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Closeup of a bright pink prickly pear margarita garnished with a lime slice.
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5 from 3 votes

Prickly Pear Margarita

This vibrant pink Prickly Pear Margarita is even more delicious than the green-hued classic. Store-bought prickly pear syrup yields a consistently perfect tequila cocktail that's great for any season.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Victoria


  • Kosher salt
  • 1 ½ ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec or Cointreau
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ 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.


  • This is the prickly pear syrup I use for this recipe. It keeps for quite a while in the refrigerator after opening. Use leftover syrup for topping pancakes or waffles!
  • Definitely squeeze fresh lime juice rather than using bottled lime juice. It makes a huge difference in flavor and quality.
  • Like with anything else, you get what you pay for. Using a higher quality tequila will result in better tasting margaritas. You don't necessarily need to splurge for a top shelf tequila like Patron. Jose Cuervo will work just fine, but avoid cheaper, low quality tequilas if possible. Silver or blanco tequila is ideal for margaritas as it hasn't been aged as long.


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Sodium: 1123mg | Potassium: 8mg | Sugar: 16g