It’s still a little chilly out to be eating ice cream, but a little wishful thinking never hurt anyone. Maybe this strawberry banana milkshake with a splash of rum will make some nice warm weather arrive a little faster. Confession: I whipped up this boozy shake twice in 3 days, first for a movie night with an old friend over the weekend, and then just because it was Monday. (Both reasonable occasions, IMO.) I did us a real service, though, because at least now there’s no more ice cream in the house…
Boozy Strawberry Banana Milkshake
Basically serves 2, but if you want a mega serving like you’d get when ordering a milkshake at a diner, feel free to drink the whole thing by yourself. I won’t judge. Much.
- 1/4 c. milk
- 1/2 pint strawberry ice cream or frozen yogurt
- 8-10 fresh or frozen strawberries, hulled
- 1 medium ripe banana
- *Optional* 2-3 oz rum (or more, ya lushes)
- Place all ingredients in blender.
- Blend for about 30 seconds.
- Imbibe, and then please leave me a tipsy comment about how much you loved this milkshake.
Strawberries– sweet, tart, little red ovoids of joy– have been one of my very favorite fruits ever since I was a tiny kid, so I’m super-happy that they’re coming into season. Now that they’ve been marked as one of the EWG’s Dirty Dozen, I’m only trying to buy organic, but they’re so delicious that I’m more than willing to shell out the big bucks for them.
Boyfriend and I recently plowed our way through 16oz of organic strawberries that were so ripe and fresh that nearly every bite elicited some kind of yelp/exclamation/food-pleasure-noise from us. YES, THEY WERE THAT GOOD.
Fun fact: Strawberries are actually a “false fruit.” I know this because I wrote a research paper on the domestication of the strawberry for a college bio class. You see, a fruit is basically defined as the plant’s ovary (gross, and also a gross oversimplification, but deal with it). An in the case of the strawberry, the delicious squishy red part that we like to eat is actually just a carrier for the true fruit…which is what we see as the strawberry’s seeds. So the seeds are the real fruits. And inside each of the fake seeds/real fruits is a real seed. They’re like matryoshka dolls in fruit form. Damn, strawberries. Why so complicated?
If you don’t believe me, Wikipedia backs me up. Congratulations! Your mind has officially been blown.
And what can you do with this abundance of strawberry goodness? Hell, what can’t you do? Here are a few easy recipes I’m dying to try out this berry season:
- Two Peas & Their Pod’s Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
- Healthy Smoothie HQ’s Arugula Green Smoothie
- Confections of a Foodie Bride’s Strawberry Soup
- Martha Stewart’s Strawberry Cake
- Saveur’s Strawberry Rhurbarb Smash cocktail
Happy berry-eating (and drinking)!