Top 9 Prickly Pear Cocktails to Try

Prickly pear cocktails bring a fresh twist to the bar scene, blending the unique sweetness and tang of the desert fruit with spirits for a memorable drink. The pinkish-red hue of prickly pears, harvested from cacti, not only adds vibrant color but also imparts a distinctive flavor. These cocktails mix the fruit’s essence with various spirits, creating refreshing options perfect for warm evenings or as inventive takes on classic drinks. Fans of unique flavors and vibrant presentations will be drawn to these offerings. For anyone looking to explore beyond traditional cocktails, this roundup is a must-try.

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The Prickly Pear Margarita

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The Prickly Pear Margarita’s staple ingredient is the syrup derived from the fruit itself. The color is all-natural, and the syrup lends a fruity sweetness with hints of raspberry and watermelon. To make this one at home, you’ll need four ingredients: tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and Prickly Pear syrup.

Prickly Pear Mojito

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A deliciously sweet mojito, this drink highlights the strawberry notes found in the Prickly Pear fruit. A perfect option for bachelorette parties or bridal showers, this drink has a bright pink color. The ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe are white rum, lime juice, Prickly Pear cocktail mixture, simple syrup or agave syrup, and sparkling water or club soda.

Prickly Pear Mezcal Cocktail

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To compliment the sweet taste of the Prickly Pear, smokey Mezcal brings complexity to the cocktail. This recipe requires fresh ingredients and the usual mix of ingredients, making it a touch more complicated (but absolutely worth it). The ingredients to make this unique are fresh Prickly Pear, Mezcal, lime juice, ice cubes, coarse salt, and Prickly pear syrup.

Prickly Pear Martini

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The Prickly Pear martini is a twist on the old classic, bringing a taste of the southwest to your cocktail. The orange liqueur pairs charmingly with the notes of watermelon and strawberry from the Prickly Pear syrup. With just four ingredients, this martini isn’t overly difficult to make. All you’ll need for this martini is vodka, Prickly Pear syrup, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.

Prickly Pear Royale Cocktail

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A riff on the classic Kir Royale, the addition of Prickly Pear liqueur, fresh lime juice, and brut champagne makes for an absolutely luxurious cocktail to experiment with on your palate. You can add a chili powder dash to add complexity to the flavor. Made with Prickly Pear liqueur from Thatcher’s Organic, this is a simple and delicious taste of the southwest desert.

The Prickly Lady Cocktail

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Like the other Mezcal recipe on our list, this leans into that enticing pairing of smoky and sweet to utter perfection. You’ll pay for that sophisticated taste by working with a little more complicated recipe than average. But it’s a small price to play! To embark on the Prickly Lady adventure, you’ll need Mezcal, ginger liqueur, Prickly Pear juice (fresh), lime juice, powdered sugar, ice, and lime slice.

Del Estroibo Cocktail

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Based on a Daiquiri template, this cocktail brings joy with the bubbly pink of Prickly Pear syrup and the tang of citrus. Served in a highball and poured all over ice, this is a premier drink to enjoy when summer is at its height. You’ll need white rum, Prickly Pear syrup, toasted corn syrup, lime juice, and green Chartreuse.

Prickly Pear Cactus Mojito

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Everyone loves a good mojito, but adding Prickly Pear syrup in lieu of simple syrup is a fantastic way to dress this recipe up into something fabulous. The syrup adds Prickly Pears’ signature pink color and imparts a delectable fruity flavor. You’ll want to cool off with this one, and all you’ll need is Prickly Pear syrup, spearmint leaves, lime juice, rum, crushed ice, and club soda.

The O.P.P. (Our Prickly Paloma)

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Our Prickly Paloma doesn’t have the same hot pink color as other recipes on this list. Instead, what we have is a hue closer to grapefruit juice! We can thank the grapefruit juice soda for that, adding a sharpness to the Prickly Paloma’s sweetness. It is created with Patrón Reposado, Prickly Pear purée, lime juice, cane syrup, a pinch of salt, grapefruit soda, and grapefruit slice.

A vibrant prickly pear cocktail. The cocktail, in the foreground, is served in a stylish martini glass, showcasing a bright magenta color from the prickly pear juice. It's garnished with a slice of prickly pear and a sprig of mint. On the side, a small cutting board holds a sliced prickly pear and a lime wedge. The background features a chic outdoor patio setting, with elegant outdoor furniture, a variety of potted desert plants, and a view of a stunning desert landscape with cacti and distant mountains, under a clear blue sky.

9 Prickly Pear Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.8 from 4 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: prickly pear cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner


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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

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