I first found this recipe on epicurius.com, but Bill (my mixologist in-resident) made us our own version, which was delicious and refreshing:
Bill's Prickly Pear Margarita
4 peeled ripe prickly pears (click here to read about avoiding the tiny, hair-like prickles)
4 ounces tequila, plus a splash
1 1/2 ounces Cointreau
1 1/2 ounces Fresh lime juice
1 1/2 T simple syrup
coarse salt for the rim (or not)
Toss everything into the blender. Strain through a fine/medium fine sieve to remove cactus fruit seeds. Pour into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake!
Pour into margarita glasses (or if you are like us, wine glasses).
Relax and enjoy (and don't plan on driving anywhere)!