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Apple Cider Mezcalita

Here’s a fall twist to the refreshing summer margaritas! I made it with spiced cider from Trader Joe’s and Del Maguey Vida Mezcal. On the rim I added just a hint of habanero pepper powder to the cinnamon sugar for some added kick to the otherwise smooth and sweet cocktail. It’s a hit in my home!

Apple Cider Mezcalita

Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1



  • 1.5 oz Mezcal
  • 0.75 oz Orange liquor
  • 3 oz Apple cider
  • ½ Lime juiced


  • Lime wedge
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Sea salt flakes
  • 1 pinch Habanero pepper powder optional


  • Apple slice optional
  • Star anise optional
  • Cinnamon sticks optional


  • Rim your glass with the salt, cinnamon sugar and habanero pepper powder (if using). Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and coat in the mixture.
  • Combine the cocktail ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake to combine. Strain into the glass. Garnish with apple slice and star anise or cinnamon stick.


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