One of the reasons we love margaritas so much is that there are endless variations! Each season allows numerous ways in which you can bring your creativity to life through a margarita. We can think of at least ten ways to make a fall themed margarita, but we have come to love this apple cider mezcal margarita! A drink that captures the flavors of fall in every sip. This unique twist on the classic margarita combines the rich smoky notes of mezcal with the crisp sweet tang of fresh apple cider. Whether you’re gathered with friends around a bonfire or simply enjoying a quiet evening, this cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to the changing seasons. Get ready to embrace the cozy vibes of fall in a glass! Make sure to check out our suggested pairing below!

how to make an apple cider mezcal margarita


  • 2 oz mezcal
  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice 
  • ½ oz triple sec
  • dash of agave
  • apple slice, for garnish
  • cinnamon stick, for garnish

fall salted rim:

  • ½ t salt
  • ½ t ground ginger
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ½ t brown sugar


On a plate add all fall salted rim ingredients and stir to combine. Coat the rim of your glass with the inside of a lime wedge and then dip into the fall salt mixture.

In a cocktail shaker add mezcal, apple cider, fresh lime juice, triple sec, agave, and ice. Shake vigorously. Then strain into final glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Cin Cin!

apple cider mezcal margarita


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We have split opinions on whether or not a salted rim is necessary on margaritas, but one thing we both agree on is using quality salt every time. You don’t want to be mixing the processed salt in your cocktails. That is why we always recommend using a trusted salt brand. We have come to love all of the products from the San Francisco Salt Co. They have quality salts and great flavors! For the fall rim, we used their sea salt for this apple cider mezcal margarita.

suggested pairing for an apple cider mezcal margarita

This fall themed mezcal margarita is smokey, refreshing and pairs well with our gluten-free pumpkin carrot muffins. The margarita complements the earthy spiced flavors of gluten-free muffins. The mezcal’s depth adds a layer of sophistication that balances with the muffins’ wholesome goodness. Together, they create a yummy autumn inspired pairing that enhances both the cocktail and the baked treat.

apple cider mezcal margarita


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We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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