Simple Sundays | Green Apple Margarita

Green Apple Margarita | Kitchen Confidante

The weather in the Bay Area has been just as resistant to autumn as I have. Perhaps even more. I have slowly warmed up to cozy thoughts of warm soups and stews, and cuddly sweaters, baked apples and pumpkin muffins. But the weather has not been cooperating. Today temperatures are headed to triple digits where I live.

But as we head into October, I found a lip smacking way to bridge the seasons and enjoy the amazing green apples in the markets. Join me in raising a glass to greet autumn with a Green Apple Margarita!

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Part of the fun of enjoying a margarita is making one. Muddle the flavors of sharp green apple with fresh limes and it’s a perfect way to say so long summer…hello autumn! Cheers!

Green Apple Margarita | Kitchen Confidante

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Green Apple Margarita

Yield: Serves 1.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

This lip smacking version of a margarita is perfect with all those autumn apples...and reminds me of those green apple Jolly Ranchers!


1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 limes, divided
1 green apple
2 tablespoons agave nectar
2 ounces tequila (100% agave silver or blanco)
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1 cup ice cubes


Place kosher salt in a saucer. Prepare a glass by slicing one lime in half and rubbing the cut edge over the rim of the glass. Lightly dip it into the salt.

Juice the halved lime. You should have about 2 ounces. Pour into a cocktail shaker. Cut the other lime into eights and add to the shaker.

Core and slice the green apple into cubes and place in a blender and puree. Put into the shaker. If you have a juicer, that would be even better.

Place agave nectar into the shaker and use a muddler to squeeze the limes and apple for about 2 minutes. Pour the extracted juice through the shaker strainer into the shaker lid. Discard the solids and return the juice into the shaker.

Pour tequila, Cointreau and ice cubes into shaker, cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour through the strainer into prepared glass. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Margarita, by Alton Brown, via Food Network.

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by Liren Baker on September 30, 2012

19 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Green Apple Margarita”

  1. Jean September 30, 2012 @ 9:58 am (#

    Ooh, this cocktail sounds so refreshing! I think green apple flavored anything automatically gets my vote but this one gets two thumbs up!

  2. Barbara | Creative Culinary September 30, 2012 @ 11:35 am (#

    Sounds fabulous Liren…for years I left margaritas at the end of summer; it’s great to think of flavors reminiscent of the season as a way to keep them in my repertoire.

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 30, 2012 @ 12:25 pm (#

    Oh, I need a large one of these margaritas to keep me company by the pool today :).

  4. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} September 30, 2012 @ 3:57 pm (#

    Sooooo loving this cocktail and perfect ode to the beginning of Fall! I just picked up some pumpkin ice cream from Trader Joes today, so I know Fall is here. :-) Loving your photos!!!!

    • liren replied: — October 4th, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

      I LOVE that pumpkin ice cream, Lisa! It’s perfect on these warm autumn days!

  5. Margaret at The Right Recipe September 30, 2012 @ 4:40 pm (#

    My favorite Cucumber Margarita doesn’t feel right in October. Glad to have a new recipe to try. Thanks!

  6. Eileen September 30, 2012 @ 5:57 pm (#

    I am having one of these right this second, and it is very tasty indeed. Hooray! Thank you!

    • liren replied: — October 4th, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Eileen! Cheers :)

  7. Malorie Harris September 30, 2012 @ 7:40 pm (#

    Hi there!
    That has to be the most beautiful margarita glass I’ve ever seen. Where can I get a set?

    • liren replied: — October 4th, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

      Hi Malorie! My husband found these glasses, actually, and they really are gorgeous. I’m not sure the maker, as it is handmade from Mexico without a mark, but he found it at our local gourmet market called Draeger’s. They have an amazing homegoods department, I’m sure if you called them they may be able to help!

  8. Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal September 30, 2012 @ 7:47 pm (#

    Oooh, i love R-Rated recipe like this. ;D So loving it and definitely need it for today’s weather in the Bay Area.

  9. Allison October 1, 2012 @ 7:16 am (#

    Yummy! I’m not a big tequila fan, but this sounds delicious! I’d probably add a drizzle of caramel sauce or a splash of caramel apple schnapps for a little extra sweetness. :)

  10. Julie @White Lights on Wednesday October 1, 2012 @ 7:22 am (#

    This margarita sounds amazing. I love that tart, sweet green apple taste with tequila. I’m sharing your cocktail as this week’s Food Porn Friday side bar feature on my blog. I can’t wait to try this margarita!

  11. Brian October 1, 2012 @ 8:09 am (#

    2 oz of tequila? Yes please! I’m ready for one of these babies!

  12. foodwanderings October 1, 2012 @ 7:55 pm (#

    Ooh Liren, I absolutely love Margaritas and I can see how I would love the green apple one as well as it will still maintain it’s sour edge! Long time my friend. I hope all is well! :)

  13. Fred October 2, 2012 @ 10:30 am (#

    That glass looks so nice, so does the drink.

  14. Russell van Kraayenburg October 2, 2012 @ 3:57 pm (#

    Mmm. This looks like the perfect margarita!

  15. Vijitha October 3, 2012 @ 12:14 pm (#

    Wow! Loved the first shot. It looks like a magazine cover.

    • liren replied: — October 4th, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

      Vijitha, that is such a lovely compliment, thank you!

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