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. 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.
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 becauseI 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.
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!
- 5 Prickly Pears
- 3 Cups Frozen Strawberries
- ¼ Cup Lime Juice
- 4 Cups Cold Water, divided
- ½ Cup-1 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
- Ice Cubs for serving
- Carefully using a pairing knife, remove the peel from the prickly pears. Roughly chop them and add a blender.
- Add the strawberries, lime juice and 2 cups of the water to the blender. Blend until smooth.
- Carefully use a fine mesh strainer to strain the agua fresca into a pitcher. Straining removes the seeds from the prickly pears.
- Pour in the remaining 2 cups of cold water and stir in the sugar. Start with ½ cup sugar and taste. Add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter drink.
- Stir and serve over ice.