One look at this prickly pear margarita and you can tell it’s ready for a party. Our prickly pear margarita recipe is just as refreshing as it is beautiful, with a vibrant pink hue that’s both natural and tasty. But just so you know, a prickly pear margarita isn’t pear-flavored at all. Prickly pear is actually a fruit that grows on a cactus, with a flavor that crosses between watermelon and classic bubble gum. Combined with bright lime juice and citrusy orange liqueur, the fuchsia fruit transforms into a sweet and sour drink you won’t be able to put down.

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Credit: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Ana Kelly, Mindi Shapiro

Recipe Summary

Makes about 7 cups; 8 servings


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  • Cut ends from prickly pears. Cut a 1/8-inch-deep lengthwise slit through peel on each fruit. Pull back peel and remove from pulp; discard peel. Cut fruit pulp into 1/2-inch chunks.

  • In a blender, combine half of all these ingredients: prickly pear chunks, lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and sugar; whirl until smooth. Add half the ice and whirl until blended. Pour into glasses slowly, leaving seeds behind. Discard seeds.

  • Repeat step 2 with remaining pear chunks, lime juice, tequila, liqueur, sugar, and ice.

  • Garnish with lime slices.

Chef's Notes

Look for prickly pears (also called cactus pears, Indian figs, and tunas) with fresh produce in supermarkets and Latino markets. Wear heavy cotton or rubber gloves or use a thick towel to hold them when peeling.

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; calories from fat 1.5%; protein 0.5g; fat 0.3g; carbohydrates 17g; sodium 7.6mg.