Few food and drink pairings say summer quite like a pitcher of margaritas and bowl of guacamole. The tequila-based cocktail is without a doubt the unofficial alcoholic drink of summer. But just because the season has faded into autumn doesn’t mean you have to give up your marg-drinking ways.
In fact, far from it: Tieghan Gerard, the mastermind behind whole food cooking blog Half Baked Harvest—who released her first cookbook last month—has come up with a genius way to craft the drink using fall’s finest ingredients, while still keeping the margarita spirit—pun intended.
Her apple cider-based version tastes like the classic tequila cocktail you know and love, only you’ll have the urge to sip it next to a campfire at a log cabin in the woods. (Which makes sense because Gerard legit lives in a converted horse barn in Colorado. Is there anything more fall than that?)
“I was inspired by the flavors of fall to create a drink using apple cider and warming, smoky mezcal,” Gerard says. “The cider adds a nice sweetness as well as brings in the flavors of autumn apples, and the mezcal adds a touch of smokiness that warms the drink up a bit.” Hungry? She likes to nosh on roasted pumpkin seed hummus while she sips.
Here, she shares the recipe so you can make a big ol’ batch when your friends come over. After all, it’s getting chilly out: Why go battle the bar when you can stay home and sip on these delish cocktails instead?
Scroll down for Tieghan Gerard’s smoky apple cider margarita recipe and to watch a video of exactly how to whip up a batch.
Smoky apple cider margarita
Yields 4-6 servings
1. Fill a pitcher with ice. Add in the mezcal or tequila, apple cider, fresh lime juice, and agave.
2. Stir well. Garnish with an apple slice.