Prickly Pear Margarita for Valentine’s Day

Seriously, I’ve just had it with all this snow. We were hit with another 11 inches of snow yesterday and I’ve yet to move my car since last weeks storm! My wheels just kept spinning in the ice so just shook my little fists up in the air left it there. There’s also supposed to be another storm coming tomorrow but I’m not letting it put a damper on my evening plans. After shoveling for the umpteenth time I just wanted a strong, spicy drink and pretend I was on a beach somewhere. I thought this prickly pear margarita for Valentine’s Day was fitting…
Have you ever handled a prickly pear? These semi-tart fruits grow on nopales, the flat cactus shown below. They look deadly but inside they’re a gorgeous fuchsia color and mildly sweet. You have to seriously watch how you handle the fruit however, they call it prickly for good reason. The fruit has these tiny spines that can easily pierce the skin which I learned very quickly. I’d suggest wearing thick gloves or holding them from both ends.
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If you like tart, spicy cocktails that aren’t too sweet then this prickly pear margarita will be right up your alley. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Prickly Pear Margarita for Valentine's Day
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Serves: 4-5
  • 3-4 prickly pears, skin removed, quartered
  • 1 cup 100% agave tequila
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • tajin
  1. Pour tequila into a cup then add the sliced jalapeno. Let sit for at least 1 hour or infuse the tequila with jalapeno overnight.
  2. Blend the prickly pear in a blender with a little water. Strain juice in a separate container to remove seeds. Set juice aside.
  3. Fill ½ of pitcher with ice, add tequila, about ½ cup of prickly pear juice, triple sec, lime juice and stir vigorously. Taste and adjust with triple sec for a little sweetness, if needed.
  4. To serve, rim glass tumblers with tajin chile spice and fill with the cocktail.