Prickly Pear Cocktail Syrup
Prickly pear cocktail syrup is perfect for spicing up a margarita, lemonade, or simple soda. The fruit of the prickly pear cactus creates a sweet, subtle, earthy flavor.
Ingredients: Prickly Pear puree, organic cane sugar, water
Natural Ingredients Settle, Shake Well
Product Storage: Refrigerate once opened. Store in refrigerator for up to two months. Unopened bottles can be stored without refrigeration for up to two years.
Available Sizes: 150 ML, 375 ML, 750 ML
Product Information: glass bottle
Eastern prickly pear is in the Cactaceae (Cactus) family. This family contains about 1,800 species all but possibly one or two native to the New World. The prickly pears are considered an old group within the cactus family with about 150 species in Opuntia. It has the largest range of any cactus in the United States and can be found from New Mexico and Montana east to Florida and Massachusetts. It is also found in Ontario. Eastern prickly pear can form large colonies or occur as a few individuals in an area. In older botanical manuals, it is often listed as Opuntia compressa.
This species is a typical cactus with a photosynthetic stem that acts as a leaf. This stem also stores water. Because of special antifreeze chemicals in its cells, it can survive the freezing temperatures of the northern and middle states. The stems or pads as they are often called can be 5 to 17 centimeters (2 to 7 inches) long and 4 to 12 centimeters (1.5 to 5 inches) wide. Pads are jointed in a linear or branched fashion.
Generally, the plants are no more than 0.5 meters (19 inches) high and tend to sprawl on the ground. Some Florida plants are shrub-like and can reach 2 meters (6.5 feet) high.
Featured Prickly Pear Cocktail Syrup Recipe: Prickly Pear Margarita
2 oz Tequila
3/4 oz Lime
3/4 oz Liquid Alchemist Prickly Pear Syrup
Shake with ice and dump on the rocks or serve up. Garnish with a lime wheel.