One of the fun things about travel to new places is the food, and Cambodia was no exception. It was hot, hot, and humid while I was there, and I appreciated the wide variety of fruit drinks available in the comfort of cafés with “air con” such as the refreshing lime ginger juice available at Cafe Yejj and the “ladybug” at Java.
The “ladybug” is watermelon and mint or lime or something and got me thinking about the mint I’ve got growing here at home… Why couldn’t I just blend up a bunch of fruit and mint together and make my own refreshing drinks?
So, since I’ve been back, I’ve been doing a little experimental smoothie making, and I’ll share some of the results with you as time goes one. 😉
For today, I’ll give you the first product:
(Notice the detritus of unpacking and accumulated mail all over the table?!) 🙂
This is a mint-kiwi smoothie. Here’s the “recipe” such as it is:
- 1 banana
- 2 kiwi fruit
- a chunk of cucumber, peeled
- a handful of mint (I used a combination of lemon balm, apple mint, and chocolate mint)
- a dash of lime juice
- some milk
- some ice cubes
I just chopped up the fruit and cucumber and dropped it into the blender along with the mint (stems and all). Then I poured the lime juice and milk in and added the ice cubes last. I chopped it all up until it seemed smooth, and viola!
I was a little skeptical at first about the mint/kiwi combination, but it’s pretty good. It is very green, though! I made this several days in a row and added some squash blossoms to future versions. They didn’t affect the taste but added some little yellow flecks (and surely a bit of nutrition, right?). 😉
I plan to keep experimenting with fruit and mint in the blender, so I’ll let you know if I come up with any other winners in the days ahead.
Do you have a favorite refreshing summer drink?