This fall, fancy drinks are trending. Enter: Prickly Pear Martini. Ok, maybe not so much- but, fall is when the all the beautiful [and dangerous] prickly pears are in full bloom. We are fully convinced that these little fruits are the most vibrant and gorgeous color that nature produces- added bonus that they also happen to be delicious! These neon cacti pears provide juice that tastes like a cross between all-natural bubble gum (if there was such a thing) and watermelon. Although the flavor is very subtle, the color is out of this world!
The most common prickly pear cocktail is a Margarita- but since our favorite cocktail is a martini- we decided to get creative and come up with our own recipe.
Please note: prickly pears are actually very, very prickly- so make this recipe with caution! While the ones in markets have been cleaned of the tiny hair-like thorns; the pears fresh off the cactus are covered with them. Be sure to handle these with heavy leather work gloves, and scrub them hard to ensure all the painful little barbs are off. If you buy the already de-pricked pears- peeling them is easy with a veggie peeler.
This Prickly Pear Martini recipe has a bit of a process; so, don’t think you can whip this up in 30 seconds and get your drink on- especially if you plan on picking your own prickly pears!
2 oz. Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
2 Tbsp. Fresh Prickly Pear Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime
To extract the juice, place the “husked” and peeled prickly pears into a blender or food processor and pulse until liquefied.
Place the juice into a fine mesh sieve and push out the juice into a pitcher or bowl. Discard the remaining pulp and seeds.
Add prickly pear juice, vodka, & lime into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold
Pour into a martini glass, garnish with fresh lime wedge.