Get ready for the perfect happy hour drink, bourbon prickly pear cocktail! You only need 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this playful yet delicious drink. Not only does it taste great, but it also looks beautiful too. 

Mr. Fearless Dining and I love to enjoy a refreshing drink after a crazy day or an ordinary day! HA!

We like to have a variety of drinks because we don’t want the same thing over and over. That is where we developed this bourbon cactus pear cocktail. The lime juice gives it the perfect zesty tang, and I have a feeling you will enjoy it as much as we do. 

This bourbon cocktail is naturally gluten free and the perfect way to settle down after a long day. The star of the show is my homemade prickly pear syrup, and it is out of this world!

To learn more about prickly pears and how to use them and cook with them, check out my guide to prickly pears.

A cut prickly pear on a cutting board.


  • Bourbon – I used 4 Roses Bourbon, but any bourbon would work.
  • Prickly Pears. See this recipe for how to make the Prickly Pear Syrup.
  • Lime for Garnish

Is bourbon gluten free?

Bourbon is gluten free, so it is fine to enjoy! Bourbon is a spirit that has been distilled and barrel-aged. It is made primarily of corn. You can drink bourbon as a mixer, on ice, or neat. It perfectly complements this cocktail’s prickly pear syrup and lime.

My rule of thumb for bourbon is to use cheap bourbon if you are drinking it in a mixed drink. If you will savor it on the rocks or straight up, get the good stuff!

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Can bourbon go bad?

Thankfully, bourbon doesn’t go bad. (I would seriously cry if it did!!) After you open the bottle, if it takes you a long time to drink it, you will eventually see that it begins to evaporate. The flavor will remain the same, so you don’t have to try to drink the bottle of bourbon in a certain time limit. 

Can bourbon be stored in the freezer?

You can store liquor and other spirits in the freezer with no issues. Just make sure when you remove the bottle of bourbon from the freezer that you let it sit at room temperature for a while. Bourbon tends not to taste very good when it’s ice cold. 

What does prickly pear taste like?

If you haven’t tried prickly pear, now is a great time to start! Prickly pear tastes very similar to a melon, not like a pear-like you would think. It does have a very subtle natural sweetness to it. You might be surprised to know that prickly pear also has fiber and antioxidants!

Try prickly pear in this delicious Prickly Pear Sorbet recipe, too!

A close up of a prickly pear cocktail.

You may also enjoy this cocktail with a splash of elderberry from this elderberry syrup recipe.

More fun cocktails to try:

If you love this bourbon cactus pear cocktail, then you should try these fancy drinks as well:

Prickly Pear Bourbon Cocktail

Sandi Gaertner
A delicious cocktail with prickly pear syrup and bourbon. Enjoy over the rocks with a twist of lime.
4.75 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 379 kcal


  • ½ cup prickly pear syrup
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Ice


  • In a cocktail shaker, add all of the ingredients.
  • Close the lid and shake to mix.
  • Pour into a glass.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 1gSodium: 55mgFiber: 3gSugar: 35g
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  1. I’m looking for signature cocktail inspiration for my wedding. Do you think this recipe would fair well being pre-made in a large batch?

  2. So excited to try this! I grow and harvest my prickly pears. Its a labor of love, but the end result is so many unique recipes.

  3. This cocktail looks perfect for our date night. My husband is a fan of Bourbon and he’ll be thrilled if I serve him this. But first, let’s make that syrup.

  4. My new found favorite is prickly pear, love this drink as bourbon makes everything double great. I will give it a try intially planning to make margarita with prickly pear now I change mind after seeing your recipe.