Pecan Pie Margarita

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Pecan Pie Margarita

I am up to my elbows in groceries, silverware and football decorations.  With the excitement of our Houston Texans playing this year on Thanksgiving Day (super stoked) I almost forgot to feature an amazing celebratory margarita. I mean turkey, football and tequila on the same day it’s almost too much for this chica!

Last year I featured Pumpkin and Cranberry and received rave reviews.  Guess I’m not the only gal addicted to tequila.

This year I had planned on combining pumpkin and cranberry, a sweet, savory margarita twist. But last week as I flipped through the latest Food Network magazine I spotted pecan pie soda – what? Swoon~


I just knew I had to play around with this idea. I made the syrup; actually I doubled the recipe in preparation for Thanksgiving and began adding tequila little by little. I wanted to taste the pecan infusion, but not end up with an extremely sweet margarita. I rimmed the glass with a mix of salt and brown sugar and what’s pecan pie without the tasty crust. A few snips with my cookie cutters, a quick bake and we are set.

Pecan Pie Margarita

I hope you’ll give it a try, even with a splash of sparkling water this syrup would make a great soda for the kiddos. But after an entire day day of cooking, cleaning and organizing add the tequila, a hefty dose. Relax, unwind and pat yourself on the back for another successful Thanksgiving accomplished.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Abrazos, besos y mucho carino!  


Pecan Pie Margarita

Yield: makes 4-6 oz margaritas


  • ½ cup toasted pecans
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, plus ¼ cup more to rim glass
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau
  • 1 cup tequila
  • Salt
  • Pecans
  • Pie crust
  • Ice cubes


  1. Bring the water, pecans, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, reducing to 3/4 cup, about 40 minutes.
  3. Strain and cool completely.
  4. On a small plate combine salt and brown sugar
  5. Lightly dip glasses into pecan pie syrup to moisten rim of 4- (6ounce) glasses.
  6. Roll glasses in salt/brown sugar mixture to create your rim.
  7. Place glasses into freezer to chill.
  8. In a large pitcher add pecan pie syrup, cointreau and tequila.
  9. Remove glasses from freezer and serve margarita mixture over ice.
  10. Garnish with the pecans and pie crust


Heavily adapted from the Food Network Magazine Nov. Issue 2012

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14 Responses to Pecan Pie Margarita

  1. Just want to let you know that I made these tonight and they are absolutely out of this world. :)
    Kathy Steger @FoodWineThyme recently posted..Comfort in a Bowl: Millet with Mushroom GravyMy Profile

  2. what a unique beverage! pecan pies inspire lots of dessert variations, but this is the first cocktail i’ve seen. :)
    grace recently posted..comfort in a cupcakeMy Profile

  3. I’ve seen this margarita all over Pinterest and it is seriously gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving! :)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) recently posted..chocolate-toffee surprise cupcakes + oxo giveawayMy Profile

  4. You are just too much! :) I would be afraid to taste these because I know I would love them and that they would go down VERY fast. We’ll be watching the Houston game because my husband’s family all Texans and the parents and a brother live in Houston. Go Texans!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    mjskit recently posted..Glazed Carrots with SageMy Profile

  5. those crust letters are the cutest.
    Happy Thanksgiving Vianney
    Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking recently posted..Pumpkin Eggnog Chocolate Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese FrostingMy Profile

  6. Love the cutouts on this drink!
    yummychunklet recently posted..ffwD: Herbed Goat Cheese Mini PuffsMy Profile

  7. Qué lindo y bueno se ve!
    Natalia recently posted..Guía Navideña #HolidayGuideMy Profile

  8. Wowzers! Gorgeous take on a margarita..from you…no surprise!!!!!
    Patty recently posted..Cinnamon Roll SconesMy Profile

  9. You had me at Pecan pie and then made me love you with margarita. I may have to do this on Friday after all the guests are home!
    Divina recently posted..THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS!My Profile

  10. Nailed it! This is so awesome. Totally lovin’ the crust letters…and the whole thing just sounds like it was made for me. Was it? Because my hand seems suspiciously empty… ;P
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Butternut Squash, Yellow Raisin, & Pine Nut Salad w/ Pomegranate {12 Weeks of Winter Squash}My Profile

  11. Wow. This is blowing my mind right now, looks so ridiculously good!!
    stephanie @cookinfanatic recently posted..Green Chile Pork & Chickpea StewMy Profile

  12. Oh, I so want one of these right now, you know to get me in the mood for Thanksgiving. ;) Then I want another one on Thanksgiving Day, because you gotta have Pecan Pie. And then another one on Friday, to celebrate that we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)
    Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie recently posted..Silver Dollar Potato Patties w/ Tomato-Chipotle Salsa #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. WOW! This is awesome! So creative and fun and festive! I wish I could take a sip right now
    Kitchen Belleicious recently posted..Chickpea and Zucchini Enchiladas with Roasted Chipotle SauceMy Profile

  14. An awesome idea! This margarita must taste extremely good.



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