Prickly Pear Mezcal Mule

Published On November 29, 2012 | By Alex | Cocktails, Mezcal, Tequila

Here in Texas, we’ve huddled around the traditional margarita for far too long. Though we try again and again to set the bar higher with each variation, in most cases, we can’t escape the pre-mixed aftertaste that comes with each sip. My taste buds thrive off of a fresh punch of flavor added to a strong and smoky cocktail to perk things up, and that’s why I urge you to try this new spin on the Moscow Mule.

I’ve always had an interest in the history of cocktails. From the heritage that the spirit derives from, to the methodology, to the art of serving style, each component comes together to produce something memorable. The Moscow Mule is quickly re-emerging from its 1950s glory days. It is becoming one of the most popular drinks in bars these days. It’s a novel experience to see sprigs of fresh mint escaping a glowing copper mug. However, for this Texas boy, it’s always about taking things to the next level. Now, it may just be from the heat of the pepper, but on more than one occasion, this drink has made hearts flutter and bodies warm. And with that response, I’d like to think it is due time for a new twist on the Moscow Mule as it becomes a standard again for barkeeps and their patrons alike. Revamping a classic isn’t always easy, but with muddled jalapeños and a flush of prickly pear sweetness, this mule kicks again. In this recipe, I am replacing the vodka with Mezcal, a smoky, “under the table” tequila used by master barmen who are looking to provide an exciting new flavor profile and south-of-the-border flair to their cocktails. I hope you’ll enjoy this new take on an old classic.

Photography by Russell van Kraayenburg.
Alex Young is a contributor a The Boys Club and blogger at Eat Style Dallas.

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21 Responses to Prickly Pear Mezcal Mule

  1. Alex, you make Texas proud! I think I better make some prickly pear syrup next season!

  2. Oh my goodness I love this, the color and oh yes the jalapeno. Can’t wait to give this one a try!

  3. marla says:

    Oh you boys come up with the most fabulous cocktails!

  4. Alison Lewis says:

    this is SO gorgeous!!

  5. Carolyn says:

    Oddly enough, I actually have a prickly pear fruit in my refrigerator at this moment!

  6. Bridget says:

    Oh wowsa!!! I absolutely love Moscow mules. I am dying to try this!!! My only question is I live in Boston and I am pretty sure I cant get prickly pear right now around here. Do you know if any companies have the juice in cans or anything?

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  17. Marina says:

    I’m with Bridget, I don’t know of a way to find fresh prickly pear in my area of Utah. Is there somewhere one can purchase prickly pear syrup? Of course it wouldn’t be close to the same fresh flavor of making it yourself, but options would be nice. :)

  18. Follement intéressant, je pense que ce poste intéresserait une pote

  19. Encore un très bon post : j’en discuterai dans la journée avec certains
    de mes collègues

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