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The Redemption Cocktail Recipe by Javier Villanueva of The Wildflower Squad

This is a tequila cocktail showcasing the depth of agave, while paying tribute to the prickly pear.

A cacti fruit that demands respect, precision and love. While working with prickly pears always wear gloves and have a trusty cheesecloth available! The seeds of the fruit are edible, but I prefer to strain them out.

Some research also suggests that prickly pear cactus extract may lessen the unpleasant effects of a hangover, possibly due to its anti-inflammatory effects.

For the prickly pear juice I use: 6 prickly pears, 3 small guavas, ginger, 1 lime, 1 lemon and 3 oz simple syrup. Add all ingredients to your juicer and fine strain with cheesecloth. Enjoy the good vibes.

  • 1.75 oz El Major Reposado
  • 1 oz Prickly Pear juice
  • .5 oz Lime juice
  • .25 oz simple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • Barspoon of Boomerang Cherry Liqueur
  • 1 dehydrated blood orange

Add all ingredients to your shaker tin and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Fine strain over clear ice and garnish with a dehydrated blood orange.

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Bartending for Private Events & Bar Consulting


  • I started off working for non-profits, then teaching at charter schools in marginalized communities throughout Chicago, Oakland, CA and Portland, Oregon. My passion for learning, teaching and history is undeniable, but I was struggling financially, so I began moonlighting as a bartender just to make ends meet, and unexpectedly fell madly in love with every aspect of the bar business. For my squad and I, it is about so much more than making a great cocktail. It’s about memories, music, history and sharing those moments, ensuring you embrace the present, reflect on the past and securing a bright future. Javier is the President/Historian for The Wildflower Squad which is Bartending Service for Private Events as well as offering consulting for Bar owners.

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