Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The perfect local, market fresh cocktail

Drinking your strawberries
This winter we invested in a VitaMix. It's been great for morning time smoothies, afternoon pick me ups, and even for soup making. It's a crazy fun machine. And has made increasing veggie and fruit intake easier. But now that it's summer? It's perfect for berry smoothies, and I have to admit, summertime cocktails.

Stop scoffing. I know.

But whip up a bunch of ice and fresh berries, throw in some fresh herbs, like mint or thyme or basil and you have the perfect puree to combine with alcohol of your choice. It's the ultimate local fresh farmer's market cocktail. Dare I say it blurs the line of cocktail and health food drink? No, I didn't say it, but perhaps I thought it.

The photo above is a strawberry and mint puree with vodka and ice. Super refreshing and frothy, it's perfect on a hot day, to sip and linger awhile with. Next time I just may try it with basil.

Happy, happy summer.


Unknown said...

oh my dear...you are a bad bad influence..heheh that looks soooo good. especially with the heat we've been having. what a refreshing way to end the day, or begin the afternoon..hehe

love ya!

Janet said...

wow, that sounds amazingly delicious! your photos are always tops too.

Heather said...

Okay, so what's the difference between a Vitamix and a blender? I always associate Vitamix with Billy Mays-type commercials, but I absolutely LOVE fruit, so this gets me thinking maybe me need one of these.

Wacky Mommy said...

Hahaha -- remember that scene in Postcards from the Edge where Shirley MacLaine (as the Debbie Reynolds character) is trying to set a good example for Carrie Fisher's character (played by Meryl Streep) by blending up a smoothie? Then she pours in half a bottle of vodka as soon as Carrie/Meryl walks out. Glub glub.

LadyConcierge said...

Love the VitaMix. we are hopefully getting one as a wedding present!

Unknown said...

Wow! That berry + herb smoothie looks delicious. We love seeing a different take on a summer classic. Check our Twitter feed—We’re excited to share your idea w/our community.

Julie said...

Sold! I love juice, but add booze and I'm in love!