Prickly Pear Margarita

Posted by Tracy Newel on Mar 30, 2012
Filed: Beverage/Cocktail
Tagged: margarita

JLP Prickly Pear Margarita from Meza Films on Vimeo

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!

prickly pears


Recipe provided by Joe Janzen.

  • 4 oz Cazadores Blanco tequila (or JLP, as shown in video)
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz Xoconoctle juice (prickly pear cactus fruit)
  • 1 oz agave syrup
  • 1 prickly pear, sliced for garnish
  • salt for rim

cutting prickly pears



Mix all ingredients and serve over ice in a salted rimmed glass. Add slices of prickly pear as a garnish.

pouring margarita into glass

prickly pear margarita