Prickly Pear Mojitos

Renée G.


Not having spent much time in the southwest, I must admit I don't know much about prickly pears, but I have seen them in the store and will buy some next time I'm there.

Disclaimer: Cheers is featuring cocktails from each of the 50 states as well as The District of Colombia. These are not my personal recipes, but some I have found on line. Thought it would be fun to drink like a native whenever we travel.

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16 mint leaves
juice of 1 lime
8 teaspoons sugar (divided)
3 tablespoons prickly pear juice (divided)
3 ounces white rum (divided)
club soda

Directions Step-By-Step

Add 8 mint leaves to each glass, then add in 4 teaspoons of sugar and juice from half of the lime to each glass. Muddle the mint leaves.
Add half of the prickly pear juice* to each glass and give it a good stir.
Fill each glass with crushed ice and pour the rum over the top and top off with Club Soda.
Garnish with a sugar cane stick for your guest to mix the heavier ingredients at the bottom with the ice and club soda on top.
*Getting the juice from the prickly pears.

Cut both ends off of the fruit, then gently cut a slit the length of the pear. You should cut through the thick skin. Carefully use your knife to help you peel off the skin. It may peel off in one piece or it may come off in several pieces. Cut the fruit into chunks and then place them into a blender or food processor and puree. Pour the puree into a fine mesh strainer and push it back and forth to separate the juice from the seeds. 2 fruits should yield more than ½ a cup of juice.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: Southwestern