Sizzling Summer Recipes: Make the Most of Summer with These Blended Beverages
As summer heats up, one of the best devices to have in the kitchen is a blender. Nothing refreshes like perfectly blended beverages, whether they’re alcoholic or just plain delicious.
The Vitamix Blender is the perfect summer accessory, and it can help customers make drinks, soups, smoothies, and healthy meal options. To help Vitamix users get the most out of their purchase, here’s a list of the top sizzling summer recipes.
When it comes to blended summer beverages, a smoothie can be both refreshing and fulfilling. Plus, it’s easy to add more vitamins and nutrients by using fresh fruits and vegetables, so users can feel good about their creations. There are tons of smoothie recipes available, such as:
Tropical Paradise Smoothie
Nothing says “tropics,” like mango and pineapple, except maybe some coconut milk. Fortunately, all three ingredients are present in this smoothie, along with a pinch of lime juice to awaken the flavors and add some nuance to the beverage. Using frozen fruits can make the smoothie even more refreshing, particularly if enjoyed on a hot and humid summer day.
Most people don’t associate blenders with soup, but the Vitamix is nothing, if not versatile. Thick soups are just a few steps away, and users can incorporate a wide variety of ingredients for a layered and delicious dish.
Creamy Avocado Gazpacho
Gazpacho is usually a tomato-based soup, but who says avocados can’t add some depth and texture to the meal? This recipe is both decadent and healthy, with a mixture of avocados, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice, cilantro, and fresh vegetable broth.
By adding more avocados, the soup gets thicker and chunkier, making it perfect for dipping. Some users may also like to eat it with some freshly drizzled olive oil and herbs on top.
Refreshing Summer Drinks
Blenders and cocktails just go together, much like a tiny umbrella goes with a cherry garnish and an oversized cocktail glass. The Vitamix is perfect for making all kinds of refreshing drinks, both with and without alcohol.
Watermelon Agua Fresca
If you go to an authentic Mexican restaurant, you’ll see they have aguas frescas for sale. While mango, horchata, and Jamaica are the traditional options, watermelon is perfect for summer. In this case, all one has to do is blend big chunks of melon with lime juice and honey (or agave syrup).
Creamy Mango Lassi
A Lassi is an Indian yogurt-based beverage that is both hearty and refreshing. This recipe calls for ripe mangos, yogurt of your choice, milk, cardamom powder, and a drizzle of honey. Users just need to blend everything until the mixture is thin enough to drink.
Frozen Pina Colada
What are blended beverages without a pina colada? For those who don’t have a pre-made mix, they can simply blend pineapple chunks, coconut milk, ice cubes, and white rum in a Vitamix. More ice will make the drink slushier, while less ice will make it taste better overall.
Spreads and Dips
Snacking is a bit part of the summer experience, whether it’s with chips, pretzels, pita bread, or whatever else is in the pantry. A freshly-blended spread or dip is the perfect accompaniment, and a Vitamix blender allows users to make a vast number of different options.
Fresh Herb Pesto
Pesto is a thick and creamy ingredient that works well by itself as a dip or spread over pasta. This recipe calls for basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and parmesan cheese. Feel free to mix and match different ingredients to make the pesto more flavorful or robust. Dipping it with some French bread is an excellent way to taste-test the pesto before using it in a main dish.