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Prickly Pear Margaritas

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These vibrant pink Prickly Pear Margaritas are the ultimate, refreshing summer drink! They are made with simple margarita ingredients; tequila blanco, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave nectar with the addition of fresh prickly pear syrup.

Prickly Pear Margarita Recipe on the rocks.

My son and his wife have found an awesome restaurant in Gilbert, Arizona. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. is actually a brewery, but they also serve food and the most amazing Prickly Pear Margaritas!! By the way, the bacon cheeseburger is perfection and the duck fat fries are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

I have been waiting patiently for my prickly pears to ripen so I could make my own at home, and they were worth the wait.

Image of a prickly pear cactus with bright red fruit.

Check out this Prickly Pear Simple Syrup post to learn all about prickly pear fruit.

What you will need

Ingredients to make prickly pear margarita on the rocks.

I wrote down all of the ingredients listed and the menu. Unfortunately light agave syrup is sold out everywhere, so I had to make my Prickly Pear Simple Syrup with sugar instead. Still delicious and super easy to make.

  • Tequila Blanco – you want a high-quality tequila like Casamigos, Patrón, Don Fulano, and Cabo Wabo. You really can taste the difference. 
  • Orange Liqueur – Cointreau or Gran Marnier are much better options than triple sec, which has a much weaker flavor that is not nearly as smooth.
  • Lime Juice – from fresh limes not the chemical tasting version sold in the little green plastic limes in the refrigerator section.
  • Prickly Pear Syrup – fresh, homemade syrup will have the freshest flavor but store-bought works when prickly pears are out of season.
  • Black Hawaiian Sea Salt – black salt creates a striking contrast again the bright pink. I used a combination of black and kosher salt, but plain kosher salt works just as well.

Be sure to check out the detailed printable recipe card below

How to make prickly pear margaritas

Prepare rocks glasses by rubbing a lime wedge around the edge of each glass. Dip into black sea salt on a small plate and fill with ice.

Alternate method: use a paint brush dipped in simple syrup to create a large “V” on one side of the glass. Hold the glass over a plate and sprinkle the black sea salt over the syrup. Set aside to dry then fill with ice.

Three short glasses filled with bright pink prickly pear margarita with black salted rim and lime wheels for garnish.

Add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and prickly pear syrup to an ice filled cocktail shaker.

Prickly pear margarita ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

Shake vigorously for 30 seconds to combine.

Strain into prepared glasses and garnish with a lime slice or wedges. Serve immediately.

Three rocks glasses filled with bright pink prickly pear margarita with lime wedges and black salted rim.

The gorgeous color makes these margaritas perfect for Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, 4th of July, or even Valentine’s Day!

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • For frozen margaritas – pour ingredients and ice into a blender instead of the cocktail shaker and puree until smooth.

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Prickly Pear Margarita Recipe on the rocks.

Prickly Pear Margaritas

These vibrant pink Prickly Pear Margaritas are made with tequila blanco, orange liqueur, lime juice, agave, and fresh prickly pear syrup.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: tequila cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • 1.5 ounces orange liqueur
  • 1.5 ounces prickly pear syrup
  • 0.5 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Hawaiian Black Lava Sea Salt for the rim

Instructions

  • Prepare rocks glasses by rubbing a lime wedge around the edge of each glass. Dip into black sea salt on a small plate and fill with ice.
  • Alternate method: use a paint brush dipped in simple syrup to create a large “V” on one side of the glass. Hold the glass over a plate and sprinkle the black sea salt over the syrup. Set aside to dry then fill with ice.
  • Add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and prickly pear syrup to an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds to combine.
  • Strain into prepared glasses and garnish with a lime slice or wedges. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • For frozen margaritas – pour ingredients and ice into a blender instead of the cocktail shaker and puree until smooth.
  • Use the best quality ingredients that you can for the best tasting margaritas.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg

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