One of my favorite fruity cocktails by far is the Prickly Pear Margarita. This vibrant pink concoction is even more delicious than the green-hued standby. Store-bought prickly pear syrup yields a consistently perfect cocktail that’s great for any season.
(This recipe was originally published in February 2019, but was updated with new photos and content in 2020).
Shaking up cocktails at home is almost as fun as drinking them! It’s a great way to get creative while saving a few bucks on bar prices. These bright pink prickly pear margaritas are delicious year around.
They use store-bought prickly pear syrup, perfect for these easy margaritas. The syrup keeps for quite a while in the refrigerator after opening. Use any leftover syrup for topping pancakes or waffles. Yum!
These colorful cocktails are perfect for so many different occasions. Enjoy them on Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. Serve them on Cinco de Mayo or ANY Taco Tuesday. The pink color would also lend well to bridal and baby showers (or bachelorette parties).
Make a full pitcher when hosting game day or game night for friends. Whip them up at your next cookout. Or just shake one up after a rough day at work. Whatever floats your boat.
What are prickly pears?
Prickly pears, or cactus pears, are vibrant pink fruits that grow on cacti. Prickly pear products are commonly sold in Arizona, where prickly pears thrive. I have occasionally seen fresh prickly pears sold at my local Whole Foods in Rhode Island.
Products made from the fruits, such as syrups and honeys, are not as readily available in many other states. You can typically order them online, however.
Prickly pears are actually extremely beneficial to one’s health! Studies have found them to aid in the management and treatment of type 2 diabetes, have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, among other incredible qualities. They are also high in dietary fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
So really, these prickly pear margaritas are good for you. Totally healthy! *wink wink*
How to make the margaritas
These hot pink cocktails are not only delicious and refreshing, but they are absolutely gorgeous. The color is completely natural and oh so beautiful.
They are super easy to make. Instead of using a neutral simple syrup we are using prickly pear syrup to sweeten our prickly pear margaritas.
Begin by prepping your glass. Wet the rim of a margarita glass or tumbler by rubbing a lime wedge around the circumference. Rotate the rim of the glass in kosher salt spread on a flat plate. Fill the glass about halfway with ice cubes, and set aside.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, triple sec, freshly squeezed lime juice, and prickly pear syrup. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass. Garnish the rim with a slice of lime, and serve immediately.
I’ve played around quite a bit with the amount of syrup in this recipe. Half an ounce is a reasonable amount, and yields a balanced prickly pear margarita. If you have a sweet tooth, feel free to increase the amount of syrup to a full ounce. I certainly won’t judge you.
You can also double the recipe to make a giant margarita like they serve at Mexican restaurants! I’ve definitely done this on more than one occasion! Some days you just need a double.
More cocktail recipes you may like
- Hibiscus Margarita
- Tamarind Margaritas
- Fresh Pineapple Margaritas
- Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini
- Beauty Elixir
- Ooh La La (A Mojito-Inspired Craft Cocktail)
What’s your favorite kind of margarita? Are you a frozen or on the rocks kind of drinker? Salted, sugared, or naked rim? Let me know how favorite ways to enjoy a margarita in the comments!
Prickly Pear Margarita
- Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce triple sec or Cointreau
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 ounce prickly pear syrup
- 1 lime slice or wedge for garnish
- Wet the rim of a margarita glass or tumbler by rubbing a lime wedge around its circumference. Rotate the rim of the glass in kosher salt spread on a flat plate. Fill the glass about halfway with ice cubes.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, triple sec, freshly squeezed lime juice, and prickly pear syrup. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass. Garnish the rim with a lime slice or wedge. Serve immediately.