Sunday, March 30, 2008

tart n' tangy

One of my first jobs was working in a smoothie shop (which has since gone out-of-business) called Mayberries. I worked there on and off for over three years, and in that time I've accumulated a lot of great drink recipes. My husband and I love fruit smoothies, but I'm always disappointed when I go to some of the other juice chains. Nothing compares to Mayberries! As a result, I've been blending a lot at home, and I decided to share one of the simplest and best smoothie recipes I know.

Tart n' Tangy

You will need:
1 can Kern's nectar (peach, mango, papaya, or guava)

1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1 cup fresh or frozen peaches

3-6 generous scoops orange sherbet

Tie on your apron. Start blending the juice and fruit first. Add scoops of sherbet and stop continuously to stir and pack into blender. Most home blenders can't handle the workload of the heavy-duty blenders you see in smoothie shops. The key to a good home smoothie is patience! Just keep re-packing and stirring as you blend, and your smoothie will have a nice, thick consistency. Makes 2-4 servings.

*helpful hint* No ice! Nothing ruins a smoothie like chunks of ice floating in it. Ice is great if you're making a natural drink (ie: yogurt, fruit, honey, ice), but not if you're creating more of a dessert-style smoothie. Enjoy!

5 comments:

Annban10 said...

ooh.. This sounds soo yummy!
I had no idea you worked there. I hope you share more smoothie recipes, I only have the typical orange julius ones, so this is a TREAT!! Thanks~

Marie said...

Oh, my gosh!! I had no idea you worked at Mayberries! We used to go there a lot (mostly to the one at the Riverwoods, but sometimes to the one on State Street). There is nothing better than a smoothie and a sandwich for a light refreshing lunch or dinner. Especially in the spring and summer, it seems just perfect.

Thanks for sharing the recipe! We love making smoothies, but we often do it by trial and error, so it doesn't always turn out right.

Marie said...

By the way, I read an article in the Daily Herald last week about cupcakes and it mentioned a blog that I thought you might be really interested in: http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com/

It's all cupcakes, all the time. "D

Heidi and Jason said...

I absolutely love the dessert-type smoothies! I haven't made one in so long, I'm going to try your recipe! Thanks for the tip with the ice. And I'll remember to put on my apron ;)

Miss Megan said...

To all my dear friends: more smoothie recipes to follow in the future!

Marie:

I actually have "All Cupcakes All the Time" linked up to my blog. I discovered it about a year ago, and I love it! Thanks for thinking of me.