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Fall Essential Pumpkin Spice Margarita

on May 13, 2024
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This Pumpkin Spice Margarita brings fun Fall flavors to a typically more summery drink, making this uniquely warming marg the perfect Autumn treat!
Small glass with an orange spiced margarita in the center of the frame with limes and pumpkins in the background.

If you’re anything like me, you’re making ALL THINGS PUMPKIN SPICE with the drop of the very first leaf, and my fave tequila cocktail is no exception! This Pumpkin Spice Margarita is truly a Fall essential.

The warming spice blend in the pumpkin spice syrup is complemented by the pumpkin puree in this recipe, then freshened up by the addition of lime juice and tequila. It all comes together to make this drink one of my favorite unique margarita recipes.

Fall margarita with pumpkin spice garnished with a lime wheel.

As an environmental scientist, I am always trying to find ways to make my own syrups and spice blends. Food preservatives, like pesticides 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 improve your ecological footprint.

Plus, you don’t have to buy any extra pesky plastic containers when you whip up your own!

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 Ingredients


Here’s everything you need:

All ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Margarita including pumpkin puree, tequila, pumpkin spice simple syrup, and lime juice.
Not pictured: ice.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Margarita Tips and Tricks


Margaritas are Best with a Cocktail Shaker!

As a general rule, margaritas are best shaken, and this pumpkin spice version is no exception. It is in fact especially crucial you shake this special margarita up to make sure you are incorporating the pumpkin puree.

Add the tequila, lime juice, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to ensure that everything is well-incorporated and chilled.

Voila! You’ve got yourself a delicious pumpkin flavored margarita! It’s truly that simple.

Adding pumpkin puree, tequila, pumpkin spice syrup, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker to combine.

How to Create a Pumpkin Spice Rim for Your Fall Margarita

If you want to give your Fall-spiced margarita an extra boost, consider a pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon sugar rim.

Wet the rim of you glass with a halved lime. Add the pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon sugar to a plate, shallow bowl, or easiest of all— a cocktail rimmer.

Then, just dredge the wet rim of your glass in it, and it should easily stick.

I love using a lowball glass for this drink.

Adding pumpkin pie spice to a cocktail rimmer to coat a margarita glass.

Garnish with a Lime Wedge

I love this fun margarita because it perfectly combines Fall flavors with the fresh citrus you know and love in a classic margarita.

I typically garnish my margarita with a fresh lime wedge to really bring that citrus to the forefront.

Garnishing a pumpkin margarita with a lime.

Making a Batch or Making this Fall Cocktail Ahead of Time

This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled. Once made, this pumpkin spice cocktail will last about 4 days in the refrigerator.

Just make sure to hold the ice if you are pre-making! When you’re ready to enjoy, shake it up with the ice. The spices may settle at the bottom and that’s okay, shaking it will take care of that!

Lowball glass with cold margarita and pumpkins in the background.

Recipe Ideas for 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’ll have leftover pumpkin puree after making this drink.

Pumpkin puree will last 5-7 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Just make sure to remove the pumpkin from the can and put it in a clean airtight storage container.

Then, you can use the leftovers to make more of these margaritas, this Pumpkin French Toast or these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (this recipe is currently being re-vamped, will be back soon!).

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!

Making a Pumpkin Spice Margarita Using Margarita Mix

If you’re working with margarita mix and want to spice it up to make a Pumpkin Spice Margarita, you totally can!

Just use one part margarita mix, one part tequila, a dash of pumpkin puree, and a dash of pumpkin spice.

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Why You Should Make this Pumpkin Margarita


  • It’s easy. Just four ingredients and a cocktail shaker required!
  • It’s unique. The perfect balance of warming spices and refreshing citrus combined with real pumpkin to bring you a delicious flavor truly unlike any other.

If you’re loving this Pumpkin Spice Margarita and want more Fall drinks, check out this Pumpkin Spice Mule and Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate.

Small glass with an orange spiced margarita in the center of the frame with limes and pumpkins in the background.

Fall Essential Pumpkin Spice Margarita

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Marley Goldin
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This Pumpkin Spice Margarita brings fun Fall flavors to a typically more summery drink, making this uniquely warming marg the perfect Autumn treat!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 margarita

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 ounce pumpkin spice simple syrup (click to learn how make your own!)
  • 1 lime wedge for garnish (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon + sugar for rim—optional)
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Instructions
 

  • Add a handful of ice, tequila, lime juice, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice simple syrup to a cocktail shaker or jar with a lid and shake until integrated (about 30 seconds).
  • Garnish the rim of a margarita or lowball glass by wetting it with a lime and then dipping it into pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon + sugar (optional).
  • Add ice to your rimmed glass and pour the contents of the cocktail shaker over the ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and cinnamon stick and serve ice cold.

Pro Tips

  • Using fresh lime goes a long way in this recipe.
  • I love Blanco Tequila in this recipe, but if you prefer Repasado, that totally works, too.
  • If you enjoyed this recipe, you gotta check out the full collection of my best margarita recipes.
  • And if you’re craving more pumpkin, carve your way across to my Favorite Pumpkin Recipes.
  • To take this cocktail up a notch in decadence, top it with this Pumpkin Whipped Cream!

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Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan
Keyword Happy Hour, Margarita, Pumpkin Spice, Vegan Cocktail
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