It’s almost here!! The countdown has begun. Only 8 days until Thanksgiving! I am over the moon and giddy with excitement. I love this holiday. All my favorite foods in abundance, my brother flying in from out of town, and all my family squeezing into one table that is so long you can barely see the other end. It is a day that I feel truly Thankful.
However, I know many people are not as blessed to have such a wonderful family and holidays where everyone must gather together creates stress and anxiety. Whether gathering with your family is a joyful celebration or a painful sentence this margarita IS your answer. Believe me!!
Typically I’m a traditional margarita girl. Rocks, no salt, nothing fancy. So I was very hesitant as I was creating this recipe, taking my traditional summer beverage and transition it into a fall flavored cocktail seemed risky.
But I’m so glad I took the risk cause now I can’t get enough. While the traditional margarita has a special place in my heart and nothing beats it while sitting on a patio in summer time, this apple cider margarita is a perfectly spiced cocktail that will warm you inside and out on a chilly fall evening.
Make these, your Thanksgiving will never be the same.
Apple Cider Margarita
2 ounces Tequila
½ ounce Grand Marnier
2 ounces Apple Cider Syrup (recipe below)
½ ounce Fresh squeezed lime juice
Cinnamon Sugar for rim
Apple Slices for garnish
Apple Cider Syrup
3 Cups Apple Cider
2 Cinnamon Stick
1 Cup sugar
Over medium heat in a saucepan simmer the apple cider, cinnamon and sugar. Stirring every couple minutes let the mixture reduce for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. When slightly cooled pour into a heatproof container and refrigerate until cold and ready to use.
To make the drink, begin by mixing some cinnamon and sugar on a small plate. Wet the edge of your serving glass and dip in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Fill glass with ice. Add the Tequila, Grand Marnier, Apple Cider and lime juice. Stir well. Garnish with apple slices. (Note: to keep apple slices from turning brown squeeze a generous amount of lime juice on each slice immediately after cutting it.)