Arizona Diamondbacks: Prickly Pear Martini

Apr 17, 2013 20 Comments

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Arizona Diamondbacks Prickly Pear Martini Recipe 4670

The third installment of the MLB Recipe Series travels to Arizona with a desert inspire cocktail for the Diamondbacks.   Combining the watermelon like fruit of a prickly pear (the fruit of cactus), the sweet tropical fruit and citrus flavors of St. Germain, vodka, and a splash of lemon juice this recipe creates a refreshingly balanced martini that’s an ideal form of relaxation on a warm summer’s day.  Subtly sweet with an expression of all the flavors previously described, the vodka is hidden in the background and the touch of lemon brightens what is already a surprisingly light cocktail.  Who knew cactus could taste this good??


The Necessities:

  • 3 parts fresh prickly pear juice
  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part St. Germain
  • squeeze of lemon juice


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  • First let’s make some prickly pear juice.

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  • Cut off the ends and slice each piece of fruit in half.

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  • Peel the skin off the seeded pulp center (should come off easily with ripe fruit).

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  • Toss the centers into a blender.

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  • Hit that puree button.

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  • Separate out the seeds by pouring the juice through a strainer situated over a bowl.
  • Use a spatula to encourage all the juice to reach the bowl.

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  • Under the right light the juice is a vibrant color.
  • In a cocktail shaker loaded with ice, combine all the ingredients and shake.

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  • Pour into a martini glass and enjoy.

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20 Responses to “Arizona Diamondbacks: Prickly Pear Martini”

  1. amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    Oh, yum! I love prickly pear in drink recipes but I rarely see it anywhere except Arizona. You have now reminded me how awesome it tastes. I’d love one of these martinis!

  2. Giovanna says:

    Wow Jed, I didn’t know you were a cocktail kind of man… It looks delicious and refreshing. It is the typical drink that will get you drunk without you even noticing… like sangria 😉
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a pretty colour. I have never in my life had a prickly pear. We don’t seem to have them here. I would love to try them and then drink one in a cocktail xx

    • Jed Gray says:

      I continue to think that we should start an exporting biz together Charlie and bring the best of both our worlds to the people!

  4. Sportschump says:

    Looks great, man.

    It’s funny you should bring up pear. I’ve been making pear kamikazes behind the bar lately and they’re friggin’ delicious.

    I do find, however, that the Absolut Pearss has a better flavor than the Goose Poire.

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    I see prickly pears all of the time but never had a reason to buy one. Not anymore! With a brand new bottle of vodka on the bar, it’s time for me to start shopping for prickly pears. Thanks, Jed

  6. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book says:

    Ooo, I love prickly pears so easy guessing I will love this cocktail.
    :-) Mandy

  7. Sissi says:

    You know, I have only once tastes the prickly pear and never bought it. Thank you for this wonderful idea! I will remember your drink when I see them next time.

  8. Lilly Sue says:

    I had a prickly pear martini while I was in San Antonio…so amazing!! I don’t know that I would go through the trouble of making one at home though this makes it look easy :) Glad to have these awesome instructions in case I do!

    • Jed Gray says:

      Hey Lilly Sue…a few extra minutes of prep is all made worth it when you taste the drink. 😉 Cheers!

  9. Eva Taylor says:

    You had me at Martini! I’ve never had prickly pear, but you have my curiosity piqued. The colour is simply gorgeous (just bought a pair of shoes that colour!). Cheers.

  10. Raymund says:

    We have a lot of different fruits here but I never heard of this type of pear, looks interesting and love the colors of it on that drink

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