Sour Cactus Fruit Agua Fresca

Agua de Xoconostle

Mexico has an infinite variety of aguas frescas. Enjoy this one prepared with xoconostle, a sour cactus fruit. The peak season for xoconostle is summer and fall but you can often find it year-round.

Cactus Fruit Agua Fresca in Glass
Mexican Cactus Fruit Drink in Glass with Ice

How to Make

Gather your ingredients. You’ll need:

  • 4 xoconostle cactus fruits
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 8 cups water
Where to Buy Cactus Fruit

There is a good chance that your local Mexican or Latin market will carry fresh xoconostle cactus fruit. Look for it in the produce section.

Ingredients to Make a Cactus Fruit Agua Fresca

How to Clean Cactus Fruit

Don’t be intimidated by the cactus fruits. They are very easy to clean. Slice the ends off the cactus fruit then score the skin lengthwise. Use the blade of you knife to peel off the outer layer. Scoop out the seeds with small spoon. See the tutorial here.

Cleaned Xoconostle Cactus Fruit on Cutting Board

Preparing the Base

Blend the cleaned fruit with 4 cups of water and 1/2 cup sugar for 1 minute. After blending, strain the mixture to remove the pulp. Add the remaining 4 cups water and stir well.

Straining Cactus Fruit Agua Fresca Base

Serving

Serve over ice. Enjoy aguas frescas with your mid-day meal. They are a healthy alternative to sodas.

Cactus Fruit Agua Fresca

Storing

It will keep in the fridge for 3 days but we like it best when served freshly made.

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Mexican Cactus Fruit Drink in Glass with Ice
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Sour Cactus Fruit Agua Fresca

Tangy Mexican agua fresca prepared with a sour cactus fruit called xoconostle and brown sugar. An easy to make drink which is a delicious healthy alternative to sodas.
Course Drink
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword agua fresca, cactus fruit, drink, xoconostle
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 Medium glasses
Calories 43kcal
Author Andrés Carnalla

Ingredients

  • 4 xoconostle cactus fruits
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 8 cups water

Instructions

  • Clean the cactus fruit by removing outer skin and seeds
  • Blend the cleaned cactus fruit with 4 cups of water and 1/2 cup sugar for 1 minute.
  • After blending, strain the mixture to remove the pulp.
  • Add the remaining 4 cups water and stir well.
  • Serve over ice.

Notes

  • You don’t need to add lime. The drink is already quite tart from the xoconostle.
  • Add more sugar is you prefer a sweeter drink.
  • Try preparing this drink with tunas, the sweet prickly pear cactus fruit.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 9g

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