Prickly Pear Margaritas

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

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 176
  • Calories from fat: 1.5%
  • Protein: 0.5g
  • Fat: 0.3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Sodium: 7.6mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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. 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. 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. 3. Repeat step 2 with remaining pear chunks, lime juice, tequila, liqueur, sugar, and ice.
  4. 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.

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