Prickly Pear Margarita is an easy twist on the classic. The agave-based drink gets yet another cactus ingredient with homemade prickly pear syrup, and it’s delicious! Learn how to make this fruity margarita on the rocks, a frozen margarita, and a big batch pitcher of this tasty warm-weather drink.
Hello my friends. Just when I thought I knew the margarita well, this most famous tequila-based drink found yet another new way to surprise me. Today we pay homage to the agave spirit, this time with the fruit of a cactus. Prickly pears are these exotic, spiny fruits that look like something you don’t want to grab with your bare hands, and you really shouldn’t unless you know what you’re doing!
The fruit’s thorny personality might make it look a bit hostile, but that’s no reason we shouldn’t add it to our cooking repertoire, particularly in the mixed drink department. Yes, prickly pears are unlike any other fruit, but they’re delicious. And once I distilled their flavor as an easy-to-make prickly pear syrup, a world of possibilities opened, including making these prickly pear margaritas.
Watch How to Make a Prickly Pear Margarita Video
What goes into a Prickly Pear Margarita?
This might be an exotic version of the Mexican classic, but it’s still very much a margarita, so you’ll need tequila.
I’ve been asked, what is the best tequila for margaritas? I’ve realized the best Tequila is Blanco or white tequila since there’s no place for oaky scents in such summery drinks. Instead, you want that agave aftertaste permeating your cocktail. Then, you want a tequila that’s not overly expensive, but not cheap either. As long as it’s made 100% with agave, you’ll be just fine.
Then you need orange liqueur (aka triple sec), and for this one, my favorite is the French Cointreau; it’s not only deliciously citrusy but also boozier than most other alternatives, just saying.
Of course, you’ll also need freshly squeezed lime juice, sea salt for the rim of the glass, and today’s secret ingredient: prickly pear simple syrup. And the cool thing about this syrup is that it’s straightforward; just prickly pears, sugar, water, and a splash of lime juice. Check the prickly pear syrup recipe and watch the video on how to cut the prickly pear cactus fruit correctly so you don't hurt your fingers.
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How to make Prickly Pear Frozen Margaritas?
Making frozen margaritas doesn't get any simpler than this... just throw all the ingredients as per the recipe card in the blender with ice and as easy as that you have a frozen margarita in seconds.
Should you make a Round of Margaritas or a Whole Pitcher?
Let me know if this sounds like you. You put together an inventive cocktail or learn a new recipe online and have some friends over for a round of drinks. All is fun and games until you tire of playing the bartender role. Well, that’s when you make a pitcher.
And don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing like making individual cocktails in a cocktail shaker; you can’t beat that. But making a pitcher will save you some trouble, and it’s a better alternative for when you’re entertaining a large thirsty crowd.
Below, you’ll find out how to make a par of prickly pear margaritas, and how to make a pitcher in minutes. Not all cocktails are pitcher material, though. I wouldn’t make a pitcher of martinis, but the margarita is noble like that; it’s meant to be shared in large volumes!
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Prickly Pear Margarita recipe
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
Make a prickly pear margarita with the classic ingredients of Tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice, along with a very special homemade prickly pear syrup.
- 4 oz. Tequila Blanco
- 2 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 2 oz. prickly pear syrup
- for garnish, lime and sea salt
- Prepare glasses by rubbing a lime wedge around the edge of your glass. Dip in sea salt to coat, and fill with ice.
- Add tequila, Cointreau, freshly squeezed lime juice, and prickly pear syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain into your prepared margarita glasses.
- Garnish with a lime slice and serve.
For a pitcher: Use 2 cups tequila, 1 cup Cointreau, ½ cup lime juice, and 1 cup prickly pear syrup
For frozen margaritas: Add ice to the above ingredients and blend
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Drink responsibly. If you are under the legal drinking age limit for your state or country, this recipe is not for you. Sorry.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Cocktail
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: classic margarita, frozen margaritas, margarita pitcher recipe, margarita recipe, tequila drinks, tequila cocktails, Fruity Cocktail
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Shashi at Savory Spin
Wow - the color is stunning! Such a tasty and unique drink - looking forward to trying this recipe soon!
Yes the color is something special. The prickly pears do all the work.
That looks super refreshing and I love the vibrant colour. I can't wait to try.
Glad to hear you like it. Do let us know when you get a chance to try it.
Omg what a fun twist on a classic margarita! This drink was perfect for the super hot day we had today - it was refreshing and delicious!
We love hearing how our cocktails can quench your thirst on a hot day.
I love such amazing drink option. This is so refreshing and the color is so soothing. I just want to grab a sip.
You can grab as many sips as you like. All you need to do is make the recipe. LOL
I never tasted a Pear Margarita before! I really loved it. Thanks for this recipe. I'll definitely keep making this during this hot summer!
Glad you like the prickly pear margarita. Have a great rest of the summer.