Prickly Pear Moscow Mule

Prickly Pear Moscow Mule


A sweet cocktail with a tangy ginger finish.  This Prickly Pear Moscow Mule is a terrific drink for celebrating or just for decompressing on a Friday night. You will never look at prickly pear cactus the same way again! 


Prickly Pears

When we were in Arizona recently we were shocked at the amount of fruit on the prickly pear cacti. Therefore, we just had to share another fabulous cocktail featuring this fun fruit! 

The fruit of the prickly pear cactus, also called nopales, cactus apple, or tuna, can range from slightly sweet to syrupy sweet depending on the level of ripeness. Additionally, they can be green in color (less sweet) to a dark pink (more sweet) and any shade in between. 

But one thing they all have in common is that they are covered with glochids which are tiny hair-like splinters that are very painful when you get them in your skin. Therefore, you MUST wear gloves when handling them or else you might be sorry (Not speaking from experience here…)! 


A Nopales Cocktail

One of our personal favorite things to use prickly pears for is a cocktail. Whether it’s using syrup like for this recipe for a Prickly Pear Prosecco Spritzer or using the actual fruit, like for this simple Moscow mule recipe, you can’t go wrong. 

The sweetness of the fruit and the gorgeous color was made for sipping. In this adult drink, the spiciness of the ginger beer offsets the fruit and produces one amazingly refreshing mule. 


Prickly pear Moscow Mule cocktails



  • Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Sweet but not overpowering. It also adds a wonderful red hue to the drink. 
  • Ginger Beer –  Strong ginger flavor is a mule’s signature taste but it doesn’t overpower the prickly pear in this cocktail.
  • Vodka – Tasteless and perfect for this flavorful adult drink. 
  • Lime Juice –  Lime juice adds a touch of citrus that helps meld the fruit flavor to the ginger. 


FAQ & Prickly Pear Mule Tips:

  • Is there an alternative to fresh prickly pear cactus fruit?

  • Do the prickly pears need to be ripe? 

    • Not exactly. You can definitely use fruit that is a little firmer but just be aware that your drink won’t be quite as sweet. 
  • Tip: Handle with Care!

    • Yes, this is a cactus so tread carefully, even if they are purchased in a grocery store. Always wear gloves when handling prickly pears to be safe. Another option is to burn off the needles prior to using- carefully! 
  • Tip: Muddle & Strain

    • Prickly pears have rather large seeds. Therefore, for a smooth drink, be sure to strain your drink after muddling. 


Straining the fruit juice after muddling the prickly pears



If you can (carefully!) get your hands on prickly pears, you don’t want to miss this fantastic mule recipe. Cheers! 🌵

Finally, if you have made this Moscow Mule recipe, we would love to hear what you think! Please comment down below  and be sure to rate the recipe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks so much!


Ingredients for prickly pear Moscow Mule cocktails  The prickly pear flesh cut on a wooden cutting board

Muddling the prickly pears in a cocktail shaker  Straining the out the pulp and seeds of the prickly pears using a fine mesh strainer

The strained prickly pear juice in a glass ready to be mixed with the rest of the mule ingredients  Adding the ginger beer to the prickly pear juice and vodka in a copper mug

A prickly pear Moscow Mule cocktail in a copper mug  Prickly pear Moscow Mule cocktails garnished with a slice of lime



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A prickly pear Moscow Mule cocktail in a copper mug

Prickly Pear Moscow Mule

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 10 min.
  • Cook Time: 0 min.
  • Total Time: 10 min.
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Muddle, Strain
  • Cuisine: American


A sweet cocktail with a tangy ginger finish. This Prickly Pear Moscow Mule recipe hits all the right notes for a refreshing adult drink!


  • 2 Prickly Pears (Peeled)
  • 1 Lime (Juice)
  • 4 oz Vodka
  • 16 oz. Ginger Beer


  1. Peel the prickly pears and place them into a cocktail shaker along with the lime juice. Muddle the mixture until the prickly pears are completely smashed into liquid. Strain the mixture to remove the seeds and pulp, keeping the liquid. 
  2. Next add ice to two copper cups or highball glasses as well as. 2 ozs of vodka each. 
  3. Pour half of the prickly pear juice mixture into each glass. 
  4. Top off each drink with ginger beer. Garnish with a slice of lime and serve and enjoy!


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