Cherries, Blueberries, Strawberries…YUM!!! We have all of them in the height of the season right now, so what better way to take advantage of this gorgeous summer bounty than in a dreamy, creamy, slushy refreshing cocktail. Let’s get right to it…
In Your Blender:
- Crushed Ice – about a cup
- Handful each- Fresh Strawberries, Blueberries and Cherries (I used Rainier Cherries - PITTED, of course)
- 1 Cup Whipped Cream Vodka – I used Pinnacle Brand (whipped cream vodka?? that is just genius whoever thought that one up!! Thank you!)
- Fresh Lime Juice – one whole lime
- Big Splash of Whipping Cream
- Vanilla Sugar – about 2 tablespoons – see recipe below *
*Vanilla Sugar: One vanilla bean and about a cup of sugar. Run though your food processor until super fine. The vanilla bean will look like little brown specs and will add a floral scent and flavor to the sugar.
Add the crushed ice to your blender. Cut the strawberries in half and pit your Cherries. Add all the fruit. Pour the vodka over the top and sprinkle in the vanilla sugar. Squeeze the lime and add the splash of cream. Again…no real exact measurements here…it’s really up to you and your “taste”.
Now it’s time to whip it all up!!! Blend Away…
The most important step to take when making this drink – STRAIN OUT THE SEEDS. Now, I like the earthy texture that fruit seeds add to a morning smoothy…it’s not a bad thing…but for this drink, I feel it’s best to strain out those seeds to make sure the drink is silky smooth. It really makes it more luxurious.
Once strained, place the mixture in the freezer to get really cold. Stir occasionally. As always, chill your glasses. Right before serving, give the mixture a quick whirl in your blender once again.
This drink is delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day, or as a cool dessert after a nice summer meal. Enjoy the bounty of the season!!!
To Make It Virgin: Make a Vanilla Simple Syrup in place of the Vodka
To Make It Special: Garnish with a few fresh Strawberries and Blueberries dipped in vanilla sugar. OR, rim your glasses with vanilla sugar to make them glisten. OR , Top with a spoonful of fresh sweet whipped cream to make it more like a dessert.