The Monday Mix: Pumpkin Spice ‘Rita

It’s no surprise that just about anything and everything that can be pumpkin flavored has made its way onto the shelves – and has rapidly been selling. And one thing our go-to #PSL often overshadows is a favorite pumpkin mixed drink.

So, as orange becomes the only color in sight, add some pumpkin puree and pumpkin liqueur to a margarita and make a Pumpkin Spice ‘Rita.


1 can of pumpkin puree

1 ½ ounces of tequila

½ ounce Cointreau orange liqueur

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup sugar

1 cinnamon stick

2 cups of water

1 lime

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp salt

1 pinch of nutmeg


1. Combine the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, nutmeg and water into a saucepan over low heat to make a pumpkin simple syrup.

2. Stir for 20-30 minutes, or until the cinnamon flavor is evident and the mix is smooth. Remove from heat, and let the simple syrup cool – use a strainer to get rid of excess pumpkin pulp.

3. Prepare the margarita glass by combining the sugar, allspice and salt onto a small plate. Use a wedge of lime and run it around the rim of the glass. Then dip the glass rim onto the small spiced sugar plate.

4. Now, combine half a lime’s juice, tequila and Cointreau with the 2-ounce pumpkin spice syrup. Add in the pinch of nutmeg.

5. Stir the mixture, and serve on the rocks.