These pear margaritas feature a spiced pear simple syrup made with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. Warm and cozy, this winter margarita recipe is perfect for cold weather tequila cravings!

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Ingredients needed for this pear cocktail:

  • tequila (blanco or reposado—though reposado adds a nice warm and depth of flavor).
  • fresh lime juice
  • ginger liqueur, such as Domain de Canton (you can also use orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier or triple sec)
  • fresh pears, Bosc is best for this recipe
  • honey
  • fresh knob of ginger
  • ground cinnamon
  • freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • ground cloves

Spiced Honey Simple Syrup

These winter margaritas feature a warm honey simple syrup flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. It’s no secret I love making simple syrup with honey or maple syrup.

Not only is it more natural, but it’s more flavorful, too. A honey simple syrup is especially delicious in spiced cocktails, such as this margarita, where warmth and depth of flavor is top priority.

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How to make this spiced honey simple syrup

  1. Combine honey, water, half of a pear (sliced), and spices in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat and cook 4 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat and let steep for at least 15 minutes, though an hour is best.
  4. Pass the simple syrup through a fine mesh strainer and discard solids (or reserve the poached pears for garnishing the cocktail, snacking on, or topping pancakes/waffles).
  5. Store spiced honey simple syrup in a glass airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

How to make these winter margaritas

  1. Make the simple syrup (see right above this) and allow it to cool (at least slightly, I’m impatient too).
  2. Combine tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger liqueur in a shaker filled with ice.
  3. Secure lid and shake vigorously until chilled.
  4. Strain cocktail into two rocks glasses filled with ice.
  5. Garnish cocktails with a fresh pear slice (or garnish with reserved poached pear slices from the simple syrup).

Variations:

  • Use pear juice or pear purée in the simple syrup instead of fresh pears.
  • Swap lime juice for lemon juice for something a little brighter.
  • Rim margarita glasses with a salted rim for a nod to the classic cocktail.

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Spiced Pear Margaritas

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes + 15 minutes cool time
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 margaritas (syrup makes enough for 10 cocktails) 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Mexican/American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Featuring a pear simple syrup flavored with warm spices, this margarita recipe is perfect for fall and winter!


Ingredients

Scale

Spiced Pear Syrup:

Margaritas:

  • 3 ounces tequila (blanco or reposado works)
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ ounces spiced pear syrup
  • 1 ounce ginger liqueur, such as Domain de Canton
  • Pear slices for garnish

Instructions

For the Spiced Pear Simple Syrup:

Combine honey, water, pear, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand at least 15 minutes (1 hour is ideal). Strain syrup through a fine mesh strainer. 

Discard solids or reserve for garnish, or for another use.

For the Margaritas:

Add tequila, lime juice, Spiced Pear Syrup, and ginger liqueur to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Secure lid and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled. Strain margaritas into two rocks glasses filled with ice and garnish with pear slices.



Notes

The spiced syrup makes enough for 10 cocktails.

Store spiced pear syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 margarita
  • Calories: 181
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: pear cocktail, pear margarita, winter margarita

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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  1. oooo my gosh, I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a while and I finally tried it. LOVED! It’s both refreshing and warming.

  2. These were incredible! I’m not super confident when it comes to making cocktails, but this one was easy and delicious – everyone at our Tequila Christmas party loved it!