Instead of making you wish you were sitting on a beach, this Apple Ginger Margarita will make you wish you were sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table! Made with apple cider, ginger simple syrup, tequila, and apple brandy, it's a delightful fall cocktail.
Welcome to another edition of Cocktail Monday. You see, I’m in a bit of a predicament over here. I have WAY too many fall and Thanksgiving type recipes and only like a couple days to post them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty proud of myself for having an arsenal of recipe made. I’m just not so proud of myself for legit falling asleep at my computer every night, sometimes with just five words written on an otherwise blank document. Especially on Friday nights. Not only does that in itself necessitate a cocktail, but also... this cocktail would be perfect for your Thanksgiving celebration.
We have a lot to celebrate this week. The best holiday ever is happening! And only three days of work!! And lots of Internet shopping!! Pajamas!! So, so much pajama time. Wait, did I mention the food? One of my “jobs” is to bring the cocktails (best job ever). If that’s your job, too, I’d like to highly recommend this Apple Ginger Margarita. It’s everything you’d want in a margarita… But perfect for the Thanksgiving season. Margaritas generally make me wish I was sitting on the beach somewhere, but this one makes me wish I was sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table. That’s a pretty realistic wish to come true this time of year, so I’m going with it.
APPLE GINGER MARGARITA RECIPE
I didn’t take a single photo of this cocktail-making process. It must have been because it was so ridiculously simple. Just trust me on that. Then again, I could (and maybe do?) make simple syrup in my sleep, I’ve made it so many times before. If there was such a thing as simple syrup addiction, I’d actually be kind of worried about myself. But I’m going to argue that it’s totally different than a sugar addiction and just let myself continue down the path of self-destruction. It’s not like I’m drinking it with a straw or anything, right?? But really, who knows what I do in my sleep.
Anyway, this ginger simple syrup will take you 10 minutes to do. But with only about 1 minute of actually doing anything. All you have to do is bring the sugar, water, and ginger to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove mixture from heat, strain ginger out, and pour into a jar or bowl. Let cool. And try not to drink it with a straw.
For the rest of the drink, I strongly recommend rimming the glass with cinnamon. Brush a little simple syrup on (or honey or even just water) and it will stick perfectly.
Fill the glasses with some ice and then put more ice into a cocktail shaker. Also add the half the apple cider, ginger simple syrup, tequila, and apple brandy and shake. Pour the apple margarita into a glass. Repeat for the second drink. If you’re in the mood, I recommend topping with some chopped apples and sprinkling a little more cinnamon over the top.
For all the apple recipes I posted this season, I’m honestly sad about how little apple cider I drank. Now I’m nervous I’m going to spend the next 8 months seriously depressed that I didn’t take full advantage of this season. Does that mean I need to make these apple margaritas 14 more times within the next week? Probably.
Apple Brandy is also going down as one of my best new discoveries of 2014. I’m sure it will be back with a vengeance in 2015. Does 2015 look weird to you? Since I do so much planning at work, I’m actually having a hard time not writing it. But that doesn’t mean it’s not totally weird-sounding. It also means I graduated from college 10 years ago. Ouch.
Welp, now I feel like I need about 12 apple ginger margaritas to forget that fact.
Thanksgiving also used to be the time where I’d head home to meet up with everyone from high school. But now it’s the time where I go to my parents’ house and sit on the couch in my pajamas and just stalk everyone from high school on Facebook. Just kidding; I’m totally not a stalker. And I’m on Facebook SO much at work that I rarely use it personally anymore. Unless someone has a really, really cute baby.
I’d rather sit on my parents’ couch drinking one of these margaritas than have a bad drink at a crowded bar packed with people I haven’t seen for 13 years for a reason. Actually, I’d rather sit on my parents’ couch drinking one of these margaritas than most things.
Can you blame me? Plus, apple ginger margaritas go really, really well with turkey.
Do you make a special cocktail every Thanksgiving?
I hope so. I'm pretty sure this apple ginger margarita will be on my Thanksgiving dinner table this year! Have I mentioned I can’t wait? Also, happy Thanksgiving week!!
If you're looking for more fall-themed cocktails, be sure to check out my recipes for Pumpkin Pie Martinis and Holiday Spiced Honeycrisp Apple Cocktails. I also love these Caramel Apple Vodka Martinis from Sense and Edibility!
Apple Ginger Margarita
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon, for rimming glasses
- Ice cubes
- 2 cups apple cider
- 2 oz. ginger simple syrup (recipe below)
- ⅓ cup silver (white) tequila
- 2 oz. apple brandy
- Chopped apples, optional for garnish
Ginger Simple Syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp sliced ginger
- Place cinnamon on a small plate. Brush water, simple syrup, or honey on the rim of the glasses and roll rims in cinnamon to coat.
- Fill glasses with ice and then put more ice into a cocktail shaker. Also add 1 cup apple cider, 1 oz. ginger simple syrup, half the tequila, and 1 oz. apple brandy to the shaker and shake well. Pour into a glass and repeat for the second drink.
- Top margaritas with chopped apples and cinnamon.
Ginger Simple Syrup
- In a medium sauce pan, bring sugar, water, and ginger to a boil. Once the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Remove mixture from heat, strain ginger out, and pour into a jar or bowl. Let cool.
That's a pretty funny post! Especially the "Plus, this goes really, really well with turkey" towards the end of the post. Practically an afterthought! And I agree -- there's something SO comforting about spending time back home with your parents over the holidays. I always loved waking up on holiday mornings -- my dad was an early riser and had coffee brewing and breakfast in the works. Those were the days! Happy Thanksgiving, Sues!
Culinary Flavors says
Such a beautiful drink and perfect for Thanksgiving! Happy holidays to you and your family!
Oh yes! That looks fabulous!
When I convince my family to let me host thanksgiving (hopefully next year!) then a themed cocktail is totally happening. I'm all for margaritas, and this sounds like the ultimate in fall flavors!
And I totally feel you on falling asleep at the computer. Like, every night.
Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says
This looks so good Sues! Definitely love the apple-ginger flavor combo!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
Is it 5 o'clock yet? I could already use a margarita and the week just started! Love the apple and ginger flavors!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
This margarita sounds fantastic, Sues! I love the apple and ginger combination. You really do have the best job of providing the drinks! And gorgeous pictures, too!
Oh wow! I was going to do a cranberry-rum drink, but now you are seriously tempting me with this amazing-sounding cocktail!
Cinnamon rim is so much better than a salt one! I love this marg!
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
I love hard cider based drinks. I'll be on the lookout for apple brandy on my next trip to the liquor store!
[email protected] says
margaritas are my favorite and i always order cocktails with ginger anything in them so i'm sending this to my husband so he can make! 🙂
Tandy | Lavender and Lime says
This sounds like a drink I would enjoy!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
These margaritas look great.. and SO perfect for the upcoming festive season!
Kitchen Belleicious says
now that is a drink and one that looks beautiful and i know tastes delicious
Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy says
oh my gosh YASSSS
Mary Frances says
These margaritas look divine! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Leah | So, How's It Taste? says
I love how perfect for Thanksgiving this cocktail is! I always try to do a fun cocktail for Thanksgiving. I keep seeing apple brandy in drinks and have never had it. Now I've got my excuse and your recipe to go buy some!