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

Two Spiced Apple Cider Margarita with cloth napkin laying next to them and cinnamon sticks scattered.

I won’t lie, it took a few tries to really perfect this recipe! On my first try, I used 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! 

Two Spiced Apple Cider Margarita with cloth napkin laying next to them and cinnamon sticks scattered.

Spiced Apple Cider Margarita Ingredients:

  • Blanco Tequila
  • Cointreau
  • Spiced Apple Cide
  • Fresh Orange Juice
  • Maple Syrup
  • Egg Whites 
  • Turbinado Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon 

Recipe FAQs:

What type of tequila should I use?

Your preferred blanco tequila will be great! We prefer LALO Tequila.

What type of apple cider should i use?

I prefer Trader Joe’s Spiced Apple Cider for this recipe! Some ciders taste watery, so whichever you buy be sure it is full of flavor or this margarita will not have as much flavor as it should.

Why is there egg white in this recipe?

An egg white is a must in the classic Clayton Margarita for the foamy top! But if you prefer to omit from this recipe, you can do that as well.

Is topo chico necessary in this recipe?

I find that to activate the egg white and help make the drink a little frothier, adding a touch of sparkling water helps! Any sparkling/bubbly water works here, I prefer topo chico because it’s the most effervescent.

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

Whether you are sipping this alongside your Thanksgiving Dinner or jus enjoying on a fall evening, I hope you love this spin on the classic margarita!

For more recipes for the holiday season:

Tequila Espresso-Orange Martini

Rosemary Tequila Spritzer

Espresso Martini

Two Spiced Apple Cider Margarita with cloth napkin laying next to them and cinnamon sticks scattered.
5 from 4 votes

Spiced Apple Cider Margarita

Servings: 2 People


  • 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 tsp egg whites fresh or out of the carton is fine!
  • 2 oz topo chico
  • 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.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 2 People

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. 5 stars
    This tastes very good but am I the only one covered in this drink?!? When I shook it my shaker opened up from the carbonation and sprayed everywhere.

  2. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 5 stars
          Tried this on Thanksgiving; it was delicious! So much so, had it again that weekend. Delicious Fall flavor and very smooth.