June 10th, 2011
This heat is not right. Not in early June.
There’s only one way to make things better: jump right into summer with a new drink of the season.
The year before last was all about watermelon drinks. Last year I got sassy with Blackberry Limeade. This year, it’s all about strawberry + lychee + mint.
This Strawberry, Lychee and Mint Smoothie is the sip of the summer. You heard it here first.
It’s amazing without any alcohol—already a favorite with my kids—and tastes good with a splash of booze, too. Try it this weekend, become a convert and spread the word. It’s time to get the party started.
Strawberry, Lychee & Mint Smoothie
makes 2 cups
(can be adapted for kids 6+ months)*
10 frozen strawberries**
8 lychees, from a can of lychees packed in syrup
10 mint leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup lychee syrup, from the can
ice cubes (optional)
1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth. If the drink is too thin or doesn’t get as frosty as you like, add a couple of ice cubes and blend again until smooth. Serve cold.
*Note: If serving to beginner eaters, consider reducing the sugar content by cutting out the sugar and/or reducing the syrup. If you need to thin the smoothie, water will work well without adding sugar. Do not use honey as a substitute for children under 12-months-old due to risk of botulism. If you have concerns about feeding strawberries to children under one, read more about introducing high-allergen foods here.
**Note: You can substitute fresh berries but, if they are not at peak ripeness/sweetness, the smoothie may be tart; you can add more sugar and/or syrup to taste. You’ll also need to use as many as 8-10 ice cubes to make it frosty and thick.