cactus pear lemonade recipe

This is my favorite summertime drink! Cactus Pear Lemonade. I used to buy it from our local whole foods market but being a very curious and frugal mama I set out to create my own last summer. Good thing too because it turned out even better! If you've never tried a cactus pear now is the time, they are great in lemonade!

What You'll Need:
4 small lemons
3 cactus pears (I found mine at our local grocer)
Purified drinking water
Sugar (raw, or regular works)

1. Slice your lemons in half.
2. Cut the Cactus pear into cubes.
3. Peel the thick skin off of the cactus pears.
4. Place 1 cup of water into a medium sauce pan.
5. Turn the heat on low.
6. Drop in your cactus pear cubes.
7. Squeeze your lemon juice into the pan and scrape out some of the inside guts.
8. Add 1cup of sugar.
9. Let it simmer for 30-45 mins. stirring occasionally.
10. Turn the burner off and let cool.
11. Strain the mixture into a pitcher of 1.5-2 quarts of water.
(depending on how sweet you like your lemonade.)
12. Store it in the fridge and enjoy!

Hope you and your family enjoy this delicious treat!
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