Prickly Pear Margarita

Prickly Pear Margarita is a real show stopper with its stunning color from a cactus pear syrup made simply from scratch.
Prickly Pear Margarita

Prickly Pear Margarita

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

This week, for #SundaySupper the theme is all about simple cocktails for summer.

So imagine my delight when I was shopping at a local market, and there they were, just sitting there all sparkly with bloggerish delight, calling my name, the fruit of the cactus, the fresh prickly pear.
Prickly Pears
I snatched those things up righteously quick, because as a blogger, it’s what bloggers do. We go ape over special and unusual ingredients.

So I brought those home and easily made them into a syrup of the most astonishingly brilliant magenta color. Just four pears made quite a bit, but I am confident in freezing any extra I won’t use in a couple of weeks, but I doubt it will last that long.
Prickly Pear Margarita

The flavor of it is quite interesting- like mixed berries with a hint of watermelon and bubblegum. So you are looking at this drink thinking it is all girly and stuff. Lightweight.  Please do a Facebook live video of yourself when you think you can talk these down. Hahahaha we all want to see that. Ahem.

You might end up  like the guy who  sat next to us at the pizza parlor up in Dayton tonight- I noticed his volume switch had been broken, and looking at how much craft brew was left in his glass, he should have demurely declined before showering me with an outlandish amount of f-bombs regarding some former female companion of his- all told in earnest to his drinking buddy (and unfortunately the rest of the restaurant as well) but that’s just it with some people. They are afraid they will lose face if they just say they’ve had enough. As for me, I had finished a grapefruit IPA at a local brewery before we went for dinner, so I wimpishly settled for a coke.

One was plenty for me, and that’s fine. If I fall asleep sipping this one before I hit send, you’ll know what happened, that I went all old-lady on you and nodded off. So if you are at home, you can do that, but out there in the world,  please drink responsibly. Or old ladies like me will mutter nonsensical things under their breath at you (like I did with drunk pizza dude).

But anyhoo- enjoy. It sho’ is purdy, isn’t it?

Prickly Pear Margarita

Prickly Pear Margarita

Prickly Pear Margarita
Most of that time is for the syrup, but you can buy it if you are short on time

(But where’s the fun in that?!?!?!?)

One serving cocktail; there will be a lot of prickly pear syrup extra

Margarita Ingredients:

  • Pink colored hibiscus flower salt (as needed)
  • 1-1/2 ounces 100% agave blanco (white) tequila
  • 1 ounce O3 Dekuyper Orange Liqueur (may sub triple sec)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce prickly pear syrup
  • lime slice or wedge

Prickly Pear Syrup Ingredients:

(Yield: 36 fluid ounces)

  • 1-1/2 pounds prickly pears
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2-2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice


  1. Prepare the syrup: trim cichlids (dark spots where thorns grow) from pears with a knife.
  2. Quarter the fruits and place in a saucepan with 2-1/2 cups water; bring to a boil then remove from heat. Cover pan and let sit in the hot water for thirty minutes.
  3. Place contents of saucepan in a food mill and puree, discarding solids.
  4. Filter prickly pear juice through a coffee filter; you may have to switch filters as one bogs down, but you don’t want to skip this step.
  5. Place filtered juice in a clean saucepan with the sugar and lime juice, and bring to a boil, whisking until sugar dissolves, then remove from heat and cool.
  6. Refrigerate or freeze until needed.

Make the margarita:

  1. Dip rim of margarita glass in water and then into colored salt.
  2. Shake together tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and prickly pear syrup in a shaker with ice; pour into prepared margarita glass; garnish with lime slice and serve.

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9 responses

  1. I usually get the prickly pear syrup on Amazon because so few stores carry fresh prickly pears here, go figure. I’ve always just loved the color! 🙂

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