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The Frida





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Rumor has it, it's the dead of Winter in most of the country, but in the high desert of New Mexico, the Sun continues to grace us each day with its golden warmth and light, making our Late-Summer-inspired cocktail feel as natural as a pair of shades + a mid-day hike.  The perfect blend of sweet, unctuous, and refreshing the cocktail we bring you today marries our proprietary Wild Prickly Pear Elixir with the sparkliest of sparkling waters--the one and only--Topo Chico, and the smokey kiss of our new favorite spirit, Mezcal Vida.

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Exemplifying both the unforgettable resilience and beauty of Frida Kahlo, the Prickly Pear Cactus [Opuntia spp.] flourishes in the harsh climates and poor soil of neglected patches of Earth. Growing wild and abundant, there are numerous species of this cactus which can all be used interchangeably as far we know.  Some varieties even lack spines--you may wish to seek these out! Antioxidant-rich, deep purple fruits follow profuse Summer blossoms which come in shades as varied as canary yellow, deep crimson, pure white, and the most lovely of all, saturated fuchsia.  The heavy fruits, picked at the peak or ripeness or gathered as they fall to the ground can be made into wine, vinegar, jam, candy, or--our favorite--elixir. Prickly Pears, or tunas, are exceptionally rich in Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, and Vitamin C.  The young pads of the Prickly Pear Cactus can be cooked as a delicious vegetable, high in fiber, which restores moisture to parched tissues.  [Check back in the Spring for our favorite way to prepare nopalitos!]  Sliced in half and applied to the skin, the cactus pads make a cooling + soothing antidote to sunburn -- a common desert malady.  All parts of the plant (barring the spines), taken internally, dramatically decrease systemic inflammation and cool the blood.  The entire plant has also be observed to re-sensitive cells to insulin and thereby normalize blood sugar.  When skillfully applied in cases of  insulin-resistant diabetes, this particular aspect of the plant's medicine can be profound.  There are volumes more praise to sing for this humble desert native but we will save our breath and share with you now--The Frida.




The Frida
[For Two]

The Frida, so named for our perennial muse, first greets you with a psychedelic magenta hue,
at once disarmingly exotic, compelling, and irresistible--just like Kahlo, herself.

  • One Bottle of Topo Chico [or one and a half cups sparkling water of your choice]
  • Juice Of One Lime
  • Dash Of Vanilla
  • Pinch Of Your Favorite Salt 
    • Six Frozen Sweet Cherries

    + Pour one half of the Topo Chico into each glass

    + Add Wild Prickly Pear Elixir, Mezcal, Lime Juice, Vanilla, and Salt

    + Stir gently

    + Add Three Frozen Cherries to each glass 

    + Enjoy while wearing elaborate silver earrings + flowers in your hair


    Order La Abeja's Wild Prickly Pear Elixir Here