Step into all of the fall holidays with this delicious spiced pear margarita, made with simple, classic margarita ingredients with the addition of freshly blended pears. This cocktail is one for the books, and tastes just like a crisp, fall day.
Pears are typically in their peak around the fall holidays, and while I'm calling this margarita a holiday cocktail, you could easily make this all year round.
I am a major margarita fan, and have others on the site like my blood orange margarita. I also love a good spritz such as my festive citrus spritz. No matter which you choose, you'll love it just as much as I do.
What are the ingredients to make this margarita?
A spiced pear margarita incorporates all the typical ingredients to make a margarita, with the addition of a little cinnamon and, of course, pear pureé. Specifically, here's what you will need
- Fresh Pears - I always go for Bartlett, for D'Anjou works well too. We blend the pear and strain it into the drink.
- Tequila - I love Tanteo, Casamigos, Herradura, or Patrón
- Fresh lime juice - we need a little acidity to balance the drink.
- Cointreau - this is an orange liquor that is very standard in making a classic margarita.
- Cinnamon - this will be on the rim of the glass but also shaken in the cocktail itself. it's really delicious and adds a necessary warmth to the cocktail.
See below for the specific ingredient quantities in the recipe card!
How do I make this margarita recipe?
The most labor intensive part of this cocktail is making the pureé, after that, it's all a breeze! Here's how we make it:
Step 1: In a blender, add the medium diced pear and blend with a little water until smooth. Set aside.
Step 2: In a shaker cup, add ice, tequila, squeeze of lime, cointreau, and pour in the blended pear puree.
Step 3: Cover the top of the shaker and shake well. Sprinkle a little cinnamon into a medium plate and spread out evenly.
Step 4: Rim the rocks or coupe glass with a little lime juice and dip the glass into the cinnamon, creating a rim of spice around the class. To the glass, pour the margarita ¾ of the way full.
HINT: If the muddled or blended pear is too thick, add a little tequila or water to loosen it up as it blends. If there are chunks afterwards, it is okay as the strainer in the margarita shaker will strain the chunks from getting into the cocktail itself.
Margarita Swaps and Substitutions
We love giving variety in these recipes, so if you're not feeling pear, here's what you can do:
- Apple - instead of pears, try blending apple and adding a splash of apple cider for a festive apple cider margarita.
- Cinnamon - if you don't like cinnamon, swap it out and leave it off of the rim. You can rim the glass with some sugar instead.
- Making pear puree - if you don't want to be bothered making your own pear puree, you can find some in a local grocery store near you.
How do I vary this cocktail?
Of course, like any type of cocktail, you can vary how you serve this margarita.
- Double Up - make a double batch or even an entire jug of it for a party! I would suggest using pre-made pear puree if this is the route you're going instead of making your own.
- Frozen - throw the mixture and some ice in the blender for a frothy and refreshing frozen version.
Do I need fresh pears?
No, you can certainly use pear nectar if you find yourself struggling with using a blender and making the pear puree on your own. You can find pear nectar in most grocery stores.
If you are using pear nectar, add the nectar directly into the shaker, approximately ¼ cup.
What can I pair this cocktail with?
This margarita goes well with a few different kind of recipes, such as:
- Comforting pasta dishes like my easy baked MAC or a classic dish such as oven baked chicken.
- Appetizers like cocktail franks or a brunch charcuterie board for entertaining.
- Chicken dishes such as my creamy tuscan chicken recipe.
You can also serve this with some cheese and crackers for a girls night, too!
When making cocktails, it's a lot like balancing a soup or a stew, you want to get the flavors just right. This is why we use a jigger to measure the liquids going into the drink so that the flavors are rounded and balanced. Trust me, it makes all the difference.
Hungry for more?
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
Spiced Pear Margarita
- 1 jigger
- 1 cocktail shaker
- 1 cocktail spoon
- 1 blender
- 1 medium pear diced
- 2 oz silver tequila
- ½ oz cointreau
- ½ oz fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- extra cinnamon for rim
- To a blender, add the medium diced pear and blend with a little water until smooth. Set aside.
- In a shaker cup, add ice, tequila, squeeze of lime, cointreau, and pour in the blended pear puree. Cover the top of the shaker and shake well.
- Sprinkle cinnamon into a medium plate and spread out well.
- Rim the rocks or coupe glass with a little lime juice and dip the glass into the cinnamon, creating a rim of spice around the glass.
- To the glass, pour the margarita ¾ of the way full. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and serve.