Prickly Pear Agua Fresca

12 prickly pears, 6 green & 6 red

Using tongs hold each pear over a low flame to burn off any needles before handling. Then slice off each end of the fruit, and cut a slit down one side. Peel the skin back away from the fruit and discard. Cut the fruit in a few chunks and toss into the food processor. Process on high for a minute or so, until liquefied. You may also use a blender although all the seeds may prove to be to much for your blender to handle (it was for mine).
Pour the juice through a mesh sieve to remove the seeds. It should yield 2-3 cups of juice. I only used 2 cups, I had other plans for the rest of this juice.
Heat 1 cup of water and 4 tablespoons of sugar on a low heat until the sugar has dissolved, combine with 2 cups of prickly pear juice. Taste for sweetness and adjust if needed. Chill and serve over ice.