Sip into the Season: Crafting the Perfect Fall-a-Rita with Mari Ann James

by North Metro Woman

As the leaves change colors and a brisk chill fills the air, there’s something undeniably magical about the arrival of fall. It’s a time for cozy sweaters, bonfires, and, of course, delicious seasonal drinks.

Today, we’re going to introduce you to a delightful autumn concoction called the Fall-a-Rita, a creation by none other than Mari Ann James, the owner of Broomfield’s Park Wine & Spirits. This cocktail combines the zing of tequila, the tang of margarita mix, and the sweetness of pineapple juice, making it the perfect choice for sipping on a crisp autumn evening.

Let’s dive into the details of this delightful drink!


To craft the Fall-a-Rita, you’ll need the following:

  • Tequila – A quality tequila of your choice. Mari Ann recommends reposado or anejo to bring out the warmth of the cocktail.
  • Margarita Mix – You can use store-bought mix or make your own with fresh lime juice, orange liqueur, and simple syrup.
  • Pineapple Juice – Freshly squeezed or store-bought, it’s your choice.
  • Ice – To keep your drink cool and refreshing.
  • Dash of Sugar, Salt, Cinnamon and Cayenne Pepper (optional) mixed together – for rimming your glass, if desired.
  • Pineapple Wedge (use canned for convenience!) – for garnish.


  1. Rim the Glass (Optional): Before we get started with the cocktail, use your pineapple wedge to rim your glass with the spice mix until it’s nicely coated.
  2. Mix the Ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and combine:
    • 2 oz of tequila
    • 3 oz of margarita mix
    • 1 oz of pineapple juice
  3. Shake It Up:
    • Put the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This will chill and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Pour and Serve:
    • Strain the Fall-a-Rita mixture into  your spice rimmed glass.
    • Add a few ice cubes to keep your drink nice and cold.
    • Garnish with a wedge of pineapple and a cinnamon stick.  The pineapple can be dipped in the spice mix before setting upon the rim of your glass.  The cinnamon stick adds a pop of fall color and makes a stylish stir stick.
  5. Enjoy Responsibly:
    • Find a cozy spot, take a sip, and savor the flavors of fall in a glass.  (Of course, enjoy responsibly.)

Mari Ann shaking it up!

Why the Fall-a-Rita?

  1. Autumn in a Glass: The Fall-a-Rita perfectly captures the essence of fall. The tequila adds warmth, the margarita mix brings zing, and the pineapple juice provides a sweet, tropical twist. It’s like sipping on the changing seasons.
  2. Ease of Preparation: This cocktail is incredibly easy to make. With just a few ingredients and a shaker, you can whip up a batch for yourself or impress your guests at fall gatherings.
  3. Versatile and Customizable: Feel free to get creative with this drink! You can adjust the tequila-to-mix ratio to suit your taste, and if you prefer a sweeter or tarter note, alter the amount of pineapple juice or lime juice accordingly.
  4. Perfect for Seasonal Gatherings: Whether you’re hosting a cozy evening in, a Halloween party, or Thanksgiving dinner, the Fall-a-Rita is an excellent choice. It pairs well with a variety of fall-themed snacks and dishes.

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisper, the Fall-a-Rita offers a fun way to celebrate the beauty of autumn.

Thanks to the creative mind of Mari Ann Smith, owner of Park Wine & Spirits, you can now whip up this tasty, fall-inspired cocktail with ease.

Be sure and visit Park Wine & Spirits at 11410 Via Varra #200, Broomfield, CO 80020 (next to the Audi dealership) to grab all your ingredients. Say hi to Mari Ann (and shop dog Taylor) when you’re in there and let her know you saw her on North Metro Woman!

Check out the video of us making the drink on Instagram!

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