Spiced Apple Margarita
2 ounces reposado tequila
1½ to 2 ounces apple juice or cider, preferably organic
¾ ounce fresh lime juice (about 1 medium lime, juiced)
1 teaspoon honey simple syrup (recipe below) or ¾ teaspoon agave nectar
Dash ground cinnamon
Honey Simple Syrup
¼ cup honey
¼ cup water
Rim and Garnish
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Garnish: 1 star of anise per drink
- First, prepare the honey simple syrup by combining the water and honey in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat, stirring frequently, just until the honey is dissolved in the water. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
- On a small plate, use a fork to blend the sugar, salt and cinnamon. Run a wedge of lime around the top of each drinking glass, then turn the glass down at a 45-degree angle and roll the top of the glass through the cinnamon, sugar and salt blend. Fill the glasses with ice and set them aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Feel free to make 2 to 3 drinks at once. Pour in the tequila, apple juice or cider, lime juice, honey simple syrup and cinnamon. Put on the lid and shake the cocktail for about 20 seconds. Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass(es) and add a star of anise if you'd like.
Recipe and photo via Cookie + Kate