November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Margarita

I can't believe it's already Thanksgiving week!!  Here's a really fun cocktail to serve now through Christmas.  The girls over at Haute Apple Pie asked me to participate in their Virtual Thanksgiving and I brought the cocktails!!  
After doing a little research I found that cider and tequila is actually a traditional combination so this isn't too far out of left field!  
I would serve these in cocktail glasses for the ladies and highballs or tumblers for the men.  Of course rim the edges!
Rimming the Glass
Rimmed glasses are a fun & flavorful addition to cocktails. For this cocktail I ran the lemon wedge around the rim of the glass to make it wet, I then dipped the glass in the following mixture spread out on a plate:
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
zest of one orange
Optional garnish:
For a sliced apple garnish, place apple slices or wedges in a dish with cool water and the juice from half a lemon or lime. This will keep the apple from turning. Keep the dish at hand when making the cocktails.
Cranberry Cider Margarita (serves 1)
2 oz tequila – I like silver tequila
1/2 oz triple sec
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz fresh cider
Juice from 1/4 of an orange
In a cocktail shaker combine all of the ingredients with ice. Shake well. Pour into chilled rimmed glass and garnish. Enjoy!!


  1. In our family, bloody marys are the traditional cocktail to kick-off Thanksgiving... BUT we have all the ingredients at hand, so I do believe we'll also give your margarita a whirl!

  2. We typically don't have alcohol at family gatherings since the older crowd doesn't drink BUT I love the idea of mixing cider and cranberry juice. Will have to give this a try sometime. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous23.11.10

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  4. This margarita would definitely tempt me away from my usual glass of red wine. Gorgeous and - I'm sure - delicious!

  5. Anonymous25.11.10

    I'm in the boat with Anonymous #1 -- I dig the recipe, but let's try to evolve past ridiculous gender constructs when toasting the holidays.

  6. Thanks for all of the comments! I see that you guys take your cocktails and serving vessels quite serious :) By all means, I would never want to imply that women HAVE to drink from one type of glass and men another. The suggestion of serving this cocktail in a martini glass is just that, a suggestion. So with this said pour yourself a cocktail in whatever glass you'd like and be merry...

  7. what a delicious blog! here is so many inspirations!

    have a nice time,

  8. Well why does gender come between us and the cocktails...Just enjoy the cocktail

  9. Well, I'm a bit late for Thanksgiving, but I will definitely give this one a try!~love the color!