Sunday, July 04, 2010

Tall Berry Freeze

Heat wave, we're havin' a heat wave! But not as hot as some areas where family live, so I'm thankful for the late afternoon or evening breezes that cool things off at night and for the low humidity, too.

Still, it's warm enough to enjoy tall, frosty drinks. Grandma L joined us today for a 4th of July family meal and I made her a favorite drink...iced coffee with lots of ice and half and half.

Another favorite around here are smoothies. I like mine without banana added but most everyone else likes to add the bananas. Since this is berry season and there were leftovers from the sourdough waffles with berries and whipped cream that were a hit at our meal, it was easy to make a nice tall berry freeze beverage. The berry mixture included fresh ollaberries, blueberries, red raspberries and strawberries.

In a blender place about two cups of ice cubes, a cup or so of mixed berries, a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream, a cup of milk, and 1/2 cup of yogurt for some tang to offset the berries. Since these were dead ripe berries they were plenty sweet. If yours are less sweet, you may need to add some sugar.

Blend on high until everything is mixed and you get a nice, thick frozen beverage. Sure does cool things off!


  1. Anonymous11:18 PM

    Thank you! Everything was wonderful, especially the company! The berries were SO good! How clever to make the leftovers into a nice chilled drink. We returned home to find that it had gotten to 101 degrees today.
    Love and hugs, Natasha

  2. Perfect way to beat the heat. A sweet treat without even turning on the oven. Mmmmmm....

  3. Nice combo of berries. I bet this drink was scrumptious and refreshing!

  4. Mmm, that looks good. And just the thing right now, Elle. (31.9C on my desktop thermometer) I'll have mine without bananas please. (Must look up "ollaberries")


  5. Its a heat wave here EVERY Day Elle!! My kids would really love this as would I.

  6. I'll pass on the bananas as well - why ruin the taste of all those lovely berries?
    Berries are not common here but... Something new at the supermarket the other day: frozen berries! For the first time (frozen fruit was non-existant befor) I'm so excited I bought 4 bags!

  7. Really a very sweet treat....Yummy...

  8. I could use one of those now to make it through the heat.
    Not so sure about bananas (maybe it's like using duck feet in Chinese cooking; it's all about texture,not flavour), but vanilla ice cream sounds like a great ingredient.