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Prickly Pear Recipes


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This time of year is a delicious time for Prickly Pear Recipes at Tanque Verde Ranch. With the abundance of Prickly Pear fruit just about ready for harvest, we've put together a compilation of thirst quenching and tasteful recipes featuring the beautiful pink, ripened fruit. The middle of August is usually prime harvesting time. Be part of the experience as you scavenge the desert land to pick your very own Prickly Pear Fruits, with Tanque Verde's Prickly Pear Package. See the various activities from Prickly Pear Preparation to Savory Demonstrations to scrumptious Prickly Pear Desserts and more. In the meantime, feel free to test our famous Prickly Pear recipes from our very own culinary and cocktail team!   prickly pear martini

Prickly Pear Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

  1.5oz Tito's Vodka 1oz Cointreau 1/2 oz Prickly Pear Juice 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice  

Recipe Directions:

Build your Prickly Pear Lemon Drop Martini is a shaker, add ice, shake until cold and then double strain into a martini glass. Enjoy!   Don't feel like making it at home? Come out The Doghouse Saloon and try it there!  

Prickly Pear BBQ Sauce

Prickly Pear Barbeque Sauce Recipe

  1 cup Ketchup 1/2 cup Prickly Pear Syrup 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 2 Tbsp Agave Syrup or Honey 2 Tbsp Molasses 1/4 cup Blackening Spice Blend 7 Tbsp Onion Powder 7 Tbsp Paprika 6 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper 6 Tbsp Dried Oregano 6 Tbsp Dried, Crushed Thyme 4 Tbsp Garlic Powder 3 1/2 Tbsp Kosher Salt 3 Tbsp Ground White Pepper 2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper  

Recipe Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and the liquid is reduced by about a third. It should take about 10 minutes.   Remove from the heat and serve immediately or cool down and store in the refrigerator for later use. It will last up to seven days.  

World Famous Prickly Pear Margarita Recipe

1.5 oz Tequila 2 oz Lime Juice 1 oz Prickly Pear Juice 1/2 oz Cointreau 1/2 oz Simple Syrup or Agave  

Recipe Directions:

Rim your glass with salt or sugar. Combine tequila, lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup and prickly pear juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.   Don't feel like making it at home? Come out The Doghouse Saloon and try it there!   Do you want the whole Prickly Pear experience? Check out Tanque Verde Ranch's Prickly Pear Harvest Package where you can pick, prepare, eat prickly pears, and more!