This slushy prickly pear margarita is just as refreshing as it looks. Sweet prickly pear syrup tastes like a combination of raspberry, watermelon, and kiwi if you can imagine that. Add the tequila and you've got a summer cocktail that is worth the calories for sure!
So y'all, I am at the beach on vacation - or as much of a vacation as I take. Everyone is sleeping late so I slip out to the beach around 6 AM to have quiet time and enjoy the morning. I've always been one of those nasty morning people -- and more so when I am at the beach. This morning as I was walking along I noticed a bright, pink blob on the shoreline. As I got closer I saw that it was a Portuguese Man-o-war! I'd never seen one before, other than in pictures. They're so pretty but those tentacles are still dangerous when they are dead -- they've got a nasty sting. If you've never seen on they look like a bright fuchsia Chinese dumpling made from Jello. I also saw some blue ones that were a gorgeous cobalt color.
Seriously though. Doesn't it look like a giant pink dumpling made from jello? That picture is edited but the color is the same. It was amazing.
Oddly enough the pink of the Man-o-war made me think of prickly pear margaritas. Welcome to my world. A place where all of my thoughts are jumbled in a giant glass bowl and you never know which ones will connect at any particular moment.
So. Frozen margaritas.
Margaritas, especially frozen margaritas, are a summer drink. They are as appropriate by the pool as they are at a summer cocktail party. I don't really care for the plain lime ones, especially if they are made with the margarita mix (gag) but I love the fruity ones. I especially love the frozen, slushy, prickly pear margaritas.
I just hate the brain freeze that goes along with them.
Prickly pear, if you aren't familiar with it, is a fruit that grows on a prickly pear cactus. It's bright purplish- pink when ripe and is sort of sweet with a tang.
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Prickly Pear Margarita Recipe
Such a vivid pink color and sweet-tangy flavor! It's perfect for Cinco de Mayo!
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- 3 ounces silver tequila
- ½ ounce Triple Sec
- 1-½ ounces lime juice
- 2 ounces prickly pear syrup
- ½ cup ice
- Lime slices for garnish
- 1 teaspoon salt crystals
- 1 teaspoon sugar crystals
- Rub the rim of a margarita glass with lime juice.
- Combine the salt and sugar crystals and roll the rim of the glass in the mixture until it is coated.
- Set aside.
- Combine the tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, and syrup in a blender with the ice.
- Pulse until blended and cold.
- Strain into the glass.
- Garnish with a slice of lime.
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