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.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: agua fresca, cactus fruit, drink, xoconostle
Servings: 8 Medium glasses
Calories: 43kcal
Author: Andrés Carnalla


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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