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Marisa Chafetz / Supercall

Tequila • Sour
Prickly Pear Margarita

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A prickly pear is technically a cactus—a bright, neon pink bulb that grows at the tip of a cactus’ paddle-like leaf, to be exact. When mixed into a Margarita, the desert-grown delicacy provides the classic cocktail with a floral twist. There’s no crazy prep work involved, so you won’t be pulling spines out of your fingertips after mixing this libation. Made with a prickly pear syrup, which can be bought online, the cocktail gets all of the plant’s unique flavors—and its lively, Lisa Frank-esque hue—without the hassle. Extremely refreshing, this Marg is the ideal accompaniment to spicy Mexican food or high-heat barbecue on a sweltering summer day.

Because of the florality of the syrup and brightness of the lime juice, we find that it is best to use a fresher, spicier blanco tequila. The prickly pear syrup is more delicate than you might think, so its subtle nuances can easily get lost in an aged tequila or a blanco bottling that is too fruity or floral. Some of the bottles that we like to use are 86 and Co.’s blanco, Casamigos blanco or Fortaleza’s blanco tequila. This Margarita is also super delicious with smoky, mineral-rich espadín mezcals like Casamigos or Fidencio Clásico. Their herbaceous savoriness perfectly complements the lime’s acidity and the floral sweetness of the prickly pear. As with any Margarita, squeezing fresh lime juice is absolutely key. We go as far as pressing the limes straight into the jigger or into the shaker tin for zero chance of oxidation.

The Essentials

Tequila
Lime
Prickly Pear Syrup
Shaker
The Details

Ingredients

2 oz Blanco Tequila
1 oz Lime Jucie
0.75 oz prickly pear syrup
Salt, for the rim
Lime wedge, for garnish

Method

  • Rub a lime wedge around the edge of a Margarita glass. Dip the wetted rim into salt. Reserve.
  • Add all ingredients—sans garnish—to a shaker tin with ice. Shake.
  • Using a Hawthorne strainer, strain the cocktail into a Margarita glass rimmed with salt. Add fresh ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
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Prickly Pear Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

4 prickly pears
1 Cup sugar
.5 Cup water

Method

  • Scrape off the thorns of the prickly pears and cut off the ends. Make a lengthwise slit through the skin, then peel off and discard the skin.
  • Transfer prickly pears to a food processor and process until pureed. Strain the pear puree, pressing the solids to release juice.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine prickle pear puree, water and sugar.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer syrup to jar and allow to cool in fridge entirely.
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