to write more reviews.?

  13. 1 star
    These sounded amazing but did not taste so. Made these earlier for our Thanksgiving brunch. No one, not one person, finished theirs. It’s a cute ideal, but the taste never blended quite right.

    1. Hi Sara! Really sorry this did not turn out well for you all. Are there any questions I could help you with? xTieghan

  14. 5 stars
    In love with this recipe and thinking about making a pitcher for Thanksgiving. I have just 2 non- drinkers. Any tips on preserving the essence while making a glass or two non-alcoholic?

    1. HI Veronique! I would just make a second smaller pitcher that does not include the alcohol. This way everyone can have some. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  15. 5 stars
    I’m drinking one of these right now. It’s so soft but also so tasty! Perfect for a pre-winter night like the one we’re having here in Lisbon. I’m only sorry I chose glasses that are a little too big. No chance of holding a cinnamon stick… 😀
    Thank you once again for another WONDERFUL recipe!

  16. 4 stars
    I coated the rim of the glass with a little bit of maple syrup instead of lime juice, then dipped in the cinnamon sugar and salt mixture. Awesome addition!

  17. 5 stars
    These are delicious and the presentation is just gorgeous!! Can’t wait to make them again for more friends, so perfect for fall.

  18. 5 stars
    I just made these for our pumpkin carving night. We usually make margaritas and when I saw this recipe I had to try it. They are delicious ! Perfect fall drink! Will be making many more.

    1. HI! I like to use Cointreau. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??

  19. 5 stars
    I googled apple cider margarita and this came up! Perfect timing! I’ve been making all of your fall drinks and this one was delicious just like the rest! I did a shot of silver tequila and a shot of mezcal; perfect smokiness! Thank you!

  20. I LOVE your holliday post and your cocktail wow i want to try every one off them… you are like the Nigella Lawson of the USA… you really set a feeling when you do a post on your blog… you are so inspiring… it is so long time since i have sat down and read a blog post from start to end and really enjoyed it… i have followed you in years… but this year you really got me inspired… especially all the harry potter post so amazing!! Lots off love from Denmark Copenhagen Lisa ×××××

  21. 5 stars
    I made this a few days ago and have been craving it since! So so good and the perfect drink to give you all the fall feels!!

    1. Hey Megan! The recipe box is still there! We had a tech issue the other day, but the recipe box is back. I am sorry sorry for any trouble! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??

  22. Love mezcal and love your site! Ohmygoodness! P.S. since your kicking around a whiskey sour w/egg white you may check out Jeffrey Morgenthalers whiskey sour recipe for inspo. It’s fantastic and he uses egg white. I’m sure you could put a delicious spin on it. And, yes, egg white in cocktails is ?

  23. Looks good.
    I may try this using Traeger brand SMOKED SIMPLE SYRUP instead of maple syrup..that way it has a slight smoky taste. I only have plain tequlia anyway. Taste and if needs maple added a few drops of Maple ext,
    thanks. Might get some snow today so perfect drink for evening.

  24. I bartend at a tequila bar that has a few mezcal cocktails on the menu. I found that if i do 3/4 oz mezcal and 3/4 oz regular tequila the drink is less likely to get sent back. It takes the smokiness down a notch but its still there. Ill have to give this one a try at work tomorrow!

  25. 5 stars
    We are big fans of your blog and have purchased your latest cookbook … it is awesome. We have a home decor and furniture business @ vavabode.com (Colorado Springs) and would love to highlight your cocktail on our “Friday at Five” post for our Blog and FB. Let us know if it’s a go. Meanwhile, keep doing what your doing … we are inspired by you each and every day. Nadine + Amy

  26. I made this last night and I loved it!! I normally don’t make the extra effort to make drinks in the shaker but this one was so worth it. Thank you for sharing!

  27. What a beautiful drink! It looks so warm and comforting and perfect for this season! And yes I can see that during holidays..I love that smoking cinnamon…You sure have the knack for presentation every single time, Tieghan! 😉 I love recipes like this when I go through the list of ingredients and know that I have most of it, if not all then I can make it easily!

  28. Oh. My. Gosh. YES, PLEASE. These look amazing, and I love the addition of the smoking cinnamon stick to the photos – that is a touch of genius right there! I am definitely whip these up for a group of friends soon.

    Congratulations on the nearing of the finish line for the cookbook manuscript! I know there is a lot of cooking and photographing to come, but hopefully that is the most fun part, and – as you say – it gets your poor eyes away from the computer screen. I am SO EXCITED for your cookbook; looking forward to buying copies for everyone I know! I just know it is going to be stunning. 😀

  29. As if Apple ciders weren’t amazing enough, you turned apple cider into a margarita! Definitely a great way to celebrate fall!

  30. The margaritas look great! Yes to Holiday Drink Saturday! I need some ideas for some holiday shenanigans 🙂 …..and maybe, just maybe, some finger food recipes? I love translating your recipes into bite size foods.

  31. Hi,

    I would have thought that when you make a big batch of the drink, all of the ingredients would be multiplied by the same factor. That is not the case here. Is that intentional?

    Thanks

    1. Hey Bob! Thank you for pointing that out. The amount of tequila was a typo. Recipe now fixed. Thanks again and let me know if you have any questions. Hope you love these!