Prickly pears are most common seen as a landscape addition in Fresno. When your neighbor's flat paddles cactus grow out of control, the flowers give way to big pink fruits that are typically ignored or pecked to death by renegade birds. But fear not, Fresno forager! These pink beauties are perfect for picking and extracting the sticky juice for cocktails. Just slice them in half and run them through a citrus reamer for a gorgeous, pink pulp.
Or, if you wary of the cactus thorns (or your neighbors), you can buy them by the bagful at Vallarta Supermarket sans thorns. Ouch!
Recipe provided by Joe Janzen.
Mix all ingredients and serve over ice in a salted rimmed glass. Add slices of prickly pear as a garnish.