Cocktails

Prickly Pear Margarita – Four Ingredient Cocktail Recipe

A Prickly Pear Margarita is a sweet and beautiful pink cocktail. Best of all, it only needs 4 ingredients! It’s such an easy drink recipe!

Margaritas are my favorite cocktail. They are incredibly customizable with whatever flavors you like. These Prickly Pear Margaritas are made with prickly pear syrup which adds a complex flavor to the drink. The cocktail only uses four ingredients: blanco tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and prickly pear syrup. 

Pink Prickly Pear Margarita in a textured glass with a wheel of lime garnish.

The first sip of this delicious cocktail will transport you to a warm summer day. It’s a sweeter margarita that makes the desert pear the star of the show.

What is a Prickly Pear Margarita?

Margaritas are one of the most popular cocktails in America. A basic margarita contains tequila, lime juice, and orange liquor. However, the cocktail is easily adapted with additional flavors. Seasonal fruits and ingredients transform margaritas into festive drinks for any time of year.

Prickly Pears, also called desert pears or cactus pears, are the fruit of a cactus. They are more popular in Latin America where they grow natively. They have a delicious flavor that tastes like a combination of melon and kiwi. Some people think the sweet flavor also tastes a little like bubble gum. This makes them a perfect complement to the sweet and salty flavor of a classic margarita.

Two pink Prickly Pear Margaritas in textured glasses with a wheel of lime garnish.

Fresh prickly pears are not readily available in grocery stores in my area, so I had to exclude them. Typically, I’d make my own prickly pear syrup recipe, but without the fresh fruit, I couldn’t do that. Prickly Pear juice and prickly pear puree are not available near me either. But it is easy to order syrup of any flavor!

Looking for another prickly pear cocktail idea? Try this delicious Violet Sake!

Ingredients for This Prickly Pear Margarita Recipe

  • Tequila – Silver tequila, also called tequila blanco, is the best tequila for this cocktail. Silver tequila has a stronger, clearer taste than gold tequila. It is better for flavored margaritas because it doesn’t mask the additional flavors.
  • Triple Sec – This orange liqueur enhances the fruity flavors of the margarita. Substitute triple sec for Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or any other orange liqueur you have on hand.
  • Lime Juice – Add additional brightness and acidity to the margarita with fresh lime juice. You can’t have a margarita without a splash of lime!
  • Prickly Pear Syrup – Sweeten this marg a little more with a splash of prickly pear syrup. It has all of the flavors of a prickly pear but it is concentrated and enhanced in a simple syrup. The syrup has a beautiful deep pink color which makes the margarita beautiful. You can order prickly pear syrup online. I used Monin Desert Pear Syrup for this recipe. It’s difficult to find fresh prickly pears, which is why this recipe excludes them.

How to Make a Prickly Pear Margarita

These hot pink Prickly Pear Margaritas incorporate the unique flavor of prickly pear cactus fruit using a simple cactus pear syrup. It adds a bright pink hue to the cocktail.

Step 1 – In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and prickly pear syrup.

Step 2 – Add a handful of ice to the shaker. Then firmly place the lid on the cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds to combine the cocktail ingredients and chill them.

Step 3 – Pour into a cocktail glass with a salted rim.

For garnish, add a lime wheel. Or a fun tropical umbrella.

What Type of Glass Do I Use?

  • Margarita glass – Margarita glasses are an obvious choice for margaritas. They have a stem and a wide mouth. A wide-mouth glass allows the alcohol to “breathe” or disperse more evenly. The stem allows the drink to stay cold. You hold a margarita glass by the stem so the cocktail doesn’t warm from your hands. A margarita in a margarita glass does not typically contain ice.
  • Short tumbler – Not everyone has a set of margarita glasses at home. So a short tumbler or rocks glass is also perfect for a margarita. With this glass, add ice to keep your cocktail cold. Also, the ice dilutes the cocktail a bit. That’s perfect if you don’t like your margaritas as strong. Personally, I prefer margaritas over ice with a straw!

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How to Salt Rim a Glass

Many margaritas have a salted rim. Adding salt to the rim of a margarita glass enhances the flavor of a good margarita. It also adds a fun and beautiful touch to the drink.

First, run a slice of lime along the rim of the glass. This creates a wet and sticky surface for the salt to stick to. 

Next, flip the glass upside down and place it in a shallow bowl of margarita salt or kosher salt. Margarita salt is a coarse salt made of bigger salt flakes. So they are more visible. It also has a better flavor. If you make a lot of margaritas, consider buying a salt rimmer.

Pink Prickly Pear Margarita in a textured glass with a wheel of lime garnish.

Can I Make These Margaritas In a Big Batch?

Margaritas are the perfect big-batch cocktail and you can make them in advance! Multiply the ingredients by the number of guests you wish to serve. Then mix all of the ingredients, without ice, in a large pitcher. Keep the pitcher in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve drinks. Then guests may serve themselves from the pitcher.

How to Store This Cocktail

Store desert pear margaritas in an airtight jar or glass bottle in the refrigerator for a week. Perfect for when you want a low-maintenance cocktail with dinner. Or to enjoy while watching a movie!

A Prickly Pear Margarita is a delicious drink with a unique twist of sweetness. It’s the perfect cocktail when you want a sweet and salty drink. They are full of flavor and look beautiful!

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Pink Prickly Pear Margarita in a textured glass with a wheel of lime garnish.

Prickly Pear Margarita

A Prickly Pear Margarita is a sweet and beautiful pink cocktail. Best of all, it only needs 4 ingredients! It's such an easy drink recipe!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails
Servings 1 person

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz tequila blanco
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1.5 oz prickly pear syrup

Instructions
 

  • Combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and prickly pear syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add a handful of ice to the shaker. Firmly place the lid on the cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds to combine the cocktail ingredients.
  • Pour into a cocktail glass with a salted rim.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel.
Keyword margarita

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