This fun and vibrant prickly pear margarita is perfect for a hot summer day--and for when you can get your hands on fresh prickly pears to make your own syrup. If prickly pears are hard to come by, you can substitute store-bought prickly pear syrup, which can be found at some liquor stores, specialty stores or online. Source:, July 2020

Marianne Williams


Prickly Pear Simple Syrup


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare simple syrup: Remove skin from prickly pears; chop flesh into large chunks. Transfer to a blender; process until completely smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a large saucepan, pressing with the back of a spoon to extract as much juice as possible. Discard solids. Repeat straining once.

  • Stir sugar into the juice in the pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is syrupy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in 1 tablespoon lime juice. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Use immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 2 cups.

  • To prepare margaritas: Spread salt on a small plate. Rub 1 lime wedge around the rims of 4 rocks glasses or margarita glasses. Dip the rims into the salt; set the glasses aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur and 1/4 cup of the simple syrup; cover and shake until very cold, about 30 seconds. Add ice to the prepared glasses; strain the margaritas into the glasses. Serve with the remaining lime wedges.


To make ahead: Refrigerate prickly pear simple syrup (Steps 1-2) in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks

Nutrition Facts

154 calories; 0.1 g total fat; 2 mg sodium. 77 mg potassium; 11.1 g carbohydrates; 0.9 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 0.3 g protein; 21 IU vitamin a iu; 10 mg vitamin c; 4 mcg folate; 15 mg calcium; 20 mg magnesium; 7 g added sugar;