Prickly pear margarita recipe from cooking with cocktail rings

Prickly Pear Margarita

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!

Prickly pear actually comes from the orange flower from a type of cactus. This margarita utilizes the juice made from the orange flower for a fruity, sweet yet tart cocktail perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Pair it with some chips, salsa and guacamole for a party.



3 ounces tequila blanco

1½ ounces Cointreau

1½ 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



Add the tequila, Cointreau, 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.


Makes 2 10-ounce drinks.


*Note: Prickly pear syrup can be found at larger liquor stores like Bevmo, some health food stores or online here.


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