Spooky Little Cocktail: Sour Apple Margarita

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This is the easiest margarita recipe ever. My mom has been making it for as long as I can remember, and when I needed a simple recipe to make sour apple margaritas for Halloweenie Roast, this was my go-to.

There is no fancy measuring. It’s ridiculously easy to double, triple or more for big batches. You can easily customize it for any flavor margarita you want to make. And it’s tart and delicious every single time – exactly what this Texas girl loves in a good margarita.

Since Halloweenie Roast 2017 was a villains theme, I decided we needed the perfect sour apple cocktail to enjoy. Margaritas are always big crowd-pleasers with my friends, so I added in a healthy dose of sour apple liqueur, and we were ready to party the night away like the true villains we secretly are!

Here is my recipe for this easy sour apple margarita:

Spooky Little Cocktail: Sour Apple Margarita
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This is the easiest margarita recipe you'll ever find! The measuring is fool-proof, it is easy to make for a crowd and you can customize your cocktail with any fruit-flavored liqueur you like. Here's how to make Spooky Little Halloween's sour apple margarita.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Spooky Little Cocktail: Sour Apple Margarita
Print Recipe
This is the easiest margarita recipe you'll ever find! The measuring is fool-proof, it is easy to make for a crowd and you can customize your cocktail with any fruit-flavored liqueur you like. Here's how to make Spooky Little Halloween's sour apple margarita.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Pour one can of defrosted limeade into pitcher.
  2. Measure 1/2 can of tequila and add to pitcher.
  3. Measure 1/4 can of triple sec and add to pitcher.
  4. Measure 1/2 can of sour apple liqueur and add to pitcher. (Add more to taste, if desired.)
  5. Measure 1/2 - 3/4 can of water and add to pitcher. (Add based on taste.)
  6. Mix all ingredients well and refrigerate until well-chilled, if desired.
  7. To make garnish, wash one green apple, one lime and one jalapeno. Use a mandoline slicer (I just bought one very similar to this) to cut fruit and jalapeno into thin slices. Use caution when slicing as mandoline blades are VERY sharp.
  8. To assemble sour apple margarita, add ice to glass if desired. Pour margarita mix into glass. Top with desired garnishes, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If you wish to make your margaritas frozen, mix margaritas in a blender (mine is great for blended drinks but no longer made - this version is comparable though). Use limeade frozen instead of defrosted, and replace water with 2-3 handfuls of ice. Adjust the amount of ice to the thickness desired from drink.

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How to make sour apple margaritas, step-by-step:

As always, I start by gathering up my ingredients. That includes limeade, tequila, triple sec, sour apple liqueur, water (not pictured because without fail I always forget one item for these photos) and a bowl of apples, limes and a jalapeno.

You’ll also want to grab a pitcher in which to mix up your margaritas. I was excited to finally use some of the goodies I picked up for blog posts last Halloween season.

And because I know y’all will ask, here are my sources:

  • I found the pitcher at HomeGoods
  • The glasses were scored for 70% off at Michaels just a few days before Halloween
  • The trick or treat banner in the background is from Spirit Halloween

First, we’ll pour in our defrosted can of limeade. Just a reminder, if you want to make frozen margaritas keep your limeade frozen and use a blender to mix. (Mine is great for blended drinks but no longer made – this version is comparable if you’re looking for one!)

Hang on to your limeade can because we’re going to use it to measure the rest of our ingredients.

Haunted house on the swamp…the limeade swamp.

Next, measure 1/2 can of tequila, then pour into pitcher. I like silver 100% agave tequilas (I’m also a sucker for Exotico’s label), but you can use whatever you like.

Then measure 1/4 can of triple sec and pour into pitcher.

Measure 1/2 can of sour apple liqueur and add to pitcher. You may want to add more to taste.

Finally, add 1/2 – 3/4 can of water (to taste). If you are making frozen margaritas, replace water with 2-3 handfuls of ice.

Mix it up, then chill your margarita mix until you’re ready to serve.

Now we’ll grab the green apples, limes and jalapeno for garnishes. These are totally optional – esp. the jalapenos if you don’t like to live dangerously with your cocktails. In my inspiration post for Halloweenie Roast 2017, I shared how much I liked a lime green cocktail with an apple slice floating in it, so I decided to do the same for my sour apple margs!

You can use a knife and slice these up any way you want, but I like the look of thinly sliced fruit for this particular drink so I bought a mandoline to prep my garnishes. (This is a folding version of the one I have.)

To start, I cut off a small edge of my apple to give it a flat surface…mostly because I was terrified of slicing my fingers. 😂 But it helped the process go smoothly, especially for the limes which have a thicker skin.

Slice until you have enough garnishes of each.

I included jalapenos because I live in Texas and we like our margaritas spicy sometimes! Jalapeno margaritas have been appearing on menus like crazy the last few years, and adding a bit of spice to this drink takes it to another level.

Now to assemble! Grab your glasses…

And your pitcher of margaritas.

Pour, garnish and enjoy!

Looking for more Halloween cocktails?

Find more recipes right here on the blog. Then head over to Pinterest and be sure to follow my Halloween Cocktails & Drinks board. Cheers!

Happy haunting,

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Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

Miranda is the Houston-based writer, blogger and Halloween lover behind Spooky Little Halloween, the blog celebrating October 31st all year long. She is addicted to pumpkin guts, witches’ brews, skulls and all things spooky and celebrates her favorite day of the year with her annual party, Halloweenie Roast, each October.

4 Comments

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    Candace Jedrowicz

    March 27, 2018

    Oh my! My mouth is watering!

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    Chelsea Celaya

    June 5, 2018

    I’m so giving this a go! So simple. I really love how you can change the serving size in the recipe too! Perfect for making a single serving or for a big batch!

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