5 Min Caramel Apple Cider Margaritas: Easy Fall Cocktail!

One of my favorite treats as a kid were caramel apples. Tart, juicy apples, wrapped in sweet caramel and candies always made for the perfect treat! As an adult, a caramel apple cider margarita is the boozy cocktail alternative to the classic candy treat.

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Why Youโ€™ll Love This Recipe

A caramel apple cider margarita puts a fall spin on a classic cocktail. The tart apple and margarita citrus notes balance with the sweet cider and caramel liquor to create flavors perfect for fall.

This cocktail is so easy to throw together. Itโ€™s great by the glass or by the pitcher, making it an ideal choice for entertaining around the fall. I love to mix up a pitcher for Thanksgiving guests, but itโ€™s also great after apple picking!

With just a few ingredients (plus a lot of alternatives to make life easier) and 5 minutes, youโ€™ll have the perfect way to enjoy your caramel apple from a glass. I definitely prefer it to picking sticky caramel out of my teeth!

two glasses of caramel apple cider margaritas with slices of fresh apple and cinnamon sticks

Ingredients List

ingredients to make caramel apple cider margaritas

One Caramel Apple Cider Margarita

  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 2 ounce Baileys caramel liquor (regular or salted caramel)
  • 1 ounce prepared sour mix
  • 3 ounces apple cider
  • Ice cubes

For a Pitcher (Serves 4-6)

  • ยฝ cup tequila
  • 1 cup Baileys caramel liquor
  • ยฝ cup prepared sour mix
  • 3-4 cups apple cider (depending on preferred strength)
  • Ice cubes

For the Rim (Optional):

  • 2 tsp sugar (granulated white or brown sugar)
  • ยฝ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Apple slice

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • I use blanco tequila but you can use any white, silver, or gold tequila you like
  • Instead of the caramel Baileys, you may also use Crown salted caramel whiskey, or a caramel vodka such as Smirnoff. Using vodka or whiskey will make the drink stronger, so you may want to reduce it to 1 ounce, or add more cider to balance the strength out
  • If you donโ€™t have sour mix, you may use lime juice, or sour apple pucker liquor instead (but itโ€™s not really a margarita without some kind of sour citrus component!)
  • Garnish ideas include a cinnamon stick, apple slice, and a cinnamon sugar rim

Step By Step Preparation

  1. (Optional) To rim your margarita glasses, rub a slice of apple around the top edge to wet them, then press the top onto a plate with the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat
rim your margarita glass with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar
  1. To a shaker (or a mason jar if you donโ€™t have a shaker), add the tequila, Baileys, sour mix, and apple cider, along with 2-3 ice cubes
add your ingredients to the shaker for the apple cider margarita topped with ice cubes
  1. Shake for 30 seconds, then strain into your margarita glass filled with ice
shake and strain the apple cider margarita in a glass
  1. Garnish with a slice of apple or a cinnamon stick, if desired and enjoy!
overhead view of two glasses filled with caramel apple cider margaritas and fresh fruit surrounding

Pitcher Directions

  1. Mix all margarita ingredients (not including the ice) into a pitcher and stir. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, pouring over a glass of ice to serve when ready

What to Serve With Caramel Apple Cider Margaritas

Appetizers and Snacks

  • Salsa and chips
  • Bruschetta
  • Brie
  • Cheese and crackers (cheddar, gruyere, camembert)
  • Salted nuts
  • Pretzels

Some salty Air Fryer Frozen Soft Pretzels or Microwave Chocolate Dipped Pretzels would be the perfect accompaniment!

Entrees and Sides

  • Spinach salad
  • Brats
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Vegetable soup
  • Chicken soup
  • Ham
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Roast pork (with apples)
  • Savory crepes
  • Risotto
  • Grilled cheese
  • Turkey

My Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Brats, Air Fryer Chicken Soup, Air Fryer Ham and Cheese Quiche, Air Fryer Ham and Cheese Sliders, and Air Fryer Vegetable Soup are all wonderful choices!

Desserts

  • Lemon tart
  • Dark chocolate
  • Ice cream
  • Apple desserts
  • Pecan pie
  • Donuts
  • Pear desserts
  • Ginger cookies
  • Toffeeย 

Try my Caramel Toffee Scones, Air Fryer Apple Crisp, Air Fryer Gingerbread Cookies, or Air Fryer Aldi Donut Sticks for some great options!

Recipe FAQs

Can I Make a Non-Alcoholic Version of Caramel Apple Cider Margaritas?

Yes, you can certainly make a non-alcoholic mocktail version of caramel apple cider margaritas. To do so, skip the tequila and Baileys, and instead use apple cider, a shot of caramel syrup, fresh lime juice or sour mix, and a splash of sparkling apple juice or ginger beer.

This way, you can enjoy the delightful apple and caramel flavors without the alcohol.

Whatโ€™s the Best Type of Apple Cider to Use in This Recipe?

The best apple cider for caramel apple cider margaritas is freshly pressed or unfiltered apple cider. It provides a more robust and authentic apple flavor.

If you prefer a smoother texture, you can also use clear apple juice, but cider is recommended for a richer taste.

Are There Garnishes to Enhance the Presentation of These Margaritas?

Yes, there are several garnishes you can use to enhance the presentation of your caramel apple margaritas. Beyond the classic apple slices, you can garnish your margaritas with a drizzle of caramel sauce or a cinnamon stick.

These extra touches not only make your margaritas look more appealing but also add delightful flavors and aromas to each sip.

Are There Any Creative Flavor Variations I Can Try With These Margaritas?

Absolutely! You can explore various flavor twists by adding spices like cinnamon or nutmeg for a spiced version.

Another option is infusing the tequila with apple slices for a more intense apple essence. Get creative and tailor your margaritas to your taste preferences.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • For a frozen caramel apple margarita, place the ingredients and the ice into a blender. Blend until smooth, then pour into your rimmed glasses and enjoy!
  • You may also rim your glasses using caramel sauce instead of the apple to add more caramel flavor. I just find that itโ€™s a lot messier that way
delicious caramel apple cider margarita in a glass with a slice of apple and a cinnamon stick on the rim

Storage and Serving Tips

  • You can mix your margaritas in a pitcher up to 72 hours in advance and mix well. Then, simply add ice to individual glasses and pour to serve!
  • Glassware. Serve caramel apple margaritas in margarita glasses (regular or stemless), stemless wine glasses, a mason jar, or a rocks glass

More Fall Margarita Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

If youโ€™re looking for a fall twist on a classic cocktail, this caramel apple cider margarita checks all the boxes. It has sweet caramel, tangy apple, warm spices, and traditional margarita flavors all rolled into one delicious drink.

With just 4 required ingredients (and ice) and a lot of alternatives to choose from, itโ€™s a simple drink to make. In just 5 minutes, youโ€™ll have the perfect cocktail for all your fall entertaining.

Whether itโ€™s Thanksgiving, watching the game, or just kicking back after a day of apple picking or raking leaves, thereโ€™s no wrong time for a caramel apple margarita!

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Easy Caramel Apple Cider Margarita

This easy caramel apple cider margarita recipe requires just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to throw together. Itโ€™s sweet, tart, and bursting with caramel apple flavor thatโ€™s perfect for fall!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 1
Calories 706 kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring cup (liquid)
  • Shaker (or mason jar with lid)
  • Margarita glass (or similar)

Ingredients
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  • 1 Ounce tequila (white, light, or gold)
  • 2 Ounces Baileys caramel liquor (regular or salted caramel)
  • 1 Ounce prepared sour mix
  • 3 Ounces apple cider
  • Ice cubes

Optional Rim

  • 2 Tsp sugar (granulated or brown)
  • ยฝ Tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Apple slice

Instructions
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  • (Optional) To rim your margarita glasses, rub a slice of apple around the top edge to wet them, then press the top onto a plate with the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat
    2 Tsp sugar, ยฝ Tsp cinnamon, Apple slice, Pinch of salt
  • To a shaker (or a mason jar if you donโ€™t have a shaker), add the tequila, Baileys, sour mix, and apple cider, along with 2-3 ice cubes
    1 Ounce tequila, 2 Ounces Baileys caramel liquor, 1 Ounce prepared sour mix, 3 Ounces apple cider, Ice cubes
  • Shake for 30 seconds, then strain into your margarita glass filled with ice
  • Garnish with a slice of apple or a cinnamon stick, if desired and enjoy!

Notes

  • I use blanco tequila but you can use any white, silver, or gold tequila
  • Instead of the caramel Baileys, you may also use Crown salted caramel whiskey, or a caramel vodka such as Smirnoff. Using vodka or whiskey will make the drink stronger, so you may want to reduce it to 1 ounce, or add more cider to balance the strength out (it will also be less opaque in appearance this way)
  • If you donโ€™t have sour mix, you may use lime juice, or sour apple pucker liquor instead (but itโ€™s not really a margarita without some kind of sour citrus component!)
  • Garnish ideas include a cinnamon stick, apple slice, and a cinnamon sugar rim
  • For a frozen caramel apple margarita, place the ingredients and the ice into a blender. Blend until smooth, then pour into your rimmed glasses and enjoy!
  • You may also rim your glasses using caramel sauce instead of the apple to add more caramel flavor. I just find that itโ€™s a lot stickier that way
  • You can mix your margaritas in a pitcher up to 72 hours in advance and mix well. Then, simply add ice to individual glasses and pour to serve!
  • Glassware. Serve caramel apple margaritas in margarita glasses (regular or stemless), stemless wine glasses, a mason jar, or a rocks glass
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 819gCalories: 706kcalCarbohydrates: 114.5gProtein: 0.1gFat: 8.7gSaturated Fat: 5.2gSodium: 67mgPotassium: 589mgSugar: 105.1gCalcium: 1mgIron: 2mg
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