Calling all margarita fans! This is the best pumpkin spice margarita recipe! It’s a fall twist on the classic margarita with the perfect pumpkin spice flavor. This recipe is made with real pumpkin puree and cinnamon spice and it’s perfectly sweetened with maple syrup. If you love margaritas, this is your fall drink!
Since it’s officially fall, you’ve been seeing pumpkin spice everywhere! I know I’ve said it before, but THIS is one of my favorite fall cocktails! This pumpkin spice margarita has so much flavor and beautiful color too.
The creamy pumpkin puree, the cinnamon spice, and the sweetness from the maple syrup all come together perfectly in this drink. I added fresh orange zest over the top for a citrus fragrance. It’s a trick that I use on my cranberry mules too and adds so much aroma and flavor.
I truly enjoyed every sip of this tequila cocktail and wanted a second one! I’ll be making these for my pumpkin carving party and Halloween movie night this year. It has the best flavors of fall and I know you will love it too! Also, try our pumpkin horchata!
What I Love About This Drink
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- This recipe uses canned pumpkin puree. It adds so much flavor without the hassle of doing anything!
- It’s easy! You don’t even have to make a simple syrup for this drink.
- Sweetened with maple syrup for the best flavor.
This fall margarita is easy to make. You can find all of the ingredients at a local grocery store. Here’s how you make it:
Pumpkin Spice Margarita
Reposado Tequila – This is my favorite tequila to use in a fall margarita. I find it has the perfect amount of smokiness for this recipe.
Pumpkin Puree – You can find this in the baking aisle at your grocery store.
Cinnamon Spice – Ground cinnamon is the quintessential fall spice. A pinch of cinnamon is all the spice you need. You can also use pumpkin pie spice and a little nutmeg if you wanted.
Fresh Lime Juice – Use freshly squeezed lime juice for this recipe. This citrus adds a little tartness and a nice balance to the drink.
Maple Syrup – Pure, maple syrup is the best sweetener for this drink. It adds a lovely fall flavor.
Orange Zest – This is optional, but I promise adds a lot of flavors and is really good over the top.
Combine – Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients into the shaker.
Shake – This drink needs to be shaken for at least 30 seconds. The pumpkin puree is thick and the water in the ice dilutes it and creates a smoother texture.
Strain – Fill a glass with ice and strain this cocktail in the glass.
Garnish – Add a dash of cinnamon over the top and garnish with a dehydrated lime or orange wedge and a cinnamon stick.
Tips for Making The Best Pumpkin Spice Margarita
- Use good quality ingredients. It makes a difference in the outcome and flavor of the drink.
- Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds to dilute the drink.
- Pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon.
- Add a little nutmeg or cardamom.
- Rim the glass with cinnamon and sugar or salt.
- Serve this drink in classic margarita glasses, mason jars, or double old-fashioned glasses.
We use 100% canned pumpkin puree for this recipe. Canned pumpkin is perfect for baking and for drinks! You can find this in the baking aisle at your grocery store. Here are a few brands I love:
Trader Joes Canned Pumpkin
Best Tequila for Pumpkin Margaritas
I prefer a Reposado tequila for this recipe. Reposado is a gold tequila that is aged in oak barrels. This tequila has notes of caramel, spices, and a little smokiness, which is perfect for a fall margarita! You can also use Anejo tequila too.
There are amazing high-quality brands of reposado that are affordable and taste great. You don’t want to buy a high-end sipping tequila to make margaritas with but you also don’t want the super cheap tequila. Find a bottle that cost around $20 to $30 to use for this recipe.
Fall Margarita Garnishes
Dehydrated Orange Slice or Lime – These are so easy to make and I use them all of the time for my cocktails. The same process is used for any citrus including lemons and limes.
Cinnamon Sticks – I always keep cinnamon sticks on hand. They add a rustic touch to the cocktail and are great for stirring the drink too.
Spices – Sprinkle spices over the top of the drink for a festive look. Try our delicious homemade pumpkin spice over the top.
Zest – I love using citrus zest to garnish drinks. It adds a nice flavor and aroma.
Pumpkin Candy – You can add small pumpkins to a skewer and place them over the top of the drink.
Orange Twist – This is another fun way to add even more orange color to the drink.
Pitcher of Pumpkin Margaritas
You can easily make this drink into a batch cocktail. I suggest making two at a time in a cocktail shaker and then strain them into a pitcher. Repeat 2 or 3 more times for 6 to 8 cocktails.
Don’t add ice to the pitcher, instead fill each individual glass with ice.
Store the pitcher in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
Give it a good stir and pour it into each glass.
When to Serve a Pumpkin Margarita
This is a perfect cocktail to serve at Halloween parties, pumpkin carving parties, and Thanksgiving. It’s also perfect for a cozy night watching a Halloween movie. Here are some more fun celebrations to serve this drink:
- Holiday Party
- Halloween Dinner
- Movie Night
- Thanksgiving Dinner or Friendsgiving
What to Serve with This Margarita
This pumpkin spice margarita is a great fall cocktail. Here are some fun party dishes to serve with it:
- Chips and Salsa
Frequently Asked Questions
A Texas margarita is made with tequila, orange liqueur, agave, orange juice, and lime juice. It’s served on the rocks. A regular margarita is made with tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice.
A margarita has to be made with 100% tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. It’s often served on the rocks with a salted rim. It’s a simple cocktail that is not complicated. There are many versions you can make, but to be a margarita it must have tequila and lime juice!
A margarita is considered a strong drink. It’s made with 100% tequila which is a strong liquor. This recipe uses 2 ounces of tequila per drink. You can add more or less depending on how strong you like it.
More Delicious Cocktail Recipes
If you love this fall drink, try more of my favorite cocktail recipes!
Let us know what you think!
Whether you’re making this as a thanksgiving margarita or a Halloween cocktail, I hope you enjoy this pumpkin margarita recipe! If you make it, please leave a comment and review below!
Best Pumpkin Spice Margarita
- 2 ounces tequila
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 1 ounce maple syrup
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon , with more sprinkled over the top.
- orange zest , optional
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and all of the ingredients (leaving out the orange zest)
- Shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a margarita glass filled with ice.
- Zest the orange over the top and add a dash of cinnamon.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a lime wheel.