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prickly Pear Juice in two glasses with prickly pear syrup in a jar and a sliced prickly pear in front
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Prickly Pear Juice and Syrup

Delicious Prickly Pear Juice and Syrup for serving over ice cream, in margaritas, and more!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 70kcal


  • Immersion Blender


  • cups chopped prickly pear flesh (approximately 8 ounces)
  • cups water
  • 1⅓ cups granulated sugar (approximate)
  • ¼ tsp. citric acid


  • Slice or chop the prickly pears into sections and add to a medium-sized pot.
  • Cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer, over medium heat, for 20 minutes.
  • Mash the prickly pears to release their juice.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a medium-sized bowl.
  • Stir citric acid into the strained juice.
  • Mix with your favorite sweetener, and serve over ice. You can dilute the juice with water, Lacroix, alcohol, or clear soda.

Continue to Make Prickly Pear Syrup

  • Rinse the pot you used to simmer the prickly pears in. 
  • Measure the strained juice before adding back to the pot. It should be approximately 1⅓ cups.
  • Measure the same amount of sugar and pour into the pot with the juice.
  • Stir, over medium heat, until it begins to boil. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  • Pour into sterilized jars and process in hot water for 10 minutes, if storing for any length of time.
  • Otherwise, store in a refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Although I don’t use them, I do recommend wearing thick gardening gloves to avoid the tiny needles. 
If using harvested prickly pears, instead of store-bought, hold prickly pears with tongs and quickly rotate them over an open flame to burn off the almost invisible needles.
  • Slice off both ends of the prickly pear and carve out the “crown” which is loaded with needles.
  • Next, make a vertical slit through the skin.
  • Carefully remove the skin from the prickly pear.
  • You can either peel it off in one section or make several cuts and peel the skin down, as pictured.
  • Continue with the recipe instructions.


Serving: 2T. | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g