This easy, guilt-free vegan spiced apple margarita gives vegans a reason to celebrate

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Yearning for an autumn-inspired drink that makes you giddy with excitement for the fall season? Sip on our vegan spiced apple margarita, inspired by Cookie and Kate, and you’ll want to go pick apples and drink this tongue-tantalizing cocktail all year round.

Margaritas make us giddy, anyway, but this vegan margarita recipe is especially exciting. Made with a tasty blend of apple and lime juices, reposado tequila, agave, and a dash of cinnamon, each sip is an autumn party in your mouth. Making this holiday drink even more lip-licking good is the lime juice, coconut sugar, and salt mixture that garnishes the rim of the glass. From the moment your lips meet the glass to the last margarita swallow, you get to enjoy a mouthwatering medley of festive fall flavors.

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And, if that weren’t enough to entice you to the bar, this recipe is vegan! Our spiced apple margarita is made with ethical alcohol and vegan-friendly ingredients. Aren’t all margaritas vegan-friendly? Unfortunately, most margaritas are made with sugar and some are made with honey. Cane sugar can contain animal bone char, depending on how it is processed, and honey is considered unethical by vegans because it comes from bees, an animal. To be safe, agave nectar and coconut sugar are ideal sweeteners for vegan recipes such as this one.

Let’s drink, already!

Now is your chance to be a margarita master. If you’ve never made a margarita, you’re going to love this vegan spiced apple margarita recipe. Though margaritas are a bit more complicated than cocktails that are simply shaken and strained into a glass, we’re going to help you become a margarita-making pro.

A vegan word about tequila. Most distilled alcoholic drinks, such as tequila, are vegan-friendly but there are anomalies. Do your research on individual brands to ensure that your tequila or any alcoholic drink is ethically produced.

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Add water and agave nectar into a saucepan

First, make a simple syrup using agave nectar, also called agave syrup, a sweetener made from the agave plant. Agave nectar is sweeter than granulated white sugar and can be substituted for sugar or honey in many recipes. To make a simple syrup, combine the agave nectar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Warm, stirring often, until the agave and water are combined. This will be the sweetener for your vegan margarita.

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Roll rim of cocktail glass in cinnamon mixture

Next up? The rim blend. On a small plate, mix together coconut sugar, sea salt, and ground cinnamon. Use the lime wedge to moisten the rim of a cocktail glass. Turn the glass upside down and, at a 45-degree angle, roll the moist rim in the sugar, salt and cinnamon mixture. Carefully fill this glass with ice without knocking off the rim blend and set it aside.

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Shake cocktail ingredients together with ice before straining into glass

Now it’s margarita time! Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, apple juice or cider, lime juice, agave simple syrup and a dash of cinnamon. Shake vigorously then strain the margarita into your prepared glass. Garnish your drink with a star of anise and a thin slice of apple.

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This gorgeous drink is perfect for fall!

You did it! You’ve officially made a vegan spiced apple margarita. Drink up!

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The cinnamon make the spice just right

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You had no clue a vegan margarita could be this good!

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Drink up! Then grab another

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Vegan spiced apple margarita

Yield 1 serving


Agave nectar simple syrup

  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup water

Rim blend

  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Vietnamese cinnamon
  • Lime wedge


  • 2 ounces reposado tequila
  • 1-1/2 to 2 ounces apple juice or apple cider
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon agave simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • Garnish
  • 1 star of anise
  • Thin slice of apple


Agave simple syrup

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the water and agave nectar.
  2. Warm, stirring frequently, just until the water and agave are completely combined.
  3. Remove the saucepan from heat and set it aside to cool.

Rim blend

  1. On a small plate, use a fork to blend the sugar, salt and cinnamon together.
  2. Run a wedge of lime around the top of a glass, then turn the glass down at a 45-degree angle and roll the top of the glass through the sugar, salt and cinnamon blend to coat the rim.
  3. Fill the glass with ice and set aside.


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in tequila, apple juice or cider, lime juice, agave simple syrup and cinnamon.
  3. Put the lid on the shaker and shake the cocktail vigorously for about 20 seconds.
  4. Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass.
  5. Garnish with a star of anise and a fresh apple slice.

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