Arizona Prickly Pear Vodka Lemonade
1 oz vodka (something good; you don't need top shelf but always use good vodka)
6 oz lemonade
1 tbsp prickly pear syrup (recipe follows)
2-3 slices of jalapeno pepper, de-seeded and de-veined
Fill a cocktail glass with ice. Pour the vodka into the glass, then throw in the jalapeno slices. Pour the lemonade into the glass, and then spoon in the prickly pear syrup. Stir and serve. And don't drink too many!
Prickly Pear Syrup
You can probably buy this commercially but if you live in the Southwest U.S., you can get a couple of prickly pear cactus fruits and make your own.
2 prickly pear cactus fruit, peeled and chopped into quarters
Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tbsp sugar
1/4-1/3 cup water
Make sure you peel the prickly pear fruit. If you buy it in your grocery store (it's usually with the exotic fruit, even in Arizona!) it's not too big a deal but if you pick it from your own cactus WEAR GLOVES. These fruits have tiny needles and you don't want them in your fingers. You can scrape the fruit with a vegetable peeler while wearing the gloves to get the needles off as well as peel them.
When they are peeled and cut into quarters, throw all the ingredients into a blender, blend on the "puree" setting for 30-60 seconds. You can use it right away for the drink and you can save it in the refrigerator for a few days.