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Happy Friday!!

Today is Mexican Independence Day!!  A wonderful day to celebrate independence, heritage, family and of course TEQUILA!!

Mexico holds a special place in my heart.  Mexico has given two of the most important people in my life, my parents!!

They were both born and raised in Mexico.  I have had the pleasure of spending many wonderful summers in Mexico enjoying family, friends and food.

Okay make that three gifts, Tequila!!  What would life be without Tequila?  Pretty lame I would think.

For the past two weeks I have been sipping glasses of fresh prickly pear water or agua de tuna in the evening with my meals.

In making pitcher upon pitcher I tried to remind myself to save just a little to make margaritas.  Two weeks later after leaving myself a sticky note on the pitcher I saved enough to showcase this pink beauty. 


Prickly pears also known as tuna are the fruit found on nopales. In either red or green they can be found in many Latin markets in the produce section.  The outside skin contains spines so please be careful.

Our local grocery store has them with the spines removed or even peeled and ready to eat.  I prefer to peel my own simply for freshness.  The interior in lined with small seeds.  Your blender should have no problem breaking these down, but strain your water for any little bits that may have lingered. Enjoy!!


Fresh Prickly Pear Water

makes 2 quarts

from girlichef


1½ lb. tunas (prickly pears), purple or green

8 c. cold water, or to taste

1 c. superfine sugar, or to taste


Peel your tunas (prickly pears), halve them and throw them into the blender with a couple of the cups of water; purée until smooth.

Strain through a sieve into a pitcher to remove the seeds and pulp. Stir in remaining water and sugar.

Adjust water (and/or serve it over ice) and sugar amounts to suit your tastes.


Prickly Pear Margarita

by Sweet Life

by Vianney Rodriguez

makes 4 margaritas


lime wedges

1 cup tequila

1 cup fresh prickly pear water

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 cup Cointreau

ice cubes

On a small plate spread salt.  With lime wedges moisten rim of 6 ounce glasses.  Dip glasses into salt.   Place glasses into freezer to chill.

In a pitcher combine tequila, fresh prickly pear water, lime juice and Cointreau.  Remove glasses from freezer and serve margarita mixture over ice. Garnish with lime slices.


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33 Responses to Prickly Pear Margarita

  1. [...] friend Vianney over at Sweet Life also has a great red prickly pear margarita recipe that you should check [...]

  2. Thank you so much for this recipe! I made the prickly pear agua fresca; it was so delicious and easy to make. Now I really can’t wait to add the tequila for margaritas.

  3. [...] until smooth and strain for seeds. The airy shade of lime was the complete opposite from the bright pink shade when I made these margaritas earlier last [...]

  4. [...] Vianney of Sweet Life shares a recipe for prickly pear margaritas. [...]

  5. [...] mixture over ice. Garnish with lime slices. Adapted and re-blogged from Sweet Life. Read more at http://sweetlifebake.com/2011/09/16/prickly-pear-margarita/#ixzz1uVBMkhme Share this:Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. Filed under Uncategorized | Leave a [...]

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  7. yummy ! que rico y refrescante! Thanks for shaorng Bonnie!

  8. Looks so refreshing!

  9. This looks great! Love the idea of prickly pear. Posting this on FB and stumbling– thanks for sharing!

  10. Wow. That looks beautiful! And very refreshing ;)

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  12. I’m digging the generously salted glass rim. This looks absolutely amazing. A perfect switch out for someone who is sick of cosmos or appletinis.

  13. Wow, this is a very nice looking margarita…love the color and the flavor.
    Hope you are having a great week :-)

  14. Bonnie, this margarita looks incredibly refreshing! Thanks for sharing it and making me crave alcohol a little too early in the day, haha. It’s still boiling hot in Austin and I could definitely go for something like this.

  15. Oh Bonnie another one. I am not sure where I will find prickly pears but I must have this.

  16. Delicious! How could I have missed it? I wish I would have made one of these last week. Thank you for sharing with me, my friend!

  17. Hi Vianney – love your tuna margarita! Happy Belated Independence Day.
    Love the glaze on your most recent salmon dish as well!

  18. Wow look at the color of this baby….
    What a lovely looking Margarita….
    Also I want add here the salmon in the post above is just awesome…..

    P.S Also I want to thank you so much for all your kind words, my blog is up.
    Thanks again my dear it meant alot.

  19. I love that salmon (above!) We try to eat salmon once a week and I need a new way to fix it!

  20. i haven’t had nearly enough experience with the prickly pear, but what little i do know of it, i like very much. the color on your beverage is stellar!

  21. Oh girl, I’m loving that color. Gorgeous!

  22. I love margaritas too! I can’t believe how many you have included in this lovely blog of yours! You are my margarita Queen :)
    This one in particular is great. If only I can find some prickly pears!

  23. DELISH! It looks amazing and I love the pear flavor

  24. So happy that you posted this. My cactus in the front yard is full of tunas. Will be making these by next weekend.

  25. Happy Mexican Independence Day!

  26. OMG! That looks SO delicious!!! I want one, right now! :)

  27. Oh my gosh, those colours are stunning! The green lime with the pink drink and the purple-rimmed glass, oh my! So perfect for a celebration.

    Happy Independence Day!


  28. UUU that is looking preety good and i can taste the tangy- ness already.

  29. Mexican Independence Day Bonnie!
    Hope you have a great weekend :)

  30. Oh, I could use a few of these tonight, they sound like the perfect way to celebrate Dia de Independencia! I made some Prickly Pear Margaritas a while back and loved them. Thanks for the mention, mi amiga…and I hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating independence, heritage, family and TEQUILA! :)

  31. I just love the color of this prickly pear margarita! So festive!

  32. Fabulous! This version is very intriguing and so divine looking.



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