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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: EatingWell.com, July 2020


Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr


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

1 cocktail
154 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 11.1g; dietary fiber 0.9g; sugars 7.5g; fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 20.7IU; vitamin c 9.9mg; folate 3.6mcg; calcium 15.3mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 19.9mg; potassium 76.6mg; sodium 2.3mg; added sugar 7g.