The best (spiked) smoothies

20140609-130700-47220396.jpgAlong with gigantic salads, summer is the time for ice cold smoothies. Depending on what you throw in them, you can turn your smoothies into a meal, snack, or dessert. This one falls in the later category – it’s so thick and creamy you can eat it with a spoon. All the sugar comes from the fruit, making it a much healthier alternative than most frozen desserts.

Smoothies and hard alcohol are two things that don’t usually go together but this one is perfect with a shot of vodka or rum tossed in. It’s one of the tastiest, and healthiest, blended cocktails I’ve ever had and is perfect enjoyed poolside on a hot summer day.

Of course, you can make it without the alcohol and it will still taste wonderful but I highly recommend the spiked version if you’re looking for a new summer drink.

I’ve given very, very rough estimates of the amounts. The beauty of making smoothies is that you can tweak the quantities to the get right taste, thickness, and alcohol content for you. Depending on the quality of your blender, you also may have to add more liquid to get everything moving.

As I mentioned before, frozen bananas really are key to getting a creamy smoothie. I always keep a container full of them in my freezer. Whenever my bananas start to get too ripe, I just peel them, break them into chunks, and toss them in to be used for smoothies or banana bread in the future.

Tropical Spiked Smoothie

Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 part frozen mangos
  • 1 part frozen pineapple
  • 2 parts frozen bananas
  • 1-2 shots vodka or rum per person
  • almond milk

Instructions:

  1. Toss frozen fruit into blender.
  2. Add liquid and blend. Start with the alcohol and then add just enough almond milk to blend – you can always add more to thin it out.
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