Prickly Pear Margaritas

Prickly Pear Margaritas Recipe
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Ana Kelly, Mindi Shapiro
Take that familiar frozen margarita to the next level by adding prickly pear fruit. This fruit adds a rich pink color to your 'rita and a touch of sweetness. This particular recipe packs a sour punch, but you can adjust the sugar and fruit to your taste.

Yield:

Makes about 7 cups; 8 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 176
Caloriesfromfat 1.5 %
Protein 0.5 g
Fat 0.3 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 17 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Sodium 7.6 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg

Ingredients

1 1/4 pounds green or red prickly pear fruit
1 cup lime juice
1 cup tequila
3/4 cup orange-flavor liqueur
2 tablespoons sugar
4 cups crushed ice
Thin lime slices (optional)

Preparation

1. Cut ends from prickly pears. Cut a 1/8-inch-deep lengthwise slit through peel on each fruit. Pull back peel and remove from pulp; discard peel. Cut fruit pulp into 1/2-inch chunks.

2. In a blender, combine half of all these ingredients: prickly pear chunks, lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and sugar; whirl until smooth. Add half the ice and whirl until blended. Pour into glasses slowly, leaving seeds behind. Discard seeds.

3. Repeat step 2 with remaining pear chunks, lime juice, tequila, liqueur, sugar, and ice.

4. Garnish with lime slices.

Note:

Look for prickly pears (also called cactus pears, Indian figs, and tunas) with fresh produce in supermarkets and Latino markets. Wear heavy cotton or rubber gloves or use a thick towel to hold them when peeling.

July 1998
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