Pumpkin Cider Margarita

This Pumpkin Cider Margarita is like an autumn party in a glass.

It’s kinda creamy, kinda sharp and kinda spicy (in the cinnamon-y kind of way).

It’s very easy to make and even easier to drink. Make one for yourself (no judgement here) or enough for a crowd  – this fun margarita recipe will be your new favorite fall cocktail.

Pumpkin Cider Margarita on a wooden table surrounded by pumpkins, apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, a striped towel, a green napkin and a jar of spiced simple syrup

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Pumpkin Cider Margarita

You’ve maybe seen pumpkin margaritas.

You’ve probably seen apple cider margaritas.

But here we’re combining them for the best of both worlds. When it comes to fall flavors, some are #teampumpkin and some are #teamapple.

This drink will bring everyone together! Unity!

Plus there’s no refined sugar.

And pumpkin is a vegetable and apples are a fruit so you’re basically drinking a salad.

A boozy salad. In a glass.

You’re welcome.

What you need for this Pumpkin Cider Margarita

Ingredients for 1 cocktail:

  • 2.5 oz. pure apple cider
  • 2 oz. tequila (silver, reposado or anejo)
  • 1.5 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1-2 tablespoons spiced simple syrup, to taste (see below)
  • 1 apple slice and/or cinnamon stick for garnish, if desired

Ingredients for the simple syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 5 slices ginger, unpeeled
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Ingredients for the salted rim:

Equipment:

 

Pumpkin Cider Margarita on a wooden table surrounded by pumpkins, apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, a striped towel, a green napkin and a jar of spiced simple syrup

How to make a Pumpkin Cider Margarita

  • Make the simple syrup: in small saucepan over medium-low heat, simmer the honey and water together with the cinnamon sticks, cloves and fresh ginger, stirring occasionally, until the honey dissolves. Let cool and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You don’t even need to strain it – let those spices infuse the syrup as it sits.
  • Next you’ll take an orange slice (or lemon or lime – all work fine and you won’t really taste it anyway), cut a small slit in the wedge and run the orange slice around the rim of your glass.
  • Pour the fine sea salt and smoked sea salt into a bowl that just fits the rim of your glass.
  • Dip the wet rim into the salt until it’s evenly coated. Pat yourself on the back for such a professional-looking margarita glass.
  • Then it’s simply a matter of combining pumpkin puree, apple cider, tequila and the syrup in a cocktail shaker, shaking until blended and cold and pouring over ice.
  • Stick an apple slice or cinnamon stick in there if you want.

And voila! Your cocktail is ready to go!

I also provide instructions below the recipe for how to scale up the amounts to make the margarita for a group.

Pro tip: If you can get 100% natural spiced cider (meaning it’s just apple cider and spices, no extra sugar or other ingredients), you can skip making the simple syrup! And then it’ll be a 3-ingredient margarita – the cider, the pumpkin and the tequila (OK, plus the salt rim if you want that).

Pumpkin Cider Margarita on a wooden table surrounded by pumpkins, apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, a striped towel, a green napkin and a jar of spiced simple syrup

What else to do with the spiced simple syrup

The best part is, if you make the syrup, you can use it for so many other things. It would be fantastic in this Pomegranate Old Fashioned.

You can use it in any pumpkin cocktail (like a pumpkin martini) or any drink with apple cider, with alcohol or without.

An apple cider martini would have so much more flavor with cinnamon, clove and ginger mixed in.

The syrup would also easily upgrade an apple cider sangria (or any fall sangria) or any apple cider cocktail.

A cranberry margarita would feel so much more festive with these fall flavors.

 

Is tequila paleo?

…sure.

What I mean is, is it a part of a perfectly historically accurate recreation of what our ancestors ate? Probably not. But we live in modern times and drinking is a part of that for some of us. Tequila is low calorie, has no carbs and made without grains so it’s gluten-free.

For this drink, you can go with a clear or silver tequila. I also sometimes use an aged tequila, meaning it’s rested in wood barrels, such as añejo or reposado. They’re a little more expensive but they have a smoother, richer flavor that’s great in this cocktail or on their own.

No matter what kind you choose, make sure it’s 100% agave. One of the benefits of using legit tequila is that it doesn’t have all the sugars and additives of the cheap stuff and margarita mixes.

 

Other recipes you might like:

  1. Sparkling Winter Sangria
  2. Pomegranate Old-Fashioned
  3. Carrot Bloody Mary
  4. Mulled Apple Cider
  5. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
  6. Sweet Potato Smoothie
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Pumpkin Cider Margarita

Real pumpkin puree, apple cider, tequila and warm spices are blended together for your favorite new fall cocktail!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Cooling time for syrup20 mins
Total Time47 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider, margarita, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, simple syrup, tequila
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Don Baiocchi

Ingredients

For the spiced simple syrup:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 5 slices ginger, unpeeled
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

For the salted rim:

  • 1 wedge orange, lemon or lime
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sea salt (see notes)

For the margarita:

  • 2.5 oz. 100% apple cider
  • 2 oz. tequila (silver, reposado or anejo)
  • 1.5 tablespoons pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1-2 tablespoons spiced simple syrup, to taste
  • 1 apple slice and/or cinnamon stick for garnish, if desired

Instructions

To make the simple syrup:

  • Combine honey, water and spices in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until the honey has dissolved, about 5-10 minutes. Pour into a glass or metal container (including the spices) and let cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

To make the salted rim:

  • Cut a small notch into the cut side of the orange wedge. Stick the wedge onto the rim of the glass, inserting the rim into the notch, and run the wedge around the whole rim to make it evenly sticky.
  • Mix your salts in a small bowl that will just contain the rim of your glass. Holding the glass upside down, dip the rim into the salt, pushing the salt back and forth and rotating the salt so it evenly coats the inside and outside of the rim.

To make the margarita:

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the pumpkin, cider, tequila and spiced syrup (up to 2 tablespoons worth if you'd like it a little sweeter). Add 3-4 ice cubes and shake vigorously until cold.
  • Add ice to your glass and strain in the margarita. Add your apple slice and a cinnamon stick, if desired.

Notes

Pro tip: If you can get 100% natural spiced cider (meaning it's just apple cider and spices, no extra sugar or other ingredients), you can skip making the simple syrup! And then it'll be a 3-ingredient margarita - the cider, the pumpkin and the tequila (OK, plus the salt rim if you want that).
To make 6 drinks: In a pitcher, combine 2 cups apple cider, 1.5 cups tequila and 1/2 cup pumpkin puree. Strain in all of the spiced syrup, discarding the whole spices. Whisk until blended. You can also mix everything in a blender. Cover (with plastic wrap, if necessary) and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
When ready to serve, add your 1/4 cup of the sea salt and smoked sea salt to a small bowl. Proceed with the recipe.
The syrup can be stored, with the spices in it, for up to 2 weeks.
For the apple, I like Fuji or Honeycrisp if I want it a little sweeter, Granny Smith if I don't.
If the smoked sea salt is course, grind it up in a mortar and pestle, spice grinder or mini-food processor until almost as fine as the salt

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