We're celebrating National Margarita Day here in Albuquerque with the help of our friends at Zacatecas Tacos + Tequila. The authentic Mexican restaurant (named after the region in Mexico known for its classic, cross cultural blend of foods and recipes) is a popular spot for not only happy hour, but also a delicious meal. The soft tacos with fresh organic ingredients are creations of award-winning chef, Mark Kiffin. 

We snagged this fun version of the prickly pear margarita - Brisa Fresca - from the restaurant in honor of National Margarita Day on February 22. Try and make one at home, or head on over to the restaurant for a cocktail crafted by the pros.

Brisa Fresca


1.5 oz. Don Julio Silver

1.0 oz. Cointreau  

1.0 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 

.5 oz. Prickly Pear Purée

.5 oz. Agave Syrup


Salt (or sugar) for rim of glass - optional


1. Add fresh lime juice to shaker 

Sqeeze - Liz Lopez

2. Add Don Julio Blanco tequila, Cointreau, agave syrup and prickly pear purée to shaker 

Add ingredients - Liz Lopez

3. Add ice. Shake.

Ice - Liz Lopez 

4. Prepare glass with salt or sugar rim, pour/strain into glass.   

Pour - Liz Lopez

5. Enjoy!

Cheers - Liz Lopez 


Editor's Notes: If this whet your whistle, check out more great New Mexican recipes here. The recipe above comes courtesy of Zacateca's Tacos + Tequila.