pumpkin margarita


I know.  It doesn’t seem like the two flavors would play well together.  But here in southern Arizona, we take pride in our margaritas.  This is no exception.

It came about last weekend when I suggested we enjoy a margarita or two while we were watching the Cardinals game.  Never one to turn down a margarita, my husband was easily swayed.  When he asked what flavor I wanted, I was teasing when I said pumpkin but it was too late; I had already piqued the curious mixologist in him.  He searched for recipes online but wasn’t thrilled with what he found and so he created his own.  And though it may be bragging, I will say that he did a fine job indeed.  The pumpkin flavor was subtle enough to let the orange liqueur come through, but the warm fall flavors weren’t lost.  If you’re looking for a creative cocktail to try this season, let me introduce you to my little friend…

I have to warn you, though, that my handsome husband and I prefer our margaritas to have a kick.  In other words, we like to actually be able to taste the tequila.  If you prefer your tequila to be more of a behind-the-scenes ingredient, then you’ll definitely want to play around with the ratios until you find a strength/taste that works for you.

pumpkin margarita


For the pumpkin simple syrup

  • 1 c canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 c water

For the margaritas

  • 1 1/3 c 100% pure agave tequila (we like the Kirkland brand - silver)
  • 1/3 c orange liqueur (we used patron citronge)
  • 1 c fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 c pumpkin simply syrup (recipe below)


  1. To make pumpkin simple syrup, combine pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon stick and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the sugar fully dissolves, about fifteen minutes. Strain syrup through a fine mesh sieve to remove pumpkin puree (Jeff strained mine twice because I really didn't want any puree in my margarita).
  2. To make the drinks, combine tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and pumpkinsimple syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously to combine.
  3. Serve over ice. If you're feeling particularly festive, you might consider rimming the margarita glass with cinnamon sugar and serving the drink garnished with a cinnamon stick.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 2353kcal Calories from fat 12
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 105mg 4%
Carbohydrate 390g 130%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 338g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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