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Frozen Summer Drink Recommendations

It’s finally summer here in upstate New York, which means my blenders are very happily being used to make a lot of frozen drinks and treats.  Here are my personal favorites and recommendations:

Banana Milk
Frozen Piña Colada
Grown-up Polar Cup

Matcha Milk Frappachino
Mocha Frappuccino

I’ve made all of those in June, most recently frozen piña coladas, but I didn’t grab a photo of that.  Instead, here’s a photo from a few days ago when I was using both my <a title="Vitamix 7500 arrived! Uploading an unboxing video as I type this." Vitamix and Blendtec to make both the Matcha Milk Frappachino and whipped cream at the same time.

Making Matcha Cream Frappachino in my Vitamix 7500 at the same time as making whipped cream in my Blendtec Designer Series.

Making Matcha Cream Frappuchino in my Vitamix 7500 at the same time as making whipped cream in my Blendtec Designer Series.  Complete overkill, but it was fun using both blenders at once.

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Matcha Milk Frozen Drink (★★★★★)

I’ve always been a big fan of Starbucks’ Matcha Cream Frappuccino, which is made way too sweet in the states, but if you order it in Japan or order it in the states with one less squirt of syrup (regular size), it’s phenomenal.  We just met up with a friend from Japan who allowed us to order things online that they brought to the states for us, and a big jar of matcha tea was one of the items we ordered, so I figured I’d try to create my own matcha cream frozen drink, and it’s as brain dead easy as I thought it would be:

Matcha Milk Frozen Drink (★★★★)
Ice, matcha, milk and sugar taste great together

Matcha
Milk
Sugar
Stevia (optional)
Ice

Put everything but the ice into the blender and get the mix you want and ensure the sugar is disolved.  I put just under a tablespoon of matcha, 12oz of milk and a mix of sugar and stevia that was probably about a tablespoon into my Blendtec Designer Series.  Hit the milkshake button and let it mix, taste and then add a lot of ice and run the milkshake cycle again.

The drink can obviously be sweetened and matcha added to meet people’s personal preferences.  Stevia is a plant and so it’s sweetness goes better with matcha than most other things, which is why I was happy to use a combination of sugar and stevia to sweeten the drink instead of just sugar.

As for the blender, I used my Blendtec Designer Series instead of my Vitamix because I’ve been using my Blendtec a lot lately for ice, water and powered Super VAAM, a zero calorie powered sports drink from Japan.  If you’re just mixing ice, water and powder, the Blendtec does make it easy to press a button and walk away, and this recipe is almost that simple, so I decided to try the Blendtec instead of the Vitamix, and it worked very well.

Homemade Grapefruit Polar Cup (★★★★☆)

I decided to try to put a new spin on my Homemade Grown-up Polar Cup by using a grapefruit instead of two lemons.  The results were very good, and I definitely think some people would prefer the grapefruit version, although I think the grapefruit zest leaves a longer, slightly less pleasant aftertaste.

Homemade Grapefruit Polar Cup (★★★★☆)
I don’t know whether to describe this as a loose italian ice, thick frozen beverage you eat with a spoon or what polar cups would taste like if they were made for adults instead of kids using fresh fruit, but it is all of those things, and it is very good.

1 grapefruit (both zest and juice)
stevia
sugar
ice

Use a bread knife or other serrated knife to take just the outermost layer of the grapefruit rind, putting the zest into the blender.  Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit into a bowl so that you can remove any seeds from the juice and pulp before putting the juice and pulp into the blender along with the grapefruit zest.  Add two packets of stevia sweetener and an equal amount of sugar.  (Because the grapefruit is sweeter than the lemon, less sugar is needed than the lemon based version) Add a glass of ice and blend until well mixed.  Add ice gradually for the desired consistency, and additional sweetener to taste. (Unlike the lemon version, no water is needed, as the grapefruit juice is not as potent as the lemon juice.) Pulse blend on high with the tamper to insure no ice chunks remain.

Very simple to make, very good. As with the lemon based version of this, I think the zest is the difference.

Homemade Grown-up Polar Cup (★★★★★)

To celebrate this blog getting 25,000 hits, I decided to try to make something new this weekend.  In fact, it turned into a very busy weekend for the blender, as I made Frozen Mocha Frappuccino, peanut butter and chocolate milk shakes on Saturday, and Falafels (new!) with Yogurt Herb Sauce (new!) and Black Bean Burger Patties (also new!) on Sunday.  But while those three will also all see their recipes shared in the near future, the recipe that really pleasantly surprised me tonight was something I tried on a whim that worked out really well.

After picking up a whole bag of lemons for a recipe that only needed one (Yogurt Herb Sauce for my Falafels), I decided to try to make a lemonade similar to the Newman’s Own diet lemonade that we get.  It’s really good, and it’s made with real sugar and stevia as it’s sweeteners.  That mix of sweeteners works really well in the lemonade, which is what got me to try it in my own creation.

Homemade Grown-up Polar Cup (★★★★★)
I don’t know whether to describe this as a loose italian ice, thick frozen beverage or what polar cups would taste like if they were made for adults instead of kids, but it is all of those things, and it is very good.

2 lemons (both zest and juice)
stevia
sugar
ice/water

Use a bread knife or other serrated knife to take just the outermost layer of the lemon rind, putting the zest into the blender.  Squeeze the juice from both lemons into the blender, taking care not to allow any seeds into the blender.  Add three packets of stevia sweetener and an equal amount of sugar.  (four if the lemons are large)  Add a glass of ice and blend until the mixture is too icy to blend.  Add a bit of ice and water for the desired consistency, and additional sweetener to taste.   Pulse blend on high with the tamper to insure no ice chunks remain.

Very simple to make, very good. The zest is the difference, as I’ve definitely done variations of this before with just lemon juice, and it does not have the same level of flavor that the addition of zest gives it.  I’ve got three more lemons in the fridge and will probably be making this again this week.

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