Prickly Pear Margarita is a real show stopper with its stunning color from a cactus pear syrup made simply from scratch.
Prickly Pear Margarita
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
This week, for #SundaySupper the theme is all about simple cocktails for summer.
So imagine my delight when I was shopping at a local market, and there they were, just sitting there all sparkly with bloggerish delight, calling my name, the fruit of the cactus, the fresh prickly pear.
I snatched those things up righteously quick, because as a blogger, it’s what bloggers do. We go ape over special and unusual ingredients.
So I brought those home and easily made them into a syrup of the most astonishingly brilliant magenta color. Just four pears made quite a bit, but I am confident in freezing any extra I won’t use in a couple of weeks, but I doubt it will last that long.
The flavor of it is quite interesting- like mixed berries with a hint of watermelon and bubblegum. So you are looking at this drink thinking it is all girly and stuff. Lightweight. Please do a Facebook live video of yourself when you think you can talk these down. Hahahaha we all want to see that. Ahem.
You might end up like the guy who sat next to us at the pizza parlor up in Dayton tonight- I noticed his volume switch had been broken, and looking at how much craft brew was left in his glass, he should have demurely declined before showering me with an outlandish amount of f-bombs regarding some former female companion of his- all told in earnest to his drinking buddy (and unfortunately the rest of the restaurant as well) but that’s just it with some people. They are afraid they will lose face if they just say they’ve had enough. As for me, I had finished a grapefruit IPA at a local brewery before we went for dinner, so I wimpishly settled for a coke.
One was plenty for me, and that’s fine. If I fall asleep sipping this one before I hit send, you’ll know what happened, that I went all old-lady on you and nodded off. So if you are at home, you can do that, but out there in the world, please drink responsibly. Or old ladies like me will mutter nonsensical things under their breath at you (like I did with drunk pizza dude).
But anyhoo- enjoy. It sho’ is purdy, isn’t it?
~Sue (But where’s the fun in that?!?!?!?) One serving cocktail; there will be a lot of prickly pear syrup extra Margarita Ingredients: Prickly Pear Syrup Ingredients: (Yield: 36 fluid ounces) Method: Make the margarita: From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Prickly Pear Margarita
Most of that time is for the syrup, but you can buy it if you are short on time
(But where’s the fun in that?!?!?!?)
One serving cocktail; there will be a lot of prickly pear syrup extra
Prickly Pear Syrup Ingredients:
(Yield: 36 fluid ounces)
Make the margarita:
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
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I usually get the prickly pear syrup on Amazon because so few stores carry fresh prickly pears here, go figure. I’ve always just loved the color! 🙂
Wow, the color is fabulous! I’ve never tasted a prickly pear so thanks for explaining the flavor profile! I’d love to give this a try.
I’ve always wanted to try something with those. Now, I have something to try! Yum!
Such a fun color! I’ve never seen prickly pears in my market but I have bought the syrup before to use in cocktails. This sounds so good!
Wow, that sho is purdy! What a color. What a lucky find in the grocery.
I am all about that color! Sounds like a yummy drink!
I have never had prickly pear but I am going to be on the lookout for it now.
I never tried prickly pears. Sounds like a great place to start!
Love the color; not sure I’ve ever thought of making prickly pear syrup but why not, really!