Oh Summer. We loved you. We will always love you. Some things just epitomize summer in the best of ways. I love summer more than any other season by far and I love everything that goes along with summer, too. Long days, warm nights, sunscreen, sandy feet, popsicles, sticky hands. And watermelon. Is there anything more summery than a juicy watermelon dripping down your face and arms? I’m pretty sure there isn’t.
So, to celebrate the end of Summer, I give you a concoction that pretty much looks and tastes exactly like summer should. And the best part is, you can choose how you want to eat it. Here’s what you need: Watermelon, cucumber, and lime.
You could just throw in watermelon, peeled cucumber and a squeeze of lime juice into your tall cup and blend it, throw in some ice cubes and you have the most perfect porch drink. Or you could freeze some of the watermelon chunks beforehand, blend those together with un-frozen watermelon, some cucumber and lime juice and now you’ve got a watermelon slushie.
Or add in some rum, because why the heck not?
You could also freeze the whole mess into popsicle molds and enjoy it as a frozen snack instead of a beverage. It doesn’t matter how you eat it. Just do yourself a favor and blend up watermelon, cucumber, and lime, take a sip (or a lick) and enjoy these last days before fall sets in. You deserve it.
Watermelon-Cucumber-Lime drink (inspired by Yes, I Want Cake)
- Watermelon chunks; half of them frozen, half not frozen.
- Cucumber, peeled
- Lime juice
- Rum (optional)
Blend everything together! If you use frozen watermelon you don’t even need ice!
Welcome, Magic Bullet, to my humble abode. I’m so excited for all sorts of multi-purposing in our future together.
But what to start with? Maybe something easy. And healthy. I read lifestyle blogs all day long and easy and healthy seems to be the trend nowadays so why not?
I decided to try out the Lean Green Smoothie featured on Camille Styles blog. I adapted it a little and my ingredients are listed below.
Here are the players:
Pretty healthy looking group right?
- 1/ 2 pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 1 cup of baby spinach leaves (I was hesitant about this but I did it anyway and couldn’t taste a thing! Which means its negligible flavor-wise, but essential for the healthy ingredients quota.)
- 10 mint leaves, chopped
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- Crushed ice
Basically, you want to cut everything up…
So that it will comfortably fit in your bullet, like so…
Blend until you have a nice smooth… well, smoothie.
I decided on the green party cup because I intended to tote this delicious mix to work. But someone had different plans for this lean green machine.
It never even stood a chance.
I’m going to go ahead and assume you all know what Jamba Juice is. Is that a safe assumption? No? Well, it’s a smoothie joint. My little brother happens to work there, actually. Anyway, they make smoothies. Dang good ones, if I do say so myself. But honestly, five bucks for some berries in a blender? No thanks. I’d rather make it myself. And I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I make really good smoothies. But they have this one smoothie there that is ridiculous. It shouldn’t be called a smoothie, it should be called a shake, really. It’s ri-donk-ulous. It’s called the Peanut Butter Moo’d. They have it in chocolate, too. But I’m still not willing to fork out the dough for it. Not to mention it’s like five zillion calories. Seriously. Not that I even care. But. Still.
Enter: Bullet. Also: frozen bananas. I’ve already told you guys how these suckers can make freakin ice cream, yo, and now I’m here to tell you they are clearly the secret to a creamy peanut butter shake. Which you are more than welcome to add chocolate to. I added nutella. Because, why wouldn’t you?
- 1 frozen banana, 1 non-frozen banana cut into chunks. (Here we have these little mini bananas called apple bananas. They’re the best things ever. But if you don’t have those, and are using regular ol’ cavendash which are ginormous, you could just use half one of each frozen and non frozen)
- 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter (ps this is one serving size. score for portion control!)
- a few glugs of milk
- Nutella, like, however much you want.
- I also threw in a couple chunks of frozen papaya because a) they were severely freezer burned and needed to go and b) I thought they’d add a bit of sweet that would be nice. you could throw in whatever frozen fruit you have on hand: peaches, mango, whatevs. Maybe not berries because they are a) tart and b) red which means you’d have a nasty color smoothie. Just sayin’.
Do you like piña coladas? And dancing in the rain? If so, it sounds like we could be friends.
Since rum isn’t my favorite liquor, I decided to make some virgin piña coladas to try and beat the heat. These are just as good as alcoholic ones and are totally acceptable to drink at any function.
I got the recipe from Paula Deen who I still love in spite of her diabetes debacle. She has a really interesting life; I would know, I read her autobiography. You should check it out sometime when you feel up for an easy, food-related read.
ANYWAY, cut up some pineapple. This recipe calls for only a ¼ of a cup, but I added more because I like mine with a punch of pineapple.
Then add in your cream of coconut and your coconut milk. Which are indeed two different things and you shouldn’t substitute one for the other. It will taste funny.
Now, I have to warn you that these yield highly sweet, rich drinks. What else would you expect from Paula? To counteract this, I added a ton of ice to a) water it down some and b) make it ice cold—which I think is a necessity for enjoying a drink like this.
I also felt it was necessary to shake it like a Polaroid picture, too.
I swear these were non-alcoholic in spite of this last blurry picture. I wouldn’t lie to you. But feel free to alcohol it up. Just drink responsibly. And don’t email me when everything seems so loud the next morning.
I have no idea why we decided to name this drink a Mojito-rito. But for some reason, it just happened. My first thought is maybe because it’s somewhere between a mojito and a blended margarita… but I’m not sure if that is really why we came up with it or not. Either way, this drink was a creation that was basically the result of bringing home a bottle of rum and realizing we had no mixers. At all.
I had bought a big ol’ bunch of mint at the farmer’s market and was dreaming of making mojitos with some of it. So, graciously, my boyfriend Brett went out and bought some white rum to bring back to me. Club soda, he forgot. So we improvised. It turned out to be the most delicious improvisation we’ve made yet.
Seriously, not only does blending mint turn your ‘mojito’ into the most fabulous shade of green, but it makes something so refreshing that it turns an ordinary Sunday afternoon into a mini vacation. It’s not too sweet, it’s just strong enough that you don’t forget what it is you’re drinking, and, people, look at how green it is! Brett even went so far as to say it was his favorite cocktail he’s ever had. So if that doesn’t convince you, well gee, I just don’t know what will.
Ingredients (for two drinks)
- 1 big handful fresh mint leaves
- 1 lime
- 3 oz white rum
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Get out two party cups (or tall cups), and fill each one about 2/3- 3/4 of the way full with ice. Pour 1 1/2 oz of rum into each cup, and then squeeze the juice of a half a lime into each. top with 1/2 handful of fresh mint and 1 tbsp of sugar.
- Pop on your cross blade and blend until you don’t hear big chunks of ice whirling around anymore. Pour into a glass (or just screw on the party cup lid if you prefer), top with a sprig of fresh mint, and enjoy!
Variation: We made these again and added a few big chunks of fresh coconut that our landlord had given us from his tree. It was delicious in flavor, but fresh coconut made the texture off. I think this would be absolutely awesome with a splash of coconut milk. You could also throw in a couple chunks of mango if you’re feeling crazy. Oooh, that sounds good.. Excuse me.. it seems I need to do some more… uh… ‘taste testing’…
Magic Bullet Brothers and Sisters,
In your hour of need, I come to you with an amazing smoothie recipe! Yesterday morning, before embarking on a vigorous hike, I decided to make a fruity concoction to get myself energized and motivated. For the smoothie, I used some of my favorite fruits and even added a little raspberry sorbet, because I was feeling just that crazy.
TAKE A HIKE SMOOTHIE
Magic Bullet Parts
- Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup raspberry sorbet
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup chopped ripe strawberries
- ½ cup fresh mango
- Cut strawberries into halves and cut mango into small cubes.
*Cutting a fresh mango can be challenging. If you’re not up for the task, you can always get pre-cut mango at your local grocery store.
2. Add to tall cup, ¼ cup scoopable raspberry sorbet, ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup chopped ripe strawberries, ½ cup fresh cut mango and ¼ cup orange juice.
Sometimes, we all have those days. You know the ones I mean.
You press snooze one too many times. You stub your toe on the way out the door, and realize you forgot to put on deodorant. You rush to work with sleep still in your eyes and your hair matted to the side of your face. It’s not going to be a good day. And then someone says it, why, you have no idea, but it happens every time: “Wow, did you get enough sleep? You look super tired today.” …seriously? Everyone knows that’s code for ‘You look like crap, what the hell happened?’ Ugh. The day just keeps getting better, right?
Well, this is for those days. The days when you need something to make it better. To make your coworkers disappear for a while and create a nice little island of calm where you can sit for a while and wake up. Then you can fix your hair. And punch out your coworker. Or.. whatever. I don’t advocate violence. Just sayin’.
Frothy Coffee Drink
Sorry guys, no measurements on this one. Use each ingredient according to your taste. If you use hot coffee, use less of it and use more milk and ice. Cold coffee, you can use more coffee and less milk and ice. Or however you like it. I like a ton of milk and sugar. My boyfriend likes a ton of coffee with just a little sugar and milk. To each his or her own!
P.S. You know you can grind coffee in your bullet, right? Just throw a tablespoon or two (or three) into the short cup, pop on the flat blade and pulse a few times. Whoo! Whole bean coffee keeps its freshness much better than pre-ground (it lasts especially long if you keep it in the freezer), so now you can buy whole bean coffee and grind it at home!
- coffee (If you want to plan ahead and make this extra yummy, I have a recipe here for cold pressed coffee. It’s fab. Make it and keep it in the fridge and use a bit as you go. If you use this, you don’t need a lot as it’s super strong. Otherwise, just make coffee straight into your bullet party cup. It’ll do.)
- chocolate syrup (or cocoa powder and sugar)
Put it all in your party mug and blend-a-rooskies. Difficult, right? If you’re feeling crazy, I think it’d be delish to add some caramel (here’s my own personal fav. recipe) or whatever other flavors you like. Syrups will blend better than powders/granulated sugar if you are using cold pressed coffee. If you start with hot coffee, put the sugar and chocolate powder at the bottom of the cup before you pour in the coffee. It’ll dissolve right away. Drink and Enjoy!!
You may have noted from my bio that I’m extremely fond of tropical fruit smoothies. Well, the rumors are true!
Although my obsession with blended fruit beverages is a fairly recent development, I can’t imagine how I ever lived without them. I must have been so depressed.
If there’s one thing you can expect from me– during my time as your Magic Bullet advisor, it’s that I’ll be making A LOT of tasty smoothies, which hopefully you’ll be dying to try. So let’s begin our smoothie journey together with this delicious and easy-to make coco-nutty concoction…
COCONUT WHAT? SMOOTHIE
Magic Bullet parts
Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades
- ½ banana
- ¾ cup fresh pineapple chunks
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- *2 leaves of fresh basil
- Please prepare yourself by putting on your favorite Hawaiian shirt.
- Wow, you look great! That shirt really brings out the color of your eyes and I’m not just saying that.
- Guess what? Now you’re ready to make your very own Coconut What? smoothie.
- To tall cup, add ¾ cup of fresh pineapple chunks, ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk, ½ banana, 3-4 ice cubes and 1 teaspoon of honey. *Make sure to add the honey last so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your tall cup.
- Blend ingredients until smooth.
At this point, you might be wondering why I have listed 2 leaves of fresh basil. Well, during one of my first attempts at making this smoothie, I realized that I had used too much coconut milk. While the smoothie’s texture was perfect, it had a weird coconut milk after taste. If you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t fret! And don’t throw your smoothie out just yet! Try adding 2 fresh basil leaves into your tall cup with the finished product and blend until leaves are fully incorporated or appear as little green specks. The basil leaves really help to cut down the flavor of the coconut milk and also, add a nice fresh flavor to your smoothie.
(Okay, okay, I don’t own a Hawaiian shirt. But the t-shirt I’m wearing has a flower on it. Doesn’t that count?)
I hope you enjoy making this smoothie and feel as though you’ve been transported to a dreamy Hawaiian island!
Milk Punch. Milk. Punch. Punch. With Milk. Milk. That packs a Punch.
Hmmm.. Think about it. Say the words a few times in your head. Mull it over. Mull.. Mulled wine. Game of Thrones. No. Wine. Mmm.. Wine.. Drink. Milk. Punch? Milk Punch? Milk Punch! Does it still sound weird to you? It still sounds weird to me. But to my boyfriend, it just sounded delicious. Right away. No mulling required. So we decided to make it. In fact, we decided to make it for a very special occasion.
I was taking the MCAT. Heard of it? No? It’s just this one test that can decide whether or not a person gets to do the thing they want to do for the rest of their life. No big deal or anything. You know, just the kind of test you study for for four hours a day for three months with no breaks and no fun. Minor stuff, really. So. I was going to take it. And it was going to take all day. And afterward, I was going to need a drink. Stat. Like a doctor needs a stethescope. And a police officer needs your drivers license number. Am I rambling? Let’s have a drink.
Be forewarned, however. Even though this was supposed to be my celebratory drink, the night I was supposed to have many and more drinks, I drank only this one. Then I, erm.. well I fell asleep. So it’s a good kind of drink. Just not the party kind of drink. Try it. You’ll see what I mean. It packs a punch.
Milk Punch (adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups milk (you can use 1 cup of half and half and 1 1/2 cups of milk if you like. use whichever you have on hand. but the more creamy the better..)
- 3/4 cup burbon
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted (or if you’re lazy like me, skip it. Makes no difference and means less dishes! whoo!)
- nutmeg for garnish
In the large blender attachment for your bullet, mix together all ingredients except nutmeg. Pulse a few times to mix thoroughly. Pop the whole thing in the freezer and let it freeze for several hours or up to one day if you’re a planner and are making this in advance. When you’re ready to serve, take it out of the freezer and give it a few pulses on the bullet. Pour into 2 glasses and sprinkle on some nutmeg for garnish. Note: if you are going to let it freeze all day or overnight, let the blender defrost for 10 minutes before blending. Drink and Enjoy! (And then sleep oh so well…)
So I’ve mentioned how much I like smoothies for breakfast. But generally, a smoothie alone just doesn’t quite cut it. Sure, it makes a nice dent, but it isn’t going to be enough to keep you full until lunch. This is where the genius of the bowl comes in.
You’ve seen them. C’mon now, don’t be shy. You’ve walked past the hippe “health bar” where the guy with dreds flashes you a peace sign as he digs in to something purple and drippy and covered in fruit. You think, “Man, that looks good.” So you’ve even gone in. You’ve looked at the menu. You know it’s covered in organic granola, bananas and, wait.. bee pollen? Then you’ve seen the price tag. “Eleven dollars?!? For a bowl of smoothie?!” And you’ve walked away. Or maybe you’ve forked out the cash and you didn’t exactly regret it because yeah, it was downright tasty, but you’ve certainly mentally scolded yourself for spending so much on something that melts.