Prickly Pear Margarita

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Prickly pear actually comes from the orange flower from a type of cactus.

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When I found out that prickly pear is not in fact pear with a jazzy name, I felt deceived. I had been ordering the margarita with that name for years thinking it was pear and always wondered why it didn’t taste like ear. Of course I didn’t care enough to ask, it’s a really delicious drink!

This margarita utilizes the juice made from the orange flower of cacti for a fruity, sweet yet tart cocktail perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The prickly pear gives it a unique flavor and bright pink hue. Pair it with some chips, salsa and guacamole for a party.

Prickly Pear Margarita

Prickly pear margarita recipe from cooking with cocktail rings

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Prickly pear syrup – Prickly pear actually comes from the orange flower from a type of cactus. Prickly pear syrup can be found at larger liquor stores like Bevmo, some health food stores or online here.
  • Tequila – When choosing a tequila, I use tequila blanco also known as silver tequila in my margaritas. Look for a higher end brand (trust me it will help with your hangover the next morning) – the label should say 100% agave. 
  • Triple sec – Triple sec is a sweet, clear, orange liqueur made with 15%-40% alcohol from sweet and bitter orange peels. Cointreau is a type of triple sec. It’s a higher end label with a higher alcohol content than most other triple secs.

How to Make a Prickly Pear Margarita Recipe

  1. Shake with ice. Add the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, prickly pear syrup and agave to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously.
  2. Rim glasses with salt. Add kosher salt and sugar to a shallow dish, mixing to combine. Rub the rim of glass with the lime slice then dip the glass in the salt and sugar mixture to garnish the rim.
  3. Pour and enjoy! Add ice to the glass then strain the shaken margarita into the glass. Garnish with the lime slice and serve immediately.
prickly pear margarita tequila cooking with cocktail rings

Prickly Pear Margarita

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Serves 2 (10-ounce) drinks

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces tequila blanco
  • ounces Triple sec
  • ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ½ ounces prickly pear syrup*
  • ½ ounce agave syrup
  • lime slice
  • kosher salt for garnish
  • granulated sugar for garnish

Instructions:

  • Add the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, prickly pear syrup and agave to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously.
  • Add kosher salt and sugar to a shallow dish, mixing to combine. Rub the rim of glass with the lime slice then dip the glass in the salt and sugar mixture to garnish the rim.
  • Add ice to the glass then strain the shaken margarita into the glass. Garnish with the lime slice and serve immediately.

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