Tequila Mockingbird

Tequilla Mockingbird | From My Sweet Heart

  • 3 ounces of apple cider
  • 1 ounce of white tequila ( I used Cazadores Reposado)
  • 1 ounce of creme de cassis
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Fill a shaker 2/3 full with ice.  Add the apple cider, tequila, creme de cassis, and lemon juice.  Shake well.  Place 4-6 ice cubes in an old fashioned size glass and strain the drink over the top.  Garnish with fresh apple slices if desired.

There is one thing I can tell you about myself for sure and that is that I am a HUGE classic literature buff!  Actually, buff may be too kind and nerd like may be more appropriate!  I have read To Kill a Mockingbird 4 times.  Once as a teenager, and once as an adult; and then once each when my boys read this novel in high school.  It has always been one of my all time favorites!  So when I saw the name of this drink…..it naturally caught my eye!  I wanted a sweet fall drink, but was not quite in the mood for the warm ciders and mulled wines just yet.  I stumbled upon this cocktail recipe and at first glance of the ingredients I thought…..how in the world do these work together in the same drink?  And the answer is BRILLIANTLY!!!  This is my absolute new favorite fall drink!  The tequila does something to mellow out the sweetness of the cider.  The cassis deepens the color of the drink. (Look at the color of the pitcher of cider in the background compared to what’s in the glass!)  And the lemon juice adds a bright freshness to it all!  This is extremely refreshing and not overly sweet.  I’ll definitely be drinking this until cider season is over!

So as I was on my deck taking pictures…..look who crashed the photo shoot…..LITERALLY!

This poor little guy tried to enter my family room via a closed window!  He fell to the deck, stunned, and I feared that he was injured.   And he just sat there for the longest time…breathing kind of fast….and unable or unwilling to fly.  I was on my belly right in front of him taking this picture.  He didn’t look hurt…but he wouldn’t move!  So I went inside and got online and got the numbers for the animal rescue in my area.  But just as I began to dial the phone….he turned, got his puffy leg back into position…and flew away!  

So enjoy this drink while listening to a clip from THE DIXIE CHICKSAnd one of my favorite songs  LET HIM FLY.


  1. Delicious! It makes me think of a friend of mine who reads To Kill A Mockingbird EVERY October. It has 31 chapters and she reads one chapter a day…..

    • What a great idea, Ann! I’ve known people to read certain books at Christmastime or their birthdays! Sometimes as you read a book years later…..you just take away something different from it, you know? : )

  2. Anne, firstly – I LOVE your title! Very clever. That tequila drink with the cider looks fabulous and love the way you put the photo together. I loved that book so much – walking around in Atticus’ shoes – left a huge impression on me as a teenager, and still often think of it. I must read this again sipping your cocktail. As for your bandit – he sure was, getting you all worried like that!

    • Jill….I feel the same way about this book. And I couldn’t believe it when I saw the title of this drink in a book I have called 1001 cocktails! (I guess we have a 1000 to go!) :- O

  3. Hi Anne! Yum, this drink looks delicious… I love apple cider! Mmmmmmm! I’m so glad that Bandit was okay. What a beautiful bird! Hope you’re having a great weekend! ~ Ramona

    • Hi Ramona…I love cider, too! And I love the yellow stripe on Bandit’s tail! Hope you are having a great weekend too!

  4. You did the right thing! You might be a little slow getting back up if you’d just stunned yourself too :) I’m glad to know you have a hotline in your area you can call. I volunteer with Cayman’s Wildlife Rescue which just had to shut down because of lack of funding. Tragic! I’ll need at least 3 Tequila Mockingbirds to get over my grief.


    • Oh…that’s a shame about Cayman’s Wildlife Rescue. All the more reason people should volunteer! And I volunteer to make you those Mockingbirds! :- }

  5. This is such a cool post, Anne. It was a great book, I really should read it again. The cocktail sounds great and it’s just so cool how it all came together!

  6. I love the title of your post & I really love this drink! I’ll be trying it soon :)

  7. I was thinking that I need a drink! I like the sounds of this one. :-0 I’m glad the bird made it away ok…. so, so pretty, wasn’t he? Now you have me wanting to read To Kill A Mockingbird again. It’s been forever :-)

    • Hi Janet…..hope you and your family are doing well. You’ve been on my mind. I think you should mix up one of these….kick up your feet….and relax with a book! : )

  8. This drink looks pretty tasty, Anne! Perfect for fall! And what a great surprise seeing that awesome bird on your deck!

  9. This cocktail does sound quite refreshing! I WILL have to try it. Thanks for linking to the Dixie chicks song. I haven’t heard this one! Enjoyed it and the whole post!

  10. Anne, what a wonderful post. I loved reading about Bandit and relish those sweet coincidences in life as well. So happy he found his wings. To Kill a Mockingbird was the first “real” book I ever read. It continues to be my favourite. I recommend it to every tween I know – including my boys as well (though I feel a bit guilty that I didn’t reread with my eldest last year as you did…). Tequila is one of the few alcoholic drinks I seem to tolerate – very well – :). My husband and I really enjoy it so this drink sounds perfectly divine to me. Maybe I’ll surprise my husband with it this weekend. Thanks Anne.

  11. That looks like my kind of drink and not just for this season. I can see this one being a regular in the Sweet Sensations house. Love your passion for reading and for our feathered friends.

  12. You had me at reposado!

  13. Nice and lovely drink, sure a try as its one of the ways of me relaxing during the weekend, what more I do like cocktails with liquor.

  14. You never cease to amaze me with your recipes. I just pinned this tequila drink on my pinterest page. I cannot wait to try it.

  15. I realize this post is two years old but the drink is still delicious! I was reading some of your recent posts when this drink caught my eye in the sidebar. We enjoyed trying it. Thanks for the recipe! I also thought you might have fun with a cocktail cookbook I have that was published this year. Its called, “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist” by Tim Federle. Fun cocktails and fun plays on words. :)

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Hi Wendy! The post is old, but the drink never gets old! I really love it for the fall, especially when I’m not yet in the mood for warm cider and mulled wines. Thanks so much for the book recommendation. That sounds PERFECT for me and I will definitely look for it! (And I just stopped by and took a peek at your amazing chocolate chip and caramel cookies….I’ve bookmarked that one!!! : )

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