Desert Cocktails: Prickly Pear Margarita

photo-37During my stay in Arizona I have discovered the sweet juice of the Prickly Pear Cactus. I took this photo of the cactus on a morning desert walk and was only waiting until the bar opened to try how it tasted in a drink. The plant looks dangerous but the meat of its leaves tastes divine. When a recipe calls for simple syrup, try this cactus syrup instead for a twist on your favorite cocktails. Prickly Pear Margarita 2 ounces silver tequila ½ triple sec or Cointreau 1.5 ounces homemade sweet n' sour 1 ounce Cahill Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup

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