Smoothies & Shakes Recipes

Milkshakes, slushies, aguas frescas, lassis and fruit shakes. This section is about the art of mixing fruits and herbs, and turning them into refreshing drinks.

Watermelon and yogurt cooler

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It's summer in the Northern hemisphere but, here in the tropics, we are smack in the monsoon season. Not that it rains everyday. On the contrary, some days are so warm and humid it's like summer never went. And nothing beats the heat than a cold drink.This watermelon and yogurt cooler is a concoction of my daughter, Sam. I just took the photos. Sam did such a wonderful … [Read more...]

Minty vanilla mocha shake

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Holiday eating got too heavy? Have something for breakfast that doesn't require chewing -- a milk shake with everything in it including caffeine to wake you up, sugar to give you that needed morning boost and a touch of mint to refresh your senses. … [Read more...]

Melon, ginger ale and peppermint slush

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In the Philippines, melon usually refers to the cantaloupe or rockmelon. That's about the only variety found in the market for ages because it is the variety that is grown locally. It was not only until the last decade that imported honeydews, sugar melons and hami melons started to make an appearance and gained some popularity here.I mention the variety of melons … [Read more...]

Milkshake with dulce de leche mudslide

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I've been dreaming of making this for weeks. But since we started making dulce de leche in a pressure cooker (yes, with nothing blowing up!), the caramel has come out firm and no longer pourable. If you're familiar with mudslides, you'd know that the syrup used to create the mudslide effect should be pourable so that it drips down the sides of the glass.Since we make … [Read more...]

Tea milkshake

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I never liked milk in my tea. I always felt that the milk drowned out the delicate flavors of the tea. It wasn't until Alex developed an affinity for milk tea and learned how to prepare it at home that I slowly got over my aversion for milk in my tea. So much so that I've gone farther and tried my hand at making tea milkshake.Yes, it is a tea milkshake made with brewed … [Read more...]

Dragon fruit shake

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When Speedy saw Luke Nguyen whip up a dragon fruit shake in his show, he wasted no time in buying a dragon fruit to replicate the drink at home. When he cut the dragon fruit in half, to his surprise, he found the flesh to be the same color as the skin.The skin of the dragon fruit is magenta but the flesh may either be white or as magenta as the skin. We've always … [Read more...]

Mango, cucumber and mint smoothie

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With the mint in our garden now growing profusely once again, I can pick the leaves with abandon to mix into drinks. Not just for the minted green tea that Alex likes so much but for cold drinks too.If you've gone through the archive of drinks recipes, you might have come across my cucumber cooler and cucumber and coconut smoothie, both of which are simply sensational … [Read more...]

Mango-ginger lassi

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When Speedy said "mango-ginger", I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive. Although I am used to combining fruits with spices (mostly, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves), I wasn't at all sure how the mango and ginger combination would work. Amazingly, mango and ginger did go well together. Mango lassi is good; mango-ginger lassi is better.The key is in the correct … [Read more...]

Mango-lemon lassi

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Lassi is essentially a yogurt-based drink that contains spices. Question: if a drink contains yogurt, plus milk, and has no spices whatsoever, is it still a lassi? Giada de Laurentiis thinks and says so. I'm not so sure how correct she is in the strict sense (I don't add spices to my mango lassi either) but her mango-lime lassi recipe, as executed by Speedy, is simply … [Read more...]

Watermelon Smoothie

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When I first posted a recipe for watermelon smoothie, I used a regular watermelon and the recipe included instructions on scraping off the seeds. That was in 2004 and you can see that old recipe on page two.Seedless watermelons started making an appearance in the local market not long after that. Although the first seedless watermelons were not as sweet as the … [Read more...]