It’s about a million degrees in Oaxaca, Mexico today.
I caught some kind of cold that has my head stuffed up and my throat on fire.
In my foggy headed state, I forgot to put my precious zip-lock bag of ice back in the freezer, and so…no ice water to soothe my sore throat.
I say precious bag of ice, because the apartment I am renting comes with one of those small refrigerators with a compartment inside for keep a few things frozen. So I make fresh ice every day with the mini ice cube trays.
There is a lady on my street who sets up a little table and sells cut up mango, pineapple, papaya, and…my favorite: peeled red grapefruit slices. The other day I got exuberant and bought way to much for my morning green smoothies, so I stuck some of the pineapple in the freezer.
That really came in handy today, with the ice debacle. The only thing that feels good to eat right now are icy juicy things. Even a green smoothie feels too heavy.
So I’ve been whipping up these beauties pictured above (apparently I’m not too sick to do a photo shoot of my beverages).
Here’s my recipe:
Throw a handful of frozen pineapple chunks in the blender.
Add water to cover.
Blend until really slushy.
That’s it! You can do this with any juicy fruit.
But what is making my drink pink, you ask?
I keep a pitcher of water in the fridge with Hibiscus blossoms floating in it. Here in Mexico, this is a really popular item at markets, sold as jamaica, and you’ll see bright red waters in big glass jugs called Agua de Jamaica.
The jamaica blossoms are really high in vitamin C and have a tart flavor, a little bit like cranberry juice but milder. Most people prefer in sweetened, but I like the tartness. Plus, I’m trying to stay away from sugar.
I poured a little jamaica water over the pineapple slushie and it made a very pretty cocktail. Speaking of cocktails, you could you add a little rum or vodka or tequila to your beverage if that’s what you fancy.
If you want to sweeten your drink, I would recommend adding a few frozen red or purple grapes to the blender, or a little agave, or whatever sweetener you prefer.
I was telling my sister Lori about this drink last night, and she thought it would be a good way to sneak some extra fruit servings into her kids’ diet. Especially if you put it in a bright cup with a silly straw. Remember silly straws?
I’m excited to try this now with frozen watermelon. Or maybe some tall frappes with different colors of fruit layered in the glass. But for now, I’m going back to bed to rest and write and wait for my head to clear.
If you have any yummy fruit smoothie recipies, feel free to share here.