'Cause I Like Pina Coladas...

Sitting outside, drinking a glass of sangria or a big margarita (or a mojito, because YUM!), laughing with friends; these are things that make up my ideal summer evening. I'm a big fan of fruity cocktails and summer is the perfect time to drink them. Everyone's more relaxed, and the drinks are so refreshing.

I stopped drinking a month ago, so I was starting to think this could be a boring summer. The more I kept thinking about it, however, the more I started to decide that I have to come up with other things to drink. Beverages that even those who are still drinking might enjoy.

Instead of a hard cider, this Apple Ginger Sparkler might hit the spot. This Limeaid with Mint might just help me get my mojito fix. And I absolutely love this Mint Tea Punch, which I served to rave reviews at my friend's bridal tea last summer (recipe hint: I used 2 bags Constant Comment tea, and 2 bags Earl Grey tea, and they worked wonderfully).

One of my favorite things to drink is a fruit smoothie, and I thought I'd share my super easy recipe. I drink these for breakfast pretty often, but they're refreshing for a light lunch or a snack as well. Aaron, my husband, is always dissappointed if I don't make a little extra for him. We both love this drink. I use this is as a basic template and change certain ingredients depending on what I'm craving that day. I'm sure mango with peach nectar would be a great variation, too.

Jessie's Fruit Smoothie

(Makes 1 serving, but can be doubled, tripled, etc. as needed.)

1 banana
1/2 c. fresh strawberries, or mixed berries (frozen is fine)
1/4 c. low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 T vanilla whey powder (optional - adds an extra protein kick to keep me full)
1/2 c. orange juice
Ice (if using frozen berries, ice is not needed)

Add all ingredients into a blender, and puree until smooth. Enjoy!


donna said...
June 7, 2007 at 3:32 PM

Glad you're back! And the drinks sound yummy!

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