Simple Summer Sippers
I had two great pineapples the other day, and was trying to think about what I should do with them. I realized that the answer is simple - enjoy them as they are, which is what I normally do when I have pineapple, because it's not an everyday occurance. Anywho, I enjoyed plenty of it, "au natural" (enough to give me little burns around my mouth), and turned some of it into a green smoothie!
Berries also make fabulous drinks. Around here, a few kinds of berries are abundant in the summer - bluberries, raspberries, and strawberries. We pick and then freeze them for the winter. Right now we're still using up last years crop, but soon it will be time to pick more! I like frozen fruit in a smoothie, for that added frostiness, but feel free to use fresh berries in this recipe. Oh, and sorry, no quantities for any of these recipes, because I always throw in a little of this and a little of that. You can follow my ingredients as a guideline, experimenting to see what tastes good to you.
Yes, you can even "sip" fruit from a spoon too! It doesn't have to be in a glass. Mmmm, watermelon is one of my favourite summer fruits, especially on super hot days. Give this drink a try with other melon such as honeydew or canteloupe! The mint is optional but it tastes great and addes pretty green specs even after it's blended. To accentuate the strawberry flavour, and add eye appeal (great if you are serving to guests), drizzle strawberry sauce on top and garnish with fresh mint (which goes so well with watermlon). Serve in a bowl or a glass.
For the strawberry sauce, simply blend strawberries with agave to taste, and a little bit of lemon to bring out the flavours.