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13 October 2015

A spicy margarita recipe made with the flavors of fall, including pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, and, of course, tequila.

It’s Thirsty Thirteenth! Time for a new cocktail! October brings us several wonderful things that we only get to enjoy for a short time a year. Fall leaves make the chilling of the temps more pleasant, and pumpkins everywhere get you in the mood for Halloween and all the exciting flavors of fall.

Ahh! Pumpkin.

I simply had to make a pumpkin drink filled with fall spices and chili pepper heat. This drink is surprisingly tasty. It might sound like a weird combination but if you love the taste of fall and some spiciness, you will love this. There are a number of different flavors going on that meld very nicely.

You can easily make a big batch of the habanero pumpkin simple syrup and then mix up the drinks quickly for a party, or if you are inviting the parents of the neighborhood trick-or-treaters in for a cocktail.

If you want more of a margarita flavor, use a whole lime and less sugar in the syrup. But if you want more of that pumpkin flavor and sweetness, add more of the pumpkin syrup.

This has a bit of a kick, but not super overpowering if you can handle habanero heat. If you are less tolerant, use half a habanero or any milder or sweet pepper.

Chili peppers pair well with pumpkin as well as margaritas so it’s a nice added flavor.

Habanero Pumpkin Spiced Margarita

Habanero Pumpkin Spiced Margarita

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 1 vote
Habanero Pumpkin Spiced Margarita - Cocktail Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A spicy margarita recipe made with the flavors of fall, including pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, and, of course, tequila.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, habanero
Servings: 4
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 habanero sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange liquor
  • 1/2 lime
Directions for habanero-pumpkin simple syrup:
  1. Add water to a sauce pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Add brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Turn heat to low and stir in pumpkin puree.
  4. Add habanero slices, cinnamon sticks and seasonings.
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  7. Strain liquid. Makes about 1 cup.
Directions for margarita:
  1. Add ice to a shaker.
  2. Add 3 ounces habanero-pumpkin syrup, tequila and orange liquor.
  3. Squeeze juice from half a lime and shake vigorously.
  4. Sprinkle salt, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon on a small plate.
  5. Wet the edge of the glass and rim the glass with the mixture.
  6. Pour in the margarita and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Habanero Pumpkin Spiced Margarita - Cocktail Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167
% Daily Value*
Sodium 11mg 0%
Potassium 74mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 28g
Vitamin A 35.5%
Vitamin C 7.9%
Calcium 6.4%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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