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Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca

Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca

Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca is a light and refreshing fruit based beverage that is perfect for enjoying on a nice sunny Spring day.

Plus, the color is just gorgeous!

Agua Frescas, a Mexican fruit based beverage, make regular appearances at our house. The flavors change based on the seasons and what fruits look good at our local store and markets.

Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca: the perfect drink for Spring! The color is just gorgeous! Perfect for a Spring brunch! #drink #mexican #agua

 Today I am sharing an agua fresca that is perfect for Spring: Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca. Have you had prickly pears before?

The first time that I had prickly pears, or tunas in Mexico, was when I was living in Mexico City.

The market was filled with prickly pears and I just had to try them. I bought a kilo of tuna roja, red prickly pears, and I made Agua de Tuna. It was delicious and one of my favorite agua frescas.

Whenever I see prickly pears now I am reminded of living in Mexico City and it brings back so many happy memories.

Prickly Pears, or tunas in Mexico, make a light and refreshing drink! #pricklypear #agua #mexican
Prickly Pears make a light and refreshing agua fresca, perfect for Spring entertaining. #spring #pricklypear #mexican

I got so excited when I first saw prickly pears at my local grocery store. I walked passed them, debating whether or not to get them.

Now, that the weather is finally starting to feel more spring like, I couldn’t pass the prickly pears up anymore. This week they looked so good; I couldn’t resist them any longer.

In Mexico, prickly pears are very affordable and you definitely get a lot for just a few U.S. dollars. At my local store, they are 2/$1, which isn’t too expensive but if you where buying 8-10, it can add up quickly.  

To make this drink a little more affordable, I used frozen Strawberries. I was inspired to use frozen strawberries because I still have quite a bit of strawberries in the freezer from when we went strawberry picking at our local orchard last Summer.

Frozen strawberries make a great option because strawberries aren’t in season right now.

Light + refreshing Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca. Perfect for a Spring brunch! #spring #mexican #drink #easter

This Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca is:
Light and refreshing,
perfect for a warm sunny day
or for a Spring brunch
Easy to make
& the color is just gorgeous!

Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca: light and refreshing drink that's perfect for Spring! Plus, the color makes a gorgeous statement for entertaining. #drink #spring #easter
the perfect spring drink: strawberry prickly pear agua fresca! #spring #drink #mexican


Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca: the perfect drink for Spring! The color is just gorgeous! Perfect for a Spring brunch! #drink #mexican #agua

Strawberry Prickly Pear Agua Fresca

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A light and refreshing fruit beverage that is perfect for enjoying on a sunny day. Using frozen strawberries is a great option when local strawberries aren't in season.

Ingredients

  • 5 Prickly Pears
  • 3 Cups Frozen Strawberries
  • 1/4 Cup Lime Juice
  • 4 Cups Cold Water, divided
  • 1/2 Cup-1 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
  • Ice Cubs for serving

Instructions

  1. Carefully using a pairing knife, remove the peel from the prickly pears. Roughly chop them and add a blender.
  2. Add the strawberries, lime juice and 2 cups of the water to the blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Carefully use a fine mesh strainer to strain the agua fresca into a pitcher. Straining removes the seeds from the prickly pears.
  4. Pour in the remaining 2 cups of cold water and stir in the sugar. Start with 1/2 cup sugar and taste. Add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter drink.
  5. Stir and serve over ice.

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XO Jeni 

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Amy

Monday 29th of February 2016

Wow, the color is gorgeous! This looks so refreshing. I'm going to have to see if they have prickly pears at the market. Thanks for the recipe!

diana @ veggienextdoor

Monday 29th of February 2016

This looks delicious! I never before knew how to use prickly pears and hope to try them soon!

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