Spiced Cider Margarita

Recipe by: Jerry James Stone | Written January 22, 2015

Here’s one drink you cannot get at the kiddie table! This Spiced Cider Margarita tastes just like fall… with tequila. Lot’s of tequila!

This recipe originally appeared on the Whole Foods Market Instagram feed. If you like this recipe, you should check out my cocktail book, Holidazed.


1 ounce Grand Marnier
2 ounces reposado tequila
8 ounces apple cider
⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground clove
Pinch freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch freshly grated ginger

Total Time:

5 minutes

5 minutes
1 awesome cocktail 
Recipe Type:
  1. Add 1 ounce Grand Marnier, 2 ounces reposado tequila, and 8 ounces apple cider to a mixing glass filled 1/3 full with crushed ice. 

    NOTE: The difference between apple cider and apple juice is confusing. Don't worry... it's not you. For example, companies like Martinelli's use the terms solely for marketing. On their website, they even admit that their "apple juice and cider are the same; the only difference is the label." Plus, there's just no legal standard. However, some states do have standards. Think of it this way, fresh cider is raw apple juice that has not been filtered and sometimes not even pasteurized. Apple juice is clear and always pasteurized. Oh, but outside the United States, cider usually refers to a fermented, alcoholic beverage, what we call hard cider.
  2. Add in 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, a pinch of clove, a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg, and a pinch of freshly grated ginger. Cover and shake the hell out of it 10 seconds. 

  3. Strain over ice in a sugar and cinnamon rimmed glass with a cinnamon stick and a dash of clove as garnish. 




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Jerry James Stone

Food pornographer, full-time vegetarian, pointy beard enthusiast, and I say 'hella' too much. Founder and creator of Cooking Stoned.

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