Cocktail of the Week: Prickly Pear Margarita at Canyon

If you're looking for a unique cocktail to whittle away an afternoon, the Prickly Pear Margarita served at Canyon Southwest Café in Fort Lauderdale should be at the top of your list. The exact ingredients and portions of this signature margarita are a well-guarded secret, but here's an educated guess: 100 percent agave tequila, triple sec, lime juice, prickly pear cactus syrup, and orange juice.

The Prickly Pear Margarita is bright pink and served over ice. Clearly what makes this drink unique is the cactus syrup, which tastes a bit like a combination of an apple, a pear, and a watermelon. On its own, it would be too sweet for most drinks, but mixing it with lemon or lime juice balances out the sweetness just in time for the tequila to hit.

The best time for you to try this drink is during happy hour, which runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Canyon's Happy Hour includes $1.50 off the Prickly Pear Margarita, two-for-one beers and well cocktails, and a complimentary appetizer of the day.

Canyon Soutwest Café is located at 1818 E. Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-765-1950, or visit the website for more information.

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