Spiced Apple Cider Margarita

The tried and true Clayton Margarita got a fall spin in this Spiced Apple Cider Margarita! Perfect for Thanksgiving or any fall gathering.

Spiced Apple Cider Margarita

I won’t lie, it took a few tries to really perfect this recipe! I first tried it with lime juice since that is traditionally in a margarita and it most definitely did not work. I also tried it with a few different apple ciders and those definitely made a difference! I ended up loving Trader Joe’s Spiced Apple Cider so definitely recommend sourcing that or another high-quality, flavorful spiced cider that is not watery at all — trust me! 

And like Clayton’s Margarita, this Spiced Apple Cider Margarita is definitely just as strong and goes down event easier — in my opinion so tread lightly before pouring your second; you can always use less tequila! 

Spiced Apple Cider Margarita

Apple Cider Margarita
Serves: 2 People
5 from 2 votes


  • 3 oz good tequila We love Lalo Tequila; you can always use a little less if you don't want it as strong
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 6 oz spiced apple cider I love Trader Joe's Brand; see note!
  • ½ oz fresh orange juice
  • ½ oz maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp egg whites fresh or out of the carton is fine!
  • 2 tbsp turbinado sugar + pinch of ground cinnamon for rimming your glass


  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker and dry shake (no ice) to allow the egg to emulsify for the foam.
  • Pour over a cinnamon sugar-rimmed glass filled with ice.
  • Enjoy!


A great spiced apple cider is key for this recipe! If you can't find spiced apple cider and can only get regular apple cider, I highly recommend adding a few spices of your own to make this drink. I recommend 2 pinches of cinnamon plus a small dash of ground cloves, nutmeg or allspice — or all three with the cinnamon! Add to your shaker last and shake well with the rest of the ingredients.


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    November 19, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    I’m allergic to orange juice. what can I substitute?

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      November 23, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      It’s such a small amount, you can just omit it!

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    November 18, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Being immune compromised, I do not eat or drink anything with raw egg or egg white. Do you have a recommendation for a sustitution for the egg white, I should I just omit it?

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      November 19, 2022 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Nancy! I would just omit this. It helps to create a foamier margarita but does not affect the taste so it is best to omit.

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        November 20, 2022 at 2:58 am

        Thanks, Alex. I’m going to try this out at my daughter’s house this Thanksgiving. She’s the one I thank for introducing me to your delicious recipes.

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          February 20, 2023 at 7:46 pm

          5 stars
          Tried this on Thanksgiving; it was delicious! So much so, had it again that weekend. Delicious Fall flavor and very smooth.

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    January 14, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Has anyone tried this warm?

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    November 21, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Do you use blanco or reposado tequila?

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      November 22, 2021 at 12:31 am

      I usually use Blanco!

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    JENNIFER Ferguson
    November 15, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    5 stars
    I went ahead and tried it today. This was excellent. Thank you for the time you put into your recipes.

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    November 11, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Is there a way to may this head and keep in a pitcher for people? What will happen to the egg white?

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      November 15, 2021 at 6:42 pm

      If you make ahead– I would just do a pitcher and omit the egg white.

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        November 24, 2021 at 1:11 am

        I would like to make a pitcher. What do you think the quantities would be?

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    November 10, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Can you omit the eggs if there is someone with an egg allergy?

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      November 16, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      yes, absolutely.

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