hot pink margarita

Ever wanted to know how to make a hot pink margarita? You’re in luck! I’ve been on a serious margarita kick since we moved to Dallas. After trying the prickly pear margarita at Chuy’s and posting a picture on Instagram, I knew I had to find a way to recreate it at home. Gretchen and I started searching for recipes online and then played around to see which ones tasted best. I’m so stoked with how this one turned out — I really need to plan a housewarming party so I have an excuse to whip up another batch!

prickly pear margarita recipe

Hot pink prickly pear margaritas (makes four)

6 ounces clear tequila (we used Patrón Silver)

4 ounces Cointreau

4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice

2 ounces prickly pear cactus syrup (we used this one)

1 ounce orange juice

Salt for rims

Lime wedges for garnish


1.  Slice and squeeze limes. Use one lime to rim glasses with salt.

2. Mix ingredients in cocktail shaker and pour over ice.

3. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and serve.

hot pink prickly pear margaritas

Tag me on Instagram @mackenziehoran if you decide to try them — I can’t wait to hear what you think!

P.S. I picked up these glasses at Pottery Barn (we’d been using these from my boutique but I wanted to be able to see the pretty pink color!) and I love that they’re basically unbreakable. #winning


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  1. Hi! Just wondering if this recipe uses orange juice from the store, or like freshly squeezed oranges?

  2. Is there any way or me to print out this recipe for prickly pear margaritas? I am trying to make a margarita book to take to a bar shower next weekend with glasses and the required ingredients and prickly pear is one of my favorites! You are totally too cute, and I have never seen anyone dress so fashionably in Africa! and you must spend a fortune on your wardrobe!! And a Nantucket wedding! How perfect. I’ll be going back to read more of your African honeymoon.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! Unfortunately I don’t have a way to print it out besides you just hitting “file > print” on the entire blog post. Sorry about that!

  3. These are, by far, the BEST margarita we’ve ever had! They were a very welcomed refreshment on a warm spring day, as they were offered for our daughter’s wedding happy hour signature beverage. Spring might seem a little early to be shaking up a margarita, but in Arizona we enjoy them during most seasons. Salud!

  4. Hello –

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  5. This looks so delicious! I live in the desert and have gone through the painful experience of harvesting the cactus fruit fresh, so seeing there is a syrup that I can buy makes me so happy!

    I’m currently writing a piece for Phoenix Magazine’s “Desert Digest” blog about how Phoenix residents can celebrate their local fall fruit. Would you be willing to let us mention your recipe and use one of your photos? You did such a gorgeous job styling them. Hope to hear from you soon!

    Robbie Ring

  6. I love all of the recipes you have been sharing lately! It’s great to know someone has been testing out the many options out there and sharing the best ones. Can’t wait to see more!

  7. The color of that drink is insanely gorgeous! I always go for pink drinks when I have the chance. I’ve really been loving all of your posts featuring new cocktails, since I’m always looking for inspiration. I made the strawberry champagne cocktail recipe you shared this past Sunday to celebrate my first published article. It was delish! Thanks for the instagram comment, by the way!
    xx Leda

  8. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love how the color can be used as an eye-candy for the occasion as well. I never knew these mixes also use syrup! Something to look into 🙂

  9. These are SO cute! What’s more perfect than a pink margarita?! I will be whipping these up soon, thank you for sharing!!