• Prickly Pear Cocktail: Mezcali Me Banana

    4 monthes ago - By Imbibe Magazine

    The prickly pear is a natural match for the earthy flavors of agave spirits, and at Melrose Umbrella Co., Dave Purcell combines the fruit with mezcal, banana liqueur and fresh citrus to create this Mezcali Me Banana cocktail. “The part that really hooks people is the banana, prickly pear and grapefruit combo,” he says. “These flavors complement and pull forward the earthy tones of an agave spirit and accent creamy textured notes without being exceedingly fruit-forward.” 1½ oz. mezcal 1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
    ½ oz. fresh lime juice
    ½ oz. prickly pear purée
    ¼ oz. light agave nectar
    ¼ oz...
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  • 5 to Try: Prickly Pear Cocktails

    5 to Try: Prickly Pear Cocktails

    4 monthes ago - By Imbibe Magazine

    Like a desert-dwelling version of some multi-limbed sea coral, the prickly pear cactus has long been synonymous with the American Southwest, though the plant likely originated in Mexico and has since become naturalized in arid climates on nearly every continent. The paddles of the cactus, called nopales, are edible and often used in Mexican cooking. In late summer, the cactus' blossoms give way to a crown of vibrantly hued fruit that are sweet, juicy and similar in consistency to kiwi. The fruit is a natural match for the flavors of agave spirits, but it also works with grassy rhum...
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