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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Why This Recipe Works
We set our sights on creating a margarita cocktail fit for the holidays. So we loaded up a honey-based simple syrup with all the finest warm spices. Each sip of this cocktail is warming and spiced while also delivering a nice tart punch from the fresh lime juice. This is the perfect cocktail if you love a bright margarita but also want something cozy to sip!
Use either blanco or reposado. We prefer reposado because it adds a nice warmth and depth of flavor.
Fresh is always best! Grab some limes and juice them yourself. Here’s our favorite juicer.
Our favorite liqueur is Domain de Canton. If you don’t want to purchase another liqueur (we get it), you can also use orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier or triple sec.
We developed this recipe with Bosc pears so we recommend using those!
The recipe of the cocktail is all about adding flavor in the form of spice and warm sweetness. You’ll need honey, fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 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.
How to Make The Spiced Honey Simple Syrup
- Combine honey, water, half of a pear (sliced), and spices in a small saucepan.
- Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat and cook 4 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat and let steep for at least 15 minutes, though an hour is best.
- 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).
- Store spiced honey simple syrup in a glass airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
How to Make These Winter Margaritas
- Make the simple syrup (see right above this) and allow it to cool (at least slightly, I’m impatient too).
- Combine tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger liqueur in a shaker filled with ice.
- Secure lid and shake vigorously until chilled.
- Strain cocktail into two rocks glasses filled with ice.
- Garnish cocktails with a fresh pear slice (or garnish with reserved poached pear slices from the simple syrup).
Variations On This Recipe
- 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.
More Cocktail Recipes You May Like…
- Chocolate Orange Negroni
- The Best New York Sour Cocktail
- Red Wine Apple Cider Sangria
- Apple Bourbon Smash
- Fig Infused Bourbon
Spiced Pear Margaritas
Spiced Pear Syrup:
- ½ cup honey
- ½ Bosc pear, sliced
- 1- inch knob ginger, sliced
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 ounces tequila, blanco or reposado
- 2 ounces fresh lime juice
- 1 ½ ounces spiced pear syrup
- 1 ounce ginger liqueur, such as Domain de Canton
- Pear slices for garnish
For the Spiced Pear Simple Syrup:
- Combine honey, ½ cup 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.
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.
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!
Hi Betsy! So happy to hear you enjoyed this one! Love the idea of a Tequila Christmas party!