These APPLE GINGER MARGARITAS are a perfect way to celebrate the holidays!
I am a beer girl thru and thru. Just give me a stout, a lager and a pale ale and I am one happy girl. There are times, however where I like to change things up and make some sort of mixed drink. When these moods strike, I gravitate towards something like a sangria or even a mojito. I love margaritas too, but I rarely make them at home.
All the jugs of apple cider I have been seeing everywhere have totally inspired me to make a festive, fall flavored apple margarita. I took some of that tart apple cider from the grocery store, combined it with homemade ginger simple syrup, a little Triple Sec, a little tequila, apples and cinnamon to make the best apple ginger margarita you’ve ever tasted!
A note on the simple syrup; simple syrup is water and sugar that are heated in a saucepan until the sugar completely dissolves. I added fresh ginger root to this batch of syrup, but you could literally flavor your syrup with anything. You could orange rinds, lemons, vanilla, cloves, mint or keep it plain. Simple syrup is fabulous in cocktails but also works in ice teas and lemonades.
I hope you enjoy!
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For the syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 oz fresh ginger
- 1 ½ tablespoon ginger simple syrup recipe below
- 1 tablespoons triple sec
- 2 tablespoons tequila
- 8 oz apple cider
- crushed ice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- apple slices for garnish
- For the syrup, combine water, sugar and ginger in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved and mixture has thickened. This could take 30-45 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer and allow syrup to cool completely.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine syrup, triple sec, tequila, apple cider and ice. Shake for 30 seconds.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon on a plate. Dip the rims of two glasses in a splash of water followed by the cinnamon sugar mixture. Pour margaritas into each glass and garnish with apple slices.
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