Prickly Pear White Wine Spritzers


     This week the theme for #SundaySupper is Beat the Heat which is being hosted by Jen at Juanita's Cosina. It's been in the 90's here on and off for the past month and the only thing I wanted to beat the heat was a nice, cool drink. Whenever it's hot, I want something that is light, fruity, and refreshing.

     Last month my little brother went to Sedona, Arizona. He took some breathtaking pictures of the sites and made me totally jealous for not being there. However he did bring me back a present. He brought me back a bottle of Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup because he knows how much I love to cook and enjoy using new ingredients. I am totally new to Prickly Pear Syrup but I instantly had a ton of ideas. My brother enjoys cooking as well so he told me he'd be happy to taste my creations.

     I wasn't really sure what the flavor of the syrup would be so instead of trying to use it in a baked good right off the bat I opted for trying it out in a mixed drink first. This past week was scorching hot and I was dying for a white wine spritzer so I jazzed it up with some of this syrup.

     The flavors in the spritzer were perfect for a hot summer day. The Pinot Grigio is a crisp white wine that holds the flavors of the Prickly Pear Syrup, lemons, and limes. The drink was just barely sweet and bursting with fruit flavor. The syrup also turned the drink a gorgeous pink color that looked so pretty with the lemon and lime wedges. I can't wait to make this for our next #SundaySupper with friends! I know it will be a huge hit!

Prickly Pear Wine Spritzer (an original Hezzi-D recipe)

3/4 c. Pinot Grigio (or any other white wine)

1/2 c. seltzer water

2 T. Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup

1 t. sugar (if using a dry white wine)

1 c. ice

3 lemon slices, thinly cut

3 lime slices, thinly cut lemon and lime wedges for garnishing

1. Pour the Pinot Grigio, seltzer water, Prickly pear syrup, and sugar in a shaker. Shake well for 1 minutes.

2. Strain the beverage into a tall glass filled with ice. Add in the thinly cut lemon and lime slices. Garnish with a lemon and lime wedge and a drizzle of the Prickly Pear Syrup.

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