frozen pink margarita in glass with lime and salt

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This frozen prickly pear margarita is made with fresh prickly pear, lime juice, Cointreau, and tequila. It is refreshing, slightly sweet, and a beautiful bright pink color.Prickly pear fruit is native to Mexico and South America, but it can be found in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, and parts of the Middle East. It is known for its thick spiny skin and soft, sweet, & watery interior. There are many varieties, but the most well known are green, red, yellow, brown and pink.

red prickly pear
red prickly pear

It’s the perfect summer fruit, it tastes like a weird combination of pear, cucumber, watermelon and pineapple. It has only one monstrous defect, besides the tiny spines that line its exterior, the flesh of the fruit is riddled with seeds. It is commonly used to make drinks, candy, or jelly.

red prickly pear

You can find them at your local Mexican or Hispanic market. They are in season from early spring to late fall. To prepare them, use a paring knife to cut off both ends of the fruit and make a 1/4 of an inch deep cut lengthwise. Please, please, please wear gloves when working with this fruit.

red prickly pear u

Even though you can find them without the large spines at the store, the tiny and almost hair like spines remain and can get lodged in your flesh. They truly are tiny! Place your finger in between the flesh and the outer skin and simply pull back, the outer layer should come off easily. You can store them in your refrigerator for up to a week or at room temperature if you are going to eat them in one or two days.

red prickly pear
Peeled prickly pears in a blender
Have I mentioned that I love tequila? I know some of you must be fighting your gag reflex just thinking about tequila, but not me. Tequila and I go way back, but that’s another story, preferably one told while drinking tequila. After you try this prickly pear margarita you might reconsider your aversion to tequila, at least I hope you do.
Prickly pear juice being strained

As far as tequila goes, we usually drink Corralejo, Don Juilo, or Clase Azul, but this time we used Cazadores which is a great option for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money. As for margaritas, I’m happy to see more bars have stopped using sour mix and creating their own flavored syrups and liquors. Did you know, margaritas in Mexico are made with lime juice, tequila, and triple sec or Cointreau? That’s it! Even if this is your first time using prickly pear, you are going to love this margarita.

frozen pink margarita in glass with lime an salt

The Recipe: Frozen Prickly Pear Margarita

  • You can add agave syrup to sweeten the margarita if you prefer your margaritas on the sweet side.
  • You can also use green prickly pear.
  • Enjoy!!
frozen pink margarita in glass with lime an salt

Frozen Prickly Pear Margarita

Frozen Prickly pear margarita, a refreshing way to cool down this summer. 
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Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: frozen, margarita, prickly pear
Servings: 2 Large Margaritas
Calories: 483kcal
Author: Dora S.


  • 4 Red prickly pears, peeled
  • ¾ cup Tequila, reposado
  • ½ cup Cointreau,
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh
  • 2 cups Ice As Needed


  • Blend prickly pears on low for 60 seconds. Then blend on high for 30 seconds. Strain. Set liquid aside.
  • Pour tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and prickly pear juice in blender. Add ice and blend on high.
  • Serve in two salt rimmed glasses.



If you would like to sweeten this margarita add 1/4 cup of agave nectar. Start with two cups of ice, but add as much as you need.


Serving: 2margaritas | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 473mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 26.4mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates.

4 replies
  1. Yaya
    Yaya says:

    This looks really good. I think I will try it. I would just substitute the prickly pears with mangoes or pomegranates since I can’t get them anywhere near where I live. =)

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