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.
Yogurt, milk, buttermilk, cottage cheese
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
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.