Saturday, October 5, 2013

Apple Ale Rita

I am so impressionable. Yesterday I saw Clinton Kelley make an Apple Margarita on the Chew and the seed was planted. Then I had a late lunch meeting at Ruby Tuesdays. I noticed they had a Beer Rita on the menu. Another seed planted. By the time I left there I just had to go get tequila and apple juice. It wasn't until I got to the store that I saw the apple ale. I bought that too. I just knew I had seen a recipe that called for it too. There are tons of apple cocktail recipes on Pinterest now. Apple Sangria anyone? I have pinned them all.

Well let me jump on that band wagon. Here is one more apple cocktail. An Apple Ale Rita! It came to me as I tried to decide which recipe to try first. I have had a Beer Rita before. I liked the effervescence the beer added to the margarita. I bet apple ale would do the same for an apple margarita. Boy does it! It is so great. I don’t like sweet drinks. This drink is perfect not too sweet, it’s fresh or crisp and just a hint of warm fall spice. I like the lemon too. It is what makes the margarita part of the drink evident. I tried it without the lemon and cinnamon.  It was fine but taste just like an apple drink. Let me warn you this is definitely not just an apple drink, the inverted ale in the drink raises the technical drink-ability of this cocktail. Do not be tempted to pull the ale bottle out of the drink until you are sure what is in the bottle will fit in the glass. You have been sufficiently warned. I hope you will try it or at least pin it with all your other apple cocktails.

Apple Ale Rita
Serves 1


1 lemon wedge
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 oz triple sec or orange liquor
2 oz silver tequila
2 oz 100% pure pressed apple juice
12 oz apple ale
1 cinnamon stick


Place lemon wedge and ground cinnamon in a pint glass. Muddle together and fill glass 3/4 full with ice. Add triple sec, tequila, apple juice and stir to combine. Carefully place your finger over the top of the ale bottle and invert into glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick and a straw. Place on a small plate with a napkin to catch any spills. Enjoy!

Linking to:
Love Bakes Good Cakes: It's Fall Y'all
My Mixing Spoon: Random Recipe Roundup Linkie Party
The Chicken Chick: Clever Chicks Blog Hop
This Gal Cooks: Marvelous Mondays
Ms. enPlace: See Ya the Gumbo
The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen: Show Me Your Plaid Mondays
The Tumbleweed Contessa: What'd You Do This Weekend?
Horrific Knits: Fall Into the Holidays
Cassidy's Cooking Collection: Linky & Drinky
Anyonita Nibbles: Tasty Tuesdays
Memories by the Mile: Tuesday Trivia-Delaware and Link Party
Love Bakes Good Cakes: All My Bloggy Friends
Buns in My Oven: What's Cookin' Wednesday
Miz Helen's Country Cottage: Full Plate Thursday
The Tumbleweed Contessa: Cinnamon Saturday Dishes
Carole's Chatter: Food on Fridays - Cocktails and Mocktails


  1. That's actually an awesome idea. My name is Katie and I host Fall Into the Holidays, open Saturdays! I'd love to have you link up!

    1. Thank you! Katie, So happy to join you for Fall into the Holidays. I am so happy fall is here!

  2. Love Redd's Apple Ale... Found you over at the Chicken Chick's blog hop. I did a homemade V8 a few weeks ago and my hubby had the idea to make a "red beer" using Redds. I'd love for you to come link up on my blog.

    1. Thank you for visiting Cassidy! I red beer sounds awesome. I will be right over to link up.

  3. What a fun way to serve a cocktail. I first tried beer margaritas at a party many (many!) years ago and loved it. I know I'd like this too!
    And I'll heed your warning, promise! Thanks for linking this week.

  4. How fun! Thanks so much for linking up to this week's All My Bloggy Friends - I'm going to be sharing this on my FB page :)

    1. Thank you! Jamie, I am thrilled you will be sharing my recipe with all your friends. You made my day! Have a great evening!

  5. Hi Denise,
    This looks like a very good drink. Hope you are having a fun weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  6. This sounds delicious! My mother-in-law is a huge margarita fan, and my father-in-law loves beer, so this sounds like a great way to score points with both of them!
    Thanks for linking up at Saturday Dishes- we hope you'll continue to share with us as we take over the party next week!


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