Iconic Prickly Pear Sour: Fresh and Full of Color

Small batch Prickly Pear cocktail mixer made by Iconic Cocktail Co.

Over the years, we’ve mastered the art of using prickly pears making Prickly Pear Sour our most popular flavor. All credit goes to the natural flavor of locally harvested prickly pears. We pack this fresh ingredient into each bottle of Prickly Pear Sour without cutting corners. A drop of prickly pear nectar will transform anything into a bright pink color but you must commit to getting that earthy, berry-like flavor. So that’s what we do. We start with bright prickly pears harvested by Cactus Kelly and juice them fresh for each batch. And we use a whole bunch!

Although stunning in color, prickly pear fruit often ranges from pale pink, bright fuchsia, or a muted brown. Like most produce, it all depends on the time of year, the plant itself, or the weather. Since we started making Prickly Pear Sour year-round, we’re constantly surprised by the array of colors this batch produces. 

Prickly Pear Sour started out as a seasonal only offered in February to celebrate Arizona’s birthday and September, when the fruit was at its peak. Over the years, we're able to keep it around as a constant flavor, making batches of it almost every single week. It's our favorite flavor for tequila, vodka, whiskey, or even simply sparkling water for a bright pink soda. It makes the best Gin Rickey or Prickly Pear Margarita. Just 1 ounce is all you need to transform a cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage! 

Since we don’t add anything besides the three ingredients that make Prickly Pear Sour, the color is known to oxidize. A batch made just one month ago can deepen in color. It never affects the flavor, it’s still the deliciously tart strawberry-like lemonade that we have come to know and love. Your bottle might change colors after a few months but you can rest easy knowing that we produce each batch carefully with the freshest ingredients. 

Prickly Pear Sour cocktail Mixer for Margaritas

Each batch of Prickly Pear Sour is truly unique. We love seeing all of the pink drinks you’ve shared with us over the years! They’re always the prettiest cocktails so keep on mixing. If you need a little inspiration, you can search Prickly Pear Sour recipes right here. We just added a few new ones like a Cosmo inspired by our cactus gal, Kelly Athen, and a Swizzle made with Mezcal Naran. Keep scrolling to check out the recipes. If you need to restock, order a bottle through our website and you can trust it’s gonna be fresh!

Prickly Pear Sour cocktail mixer designed for margaritas

Prickly Pear Caipirinha

Inspired by Brazil’s national drink, this Caipirinha is made with Cachaca, fresh lime, and Iconic Prickly Pear Sour for a little extra color. It's bold and earthy with tart citrus and strawberry-like prickly pear nectar. Use a citrus rimmer to get the most from your citrus! 

Prickly Pear Caipirinha: Inspired by Brazil’s national drink, this Caipirinha is made with Cachaca, fresh limes, and Iconic Prickly Pear Sour for extra color

Prickly Pear Caipirinha

-Cut you lime in half and use a citrus rimmer to juice one half into a rocks glass 
-Add Prickly Pear Sour, Cachaca, and pebble ice. Stir to combine 
-Squeeze drop the second half of the lime to garnish your cocktail 

Inspired by Brazil’s national drink, this Caipirinha is made with Cachaca, fresh limes, and Iconic Prickly Pear Sour for extra color

Kelly's Cosmo

Named after our local forager, Cactus Kelly, this cosmo was designed for her! Recreate it simply by combining vodka, orange liqueur, and Iconic Prickly Pear Sour into your favorite chilled glass. 

Prickly Pear Cosmo made with Iconic Prickly Pear Sour and vodka

Kelly's Cosmo

-Combine all in a shaker and shake with ice
-Fine strain into a chilled coupe
-Garnish with a citrus twist  

An extra pink cosmopolitan made with Iconic Prickly Pear Sour and orange liqueur, named after our local forager, Cactus Kelly.

Moonlight Swizzle

Made with a new brand of Mezcal, Mezcal Naran (meaning moonlight), this swizzle is refreshing yet satisfyingly smokey. Use lots of pebble ice and a swizzle stick (or just bar spoon) to make this cocktail extra chilled. 

Prickly Pear Mezcal Swizzle made with Iconic Prickly Pear Sour and Mezcal Naran

Moonlight Swizzle 

-Fill a tall glass halfway with pebble ice. Add Prickly Pear Sour and Mezcal 

-Using a swizzle stick (or just a bar spoon), vigorously stir until the cocktail is slightly diluted and the glass is frosted

-Top with more pebble ice and garnish with a mint leaf

Made with Arizona’s new brand, Mezcal Naran (meaning moonlight) this swizzle is refreshing yet satisfyingly smokey.

Keep sharing your pink drinks with us! Make a fresh cocktail and tag us on Instagram with @iconiccocktailco and #justddspirit.