Prickly Pear cactus is everywhere in texas.  Enjoy a local texas tradition.

Prickly pear margaritas

12 ounces crushed ice
8 ounces prickly pear syrup (recipe b
1 ounce tequilla or rum

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Serve with a wedge of sliced lime.  This prickly pear margarita recipe will be one that your guests will not forget.

Prickly pear syrup recipe

6 cups strained prickly pear tuna juice
6 cups white sugar
4 tbsp. lemon juice

Wash and chop prickly pear tunas as previously instructed here.  Cover chopped fruit with water about 2 inches above level of tunas in pan.  Cook over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes.  Use cheesecloth and a colander to strain liquid from cooked prickly pear fruit.  This will make the strained juice thinner to increase production of the syrup without any decline in flavor.  This recipe is cheaper to make also, because of the omission of the instant pectin found in the prickly pear jelly recipe.

Combine strained prickly pear juice and lemon juice and cook over medium heat until solution is boiling.  Once boiling add sugar and stir constantly.  Keep at a rolling boil until all of the sugar is dissolved. Then remove pan from heat.  If canning syrup, ladle into sterilized jars and water bath can for 16 minutes.  If using syrup immediately, cool syrup and store covered in the refrigerator for up to one month.