Smoothie Bar
Smoothie Bar

Smoothie Bar

  

August 20, 2016

This is a fun entertainment idea for your next backyard party. It provides cool and refreshing beverages and a sociable activity. Arrange a variety of ingredients, glasses, and mixers, and then invite guests to create their own smoothie. The results will be a delightful way to get your 3-A-Day of dairy and your fruit - great nutrition.

Ingredients

Yogurt, milk, buttermilk, cottage cheese

Bananas

Fruit, canned, fresh or frozen – peaches, apricots, cherries, etc.

Melons – cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, etc.

Berries, fresh or frozen – raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.

Dried fruit – plums, cranberries, raisins, apricots, etc.

Jam, jelly or preserves

Sweeteners – honey, brown sugar, chocolate or strawberry syrup

Seasoning – nutmeg, cinnamon, malt, Jello powder, instant pudding powder

Toppings – granola, cold cereal, chopped nuts, etc.

Garnishes – mint leaves, lemon/lime zest, lemon/lime slices, orange curls, cinnamon sticks

Crushed ice, optional

Directions

Chill all ingredients.

Not all smoothies need to be blended. Provide swizzle sticks, long handled soda spoons and tall glasses for the non-blenders. Since many smoothies require a blender, borrow blenders or ask guests to bring their blender along to the party. Set up a blending station.

Prepare fruit by seeding, pitting, peeling, hulling and cutting into chunks as needed. Dried fruit works best if re-hydrated. Follow package directions or combine equal portions of fruit and boiling water. Simmer covered 5 minutes, chill thoroughly.

Instant pudding will serve to thicken and flavor drink. Add between one teaspoon and a heaping tablespoon as needed. Jello will both flavor and sweeten the drink.

Garnishes. Prepare citrus curls by thinly cutting a long strip of lemon/lime/orange peel. Wrap the peel around a straw and freeze. Place bowls of mint springs, cinnamon sticks on table.

Instructions For Your Guest:
Begin by using approximately 1 cup of yogurt, milk, buttermilk or a combination in blender or glass. Add between 1/2 to 1 cup fruit. If using jam, jelly, or preserves only a few tablespoons to 1/4 cup will be needed. The jam acts as a cross between sweetener and fruit. Blend or stir until smooth. If drink is too thick, thin with a little milk. Sweeten and season to taste. Sprinkle with toppings, add a scoop of sherbet of ice cream as desired and garnish.

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