Prickly Pear Margaritas
1 1/4 lbs. red prickly pear fruit (cactus apples)
1 cup lime juice
1 cup tequila
3/4 cup orange-flavor liqueur
2 tbsp. sugar
4 cups crushed ice Thin lime slices
Wearing heavy cotton or rubber gloves, cut off ends of prickly pear
and slice a 1/8-inch-deep lengthwise slit through peel on each
fruit. Pull back peel and remove pulp; discard peel. Cut fruit pulp
into 1/2-inch chunks.
In a blender, combine half of all these ingredients: prickly pear
chunks, lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and sugar; whirl
until smooth. Add half the ice and whirl until blended. Pour into
glasses slowly, leaving seeds behind. Discard seeds.
Repeat step 2 with remaining pear chunks, lime juice, tequila,
liqueur, sugar, and ice.
Garnish with lime slices.