A few posts ago I talked about some cactus pears that I ordered from Melissa’s online produce company. Never had them before so I wasn’t sure what to do with them; for some reason the first thing I thought of was making them into a drink. Was originally thinking some sort of mocktail but then Alexandra mentioned having a cactus pear lemonade in New Mexico once, and that just sounded delicious so I had to try it out. Came out yummy and refreshing, and it put me on kind of a lemonade roll now. Thinking of doing a watermelon lemonade next…
Desert Blush Lemonade
- 1/2 cup cactus pear juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
- 3 cups sparkling water (or plain water)
Combine cactus pear juice and sugar in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and pour into a clean container. Let cool until just warm, then chill in fridge.