Obsessed with Pumpkin Spice? I feel you. My obsession for the aromatic 5-spice blend can only be rivaled by my obsession with margaritas. Which makes this Pumpkin Spice Margarita my number one favorite Fall treat.
The 5-spice blend in the homemade pumpkin spice syrup is complemented by the pumpkin puree in this recipe, then freshened up by the addition of lime juice and tequila. All coming together to make this one of my favorite unique margarita recipes.
As an environmental scientist, I am always trying to find ways to make my own syrups and spice blends. Food preservatives, like pesticides, are harmful to the environment. They contain toxins that are harmful to plants, animals, and soil.
Homemade syrups and spice blends with all-natural ingredients allow you to avoid preservatives and lower your ecological footprint.
Plus, you don’t have to buy any extra pesky plastic containers! That’s why the star of this cocktail is my homemade pumpkin spice simple syrup!
Green tip: Despite recycling efforts, the sad truth is that only about 9% of plastics are recycled, leaving the rest to become microplastics.
Pumpkin Spice Margarita Tips and Tricks
Gather Your Ingredients
Here’s everything you’ll need:
Shake it Up!
Aside from your 4 ingredients, you’ll need a cocktail shaker or a mason jar with a lid and a strainer.
Use it to mix up your ingredients with your ice to really make sure it combines together and to make it ice cold. It’s the best way to seamlessly integrate your pumpkin puree.
Add It All To The Shaker
This recipe is pretty foolproof. Just add all the goods to the shaker and give it a 30-second or so shake.
The pumpkin puree does integrate beautifully into the drink but will start to settle toward the bottom the longer it sits. I recommend shaking this drink up fresh and pouring it into your glass just before serving.
Use Fresh Lime
The warming spices really get freshened up by the lime juice, and using fresh lime goes a long way in this recipe.
For 1/2 ounce of lime juice, you should only need 1/2 of a lime.
Pumpkin Spice-ifying Your Rim
This part is totally optional, but if you want the ultimate margarita experience, it’s highly recommended! It’s simple to do. Just wet the rim of your glass with a lime and then dip it into pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon + sugar.
You can put the salt on a plate, in a shallow bowl, or easiest of all—use a cocktail rimmer.
Make It Fancy!
The ice comes next! If you want to make your cocktail fancy like the one pictured, consider making this star anise ice!
Just place one piece of star anise in each ice mold, cover it with water, and freeze for at least 6 hours. Use this ice for your cocktails and iced coffee!
The star anise infuses that water that becomes the ice, so as the ice melts, the infused ice adds more fall flavor to your beverage!
Plus, it just looks cute. 😉
Whether you’re using fancy ice or not, add your ice to your glass to keep your Margarita cold.
Don’t Skip The Garnish
I love to use a cinnamon stick as both garnish and a straw to elevate the cinnamon flavor in this cocktail!
It’ll add a super cinnamon-y aroma and enhance the whole experience with each sip!
What To Do With Extra Pumpkin Puree
Buying pumpkin puree usually means you’re getting it in a 15-ounce can, and unless you’re knocking these margs back with a bunch of friends, you won’t use the whole can for this drink.
The good news is, pumpkin puree will last 5-7 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Make sure to remove it from the can and put it in an airtight storage container.
Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!
Then, you can make this cocktail or this Pumpkin Spice Mule throughout the week!
Why You Should Make This Pumpkin Spice Margarita
- It’s Festive! Fall in a margarita glass!
- It’s unique. A fresh new take on the classic marg, infusing fun Fall flavors into an otherwise more summery cocktail.
- It’s fresh. The addition of fresh lime juice makes this drink refreshing despite its warming spices.
If you’re loving this Pumpkin Spice Margarita and are looking for more fun Margarita recipes, check this list of Best Margaritas! And if you’re here for the pumpkin spice, check out this Pumpkin Spice Mule.