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These past few weeks I’ve found myself making Aguas Frescas (Mexican Fresh Fruit Drinks) a lot more often, a sign that summer has arrived. The possibilities for making Aguas Frescas are endless, especially if you live in a big multicultural city like we do. 
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 104kcal


  • 6 Prickly Pears tunas
  • 6 cups of filtered water
  • ½ cup of sugar*
  • 2 cups ice cubes


  • Rinse the prickly pears and dry them with a paper towel. With a sharp knife, cut both ends off and discard.
  • Make a slit along the side and, with your finger, pull the skin and peel. Proceed to peel the rest of the prickly pears.
  • Place the peeled prickly pears in your blender with 2 cups of the filtered water.
  • Puree for a few seconds, the fruit pulp is so soft that it doesn’t need a long time to puree. The seeds will remain intact.
  • Pour the mixture into a pitcher using a strainer. Discard the seeds. Add sugar, ice cubes, and the rest of the filtered water to the pitcher and mix. Add more sugar if needed, according to your taste.


• Adjust the sugar to your taste.
• First of all, handle the prickly pears with care, since the tiny thorns sometimes are not easy to see. If you’re not familiar working with them, use gloves as a precaution.


Serving: 1.25cups | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg