The preferred after-photo shoot libation of Cowgirl editors, this prickly pear margarita is refreshing, sourced from our beloved southwestern desert, and just sweet enough.


Yields 2 drinks


2 ounces tequila blanco
2 ounces prickly pear juice, or syrup
½ ounce triple sec, plus 1 tablespoon to coat the rim of the glass
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 teaspoons turbinado sugar


Pour the tequila, prickly pear juice or syrup, triple sec, and lime juice into a drink shaker with ½ cup ice cubes. Shake to chill.

Mix the salt and turbinado sugar together on a saucer. Place a tablespoon of triple sec in another saucer.

Dip the rims of 2 glasses into the triple sec and then into the salt-sugar mixture.

Strain the margarita mixture into the glasses and serve immediately.

Recipes and images from The Whole Enchilada by Angelina LaRue

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