Spicy Apple Cider Margarita

Enjoy this delicious and easy recipe from Curious Elixirs' very own John Wiseman.

Spicy Apple Cider Margarita

Curious Elixirs Spicy Apple Cider Margarita


  • 3 ounces pepper + citrus shrub
  • 3 ounces fresh pressed apple cider
  • Soda water to taste
  • Cortland (or local) apple garnish


Bring 4 ounces of water and 1 medium serrano pepper (or large jalapeño), including seeds to a boil. Remove from heat. Steep 5 minutes. Strain. Add 4 ounces agave nectar. Stir to combine and let cool. Then add 3 ounces fresh lime juice, 1 ounce orange juice, 1 ounce organic distilled white vinegar*. (Makes shrub for 4 drinks)


Add pepper citrus shrub, then add apple cider and 5-7 ice cubes into a mixing glass or shaker.  Shake and strain into mason jar filled with ice. Top with 1-2 ounces of soda water and add Cortland (or Fuji) apple slice for garnish.  Serve with metal straw (one fewer thing to throw away)!

*Important caveat: some vinegars have trace amounts (1-2% ABV).  If you want to make 100% sure there's no alcohol in your drink, omit the vinegar when making your shrub.

RECIPE BY John Wiseman of Curious Elixirs, @johnwise