More than any other reason, I love this prickly pear margarita recipe because it’s so easy. No syrups to hunt down, no overpriced infused vodkas to buy, no clunky juicing machines needed. The only special ingredient you need here is a peeled prickly pear. I bought mine at the local grocery store – lots of well-stocked places will carry them with the skin removed and cut into chunks when the fruit is in season. Buy these and turn them into one of the best margaritas of the season! For a larger serving you can easily double the recipe. Yum…
kosher salt & lime wedge or dab of agave nectar for rimming
½ of a fresh prickly pear, skin peeled and discarded
1 ½ ounces silver (blanco, 100% agave) tequila
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
½ ounce triple sec (preferably high-quality)
Rim your cocktail glass with the kosher salt. Add your prickly pear chunks to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to crush the fruit completely – do this thoroughly so you extract as much juice as possible. Add remaining ingredients to the shaker along with a handful of ice – shake well. As you strain your cocktail, hold a mini strainer over your glass to catch any solids the shaker doesn’t keep out. This double straining method will keep out seeds and lumps in the puree. If you have trouble getting all the liquid out, add the puree to the mini mesh strainer and swirl the puree gently with a spoon – this will help extract the juice from the solid.
PS – click here to check out my post on building your own margaritas!