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Prickly Pear Punch

Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active time 7 mins
Total time 7 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

We like the clean flavor and mixability of silver tequila, though a golden añejo or reposado would add complexity. Cava or crémant will work just as well as dry prosecco here. If you use a different cactus water than True Nopal, check its sugar content—some brands are sweeter and won’t need as much added sugar for flavor balance.  


  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 (1-in.) lemon rind strip
  • 1 cup cactus water (see below)
  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup prosecco or other dry sparkling wine

Nutrition Information

  • calories 121
  • fat 0.0 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 11 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 1 mg
  • calcium 8 mg
  • sugars 11 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 8 g

How to Make It

  1. Muddle together sugar and lemon rind in a large glass. Stir in cactus water, tequila, and honey. Add ice cubes; cover, and shake well. Strain tequila mixture evenly into 4 glasses. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon prosecco.

  2. True Nopal Cactus Water: Unlike other brands, True Nopal has no added sugar, so you can taste the prickly pear--it's like mild grape juice, pleasant on its own, and a great mixer that won't step on other flavors. It has half the calories and sugar of many coconut waters. Available at grocery stores nationwide.