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Active time
5 minutes
Total time
1 hour 5 minutes
2 servings
Serving Size
1 glass

2 prickly pears

2 ½ cups water

2 tablespoons of honey

Optional garnish: lemon wedge

  1. Carefully handle the prickly pears and make a shallow lengthwise cut along the skin of each prickly pear. Peel off the skin to expose the flesh. Cut the peeled prickly pears into chunks and place them in a strainer or cheesecloth to remove the seeds. Press the flesh through the strainer or squeeze the juice through the cheesecloth into a bowl. Discard the seeds.
  2. In a pitcher, combine the water with 2 tablespoons of honey. Stir well until the honey is fully dissolved in the water.
  3. Pour the strained prickly pear juice into the pitcher with the honey-water mixture. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  4. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, give the Agua Fresca a final stir, then pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge if desired.

An Oldways recipe and photo, courtesy of Sarah Anderson


Calories: 110
Total Fat: 0.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Sodium: 5mg
Carbohydrate: 27g
Fiber: 4g
Total Sugar: 17g (Added Sugar: 17g)
Protein: 1g

Yield: 2 servings

Serving Size: 1 glass

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