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On a recent episode of Bar Rescue, the bartenders in a Maryland bar learned how to make a margarita using tequila and Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow vodka. The mixologist said it was a weird combo. I believed her, but needed to try a concoction. And take away another can of pumpkin from the pantry towards my personal challenge of 99 pumpkin recipes.

The syrup makes about 1 1/4 c but you only need about 1/7 of this. Make it all anyway. This drink is so yummy you might as well make an entire batch. Or use the syrup, mixed with some maple, on waffles, etc; mix with cream and add to your coffee. The possibilities are endless. I need to go buy me some more tequila.

Make the syrup in advance to have it chilled and ready to pour.

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What you need:

Pumpkin Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 c cane sugar
  • 1 c water
  • 3 tbs pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla (Mexican, of course)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • 1 1/4 oz Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow
  • 1/4 oz Reposado tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz pumpkin syrup
  • Ice

What you do:


Make ahead so you can drink right away…nothing worse than watching a pot boil, or in this case a boiled pot cool.

  • Over med heat, mix ingredients until sugar is dissolved.
  • Reduce and continue cooking about 15 min.
  • Remove from heat and cool.


  • Fill shaker with ice.
  • Add ingredients and shake
  • Strain, serve on rocks in ’rita or ’tini glass.
  • Serve with slightly toasted mini-marshmallows, toasted.