Bottles of Tequila and Cointreau Liqueur, apple cider, and pear juice, with a mixed drink in the middle, garnished with a cinnamon stick and an apple wedge.

Naughty Autumn Cocktail (Thanksgiving Margarita)

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Naughty Autumn Cocktail

Thanksgiving Margarita

Naughty Autumn….it rolls off the tongue and sounds like a calling we all should explore! This particular brand of Autumn naughtiness comes courtesy of our mischievous friend, Tequila, and her feisty French ally, Cointreau. Together with the unbeatable Fall flavors of apple and pear, this cocktail embodies all of the best tastes of the season…and keeps the Autumn chill at bay with a warm and welcome buzz.

Let’s get Fall rolling right! Invite your friends over to enjoy a batch of these easy Thanksgiving Margaritas, and some warm Cuss Kitchen® appetizers. Decompress and have a few laughs while you take a break from seasonal pumpkin overload, and the hectic end-of-year pace. Say a collective NO to premature holiday commercials and the pressures of perfecting the season.  And just like that, you’re taking the edge off — Naughty Autumn style!



  • Unsweetened Apple Cider
  • Unsweetened Pear Juice
  • Tequila
  • Cointreau
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Simple syrup
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Apple wedges or Orange slices


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Thanksgiving Margarita

Bottles of Tequila and Cointreau Liqueur, apple cider, and pear juice, with a mixed drink in the middle, garnished with a cinnamon stick and an apple wedge.
5 from 136 votes

Naughty Autumn Cocktail (aka Thanksgiving Margarita)

A smooth Margarita cocktail featuring the Fall flavors of apple, pear, and cinnamon
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cider Cocktail, cointreau, Fall Cocktail, Fall Margarita, Manik Tequila, tequila, Thanksgiving Cocktail
Yield: 2
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Pumpkin V


  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 4 Ounces Unsweetened Apple Cider
  • 4 Ounces Unsweetened Pear Juice
  • 3 Ounces Manik Tequila Silver or Gold
  • 2 Ounces Cointreau
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar To Rim The Glass
  • Ground Cinnamon To Rim The Glass
  • Simple Syrup To Rim The Glass
  • Cinnamon Sticks and Apple Wedges or Orange Slices For Garnish
  • Ice


  • Pour simple syrup onto a small plate. Pour brown sugar onto a second small plate & sprinkle with cinnamon. Dip the rim of 2 glasses into simple syrup and then into the brown sugar mixture, until the rims are uniformly coated.
  • Fill the 2 glasses each ¾ full with ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add apple cider, pear juice, tequila, and Cointreau to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until well combined, and pour evenly into the 2 glasses.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple wedge &/or an orange wedge


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg

The ‘Most Loved Cocktail in the US?

Speaking of Margaritas… Did you know that according to Nielsen, Margaritas have been, and still are, the most loved cocktail’ in the US.?  The most popular cocktail since the time Nielsen started polling in 2016.

Since then, we have seen Margarita blends have had ups and downs- but recently Margarita lovers have been combining higher quality, fresher ingredients, and better Tequilas and Mezcals for premium tasting Margaritas.

Salt or no salt on the rim,  Chill and enjoy!

Margarita Fun Facts


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Margarita FAQ’s

Why would I want to try a Thanksgiving Margarita?

The Thanksgiving Margarita features flavors of the season -apple, pear, and cinnamon complemented by Tequila and balanced by Orange liquor.  The Naughty Autumn cocktail is a fun and interesting taste to enjoy.


What is a ‘Classic Margarita’?

The ‘Classic’ Margarita is a combination of tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur.  The recipe specifically calls for one-and-a-half ounces of tequila blanco, three-quarters ounce of fresh lime juice and one ounce of orange liqueur.  As the most loved cocktail in the US- we enjoy the classic and many interesting variations.


Does the quality of Tequila in a Margarita matter?

Yes, a more discerning palate will be able to taste a superior Margarita with a quality Tequila.  A quality tequila is made from 100% blue agave.  Margarita lovers have been combining higher quality, fresher ingredients, and better Tequilas and Mezcals for premium tasting cocktails.


Will Margaritas keep in the refrigerator?

Yes, Margaritas will stay fresh for up to three days in the refrigerator. They should be stored without ice so the cocktail mixture is not watered down. For a pitcher of frozen margaritas, blend them and leave them in the freezer.


What was the inspiration for the frozen Margarita?

The frozen Margarita was invented in 1971 by Mariano Martinez, a Dallas restaurateur who was inspired by 7-Eleven’s Slurpee.



Mix It Up:

You can use your favorite Tequila in the Naughty Autumn Cocktail, but we love Manik Tequila

If you prefer a cognac-based orange liqueur, try swapping out the Cointreau (which is brandy-based,) with Gran Marnier.



Perfect Pairing with the Naughty Autumn Cocktail

The Thanksgiving Margarita

smoked turkey on the big green eggTry our Mutha-Cluckin Gobbler, Rubbed and Smoked Fowl .  Sometimes you just need Big Meat.  this turkey recipe gets a good RUB. (Everything starts with a good rub, am I right?) Starting with a warm smokey rub full of chili powder, cumin, rosemary, and thyme.




plate of southern bread pudding with pecans and buttery bourbon glaze

The perfect dessert would be our Smoked Bread Pudding   In this Bourbon Bread pudding recipe, there are two kinds of chocolate, pecans, challah bread, and BOURBON!!!! With ingredients like these how can you not scream with pleasure! And you will notice there are NO raisins.  Apparently that’s a thing

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19 Responses

  1. I can’t think of a nicer way to welcome in Autumn than this delicious cocktail! Cointreau is one of my favourites and I love the cinnamon sugar rim. Cheers to this wonderful drink 🙂

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