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Key Lime Cactus Soda

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Servings: 16
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 60 min.
Total: 1 hr. 15 min.
Kris Mullen
Turn prickly pear cactus into a drink with a refreshing zing.


  • 2 1/2 cups cane sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbs fresh key lime zest
  • Juice of10 key limes
  • 2 cups prickly pear cactus, thorns removed and diced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Soda water


  • In a large nonreactive saucepan combine sugar, lemon juice, key lime juice and zest, cactus, salt, and 1 ˝ cups of water.
  • Bring liquid to a boil and simmer until sugar is dissolved and liquid thickens.
  • Remove from heat and let steep 1 hour.
  • Strain and discard cactus. Store syrup in a sealed bottle in the fridge. It can last up to two weeks.
  • To make soda, pour 1 ˝ tablespoons of syrup over ice and mix with fresh seltzer water. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 45
  Calories from Fat 1 (2%)
(0%)Total Fat 0g
(0%)Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(1%)Sodium 24mg
(2%)Potassium 72mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
(3%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 8g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(1%)Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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