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red prickly pear frozen margarita in a glass

Frozen prickly pear margarita

  • Author: Maura Wall Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Red prickly pears are the star of this spin on a classic frozen margarita.



4 ounces (1/2 cup) tequila blanco

1 ounce Cointreau

3 large red prickly pears (tunas rojas)

Juice of 1/2 of a large lime

1/2 cup natural cane sugar, such as Zulka azúcar morena

3 cups ice

1 tablespoon of Tajín (to rim the glasses; optional)


Remove the skin from the prickly pears and chop roughly.

Add chopped prickly pears to a food processor or blender with tequila blanco, Cointreau, lime juice and sugar. Puree until smooth, then strain the puree to remove the prickly pear seeds.

In a clean blender or food processor cup, add the strained puree and 3 cups of ice and blend until the mixture becomes slushy.

Wet the rims of the glasses by rubbing with a lime wedge. Put the Tajín in a flat dish and dip the glass rims in it until they’re coated all the way around. 

Pour the margarita into the glasses and serve immediately.

Keywords: red prickly pear, red cactus pear, cactus fruit, margarita