Summertime and fruit shakes go together like cupcakes and frosting. Sure, you can enjoy the former without the latter – but where’s the fun in that? Since the Philippines is a haven of tropical produce during this season, you may as well take advantage. Experiment with as many new fruit shake recipes as you can handle.
Here’s a tip if you’re on a tight budget: don’t ignore your supermarket’s freezer section. Frozen fruits are more affordable than fresh, and you can use ice cream or yogurt instead of ice to make your drinks creamier. And if you have storage space to spare, you can even freeze in-season fruits and save them for later. Now you’ll have a near-endless supply of ingredients to make smoothies with!
7 Fruit Shakes to Enjoy All Summer Long
There’s a fun fruit shake idea here for every day of the week. Which one are you craving?
1. Alcohol-free piña colada
If you like piña coladas but loathe the hangovers that come with them, you can always make a non-alcoholic version. The classic cocktail calls for coconut cream, pineapple juice, ice, and rum. You can also use frozen pineapples for a more pronounced tanginess. Skip the liquor, and you can drink it whenever you want. It tastes like a beachy paradise in every sip!
2. Frozen lemonade
What’s better than ice-cold lemonade on a hot summer’s day? A melt-in-your-mouth lemon slushie, that’s what! It requires all the same ingredients as a basic lemonade – fresh lemon juice, sugar, and ice – except everything blends until smooth. The final drink should have the consistency of a smooth sorbet. Play around with complementary fruits, like strawberries and raspberries, to keep your lemonade concoctions exciting.
3. Tropical fruit smoothie
Here’s a drink that’s as vibrant and eye-catching as it is refreshing! Dragon fruit smoothies are rich in antioxidants and other immunity-boosting nutrients, making them great for active summers. Despite their hot pink hue, dragon fruits tend to have a mild flavor. You can pair them with mangoes, bananas, and other tropical fruits for a bolder, tastier shake.
4. Mixed berries
The golden trio of raspberries, blueberries, and bananas is one of the best fruit combinations for shakes. Together, they’re a good balance of sweet and tart – plus, they offer a healthy serving of fiber. Bananas can make any drink creamy (yes, it’s a berry!), but Greek yogurt takes it to the next level. Bonus points for the added protein and probiotics!
5. Strawberry shortcake
Why eat a strawberry shortcake when you can drink it? This indulgent treat combines two childhood favorites in one: cakes and milkshakes. To make it, blend Selecta Super Thick Strawberry Ice Cream, milk, and crumbled pound cake until homogenous. Top with whipped cream, toasted cake crumbs, and fresh berries.
6. Chunky Monkey
“Chunky Monkey” has become shorthand for anything that combines chocolate, banana, and nuts into one satisfying dessert. There are Chunky Monkey brownies, cupcakes, parfaits, and more – but none are as easy to whip up as a milkshake. To recreate this iconic flavor, you’ll only need chocolate ice cream, frozen bananas, milk or water, and crushed nuts. Tip: if you want more of that nuttiness to come through, add a spoonful of peanut butter.
7. Avocado shake
A list of must-drink fresh fruit shakes wouldn’t be complete without an avocado entry. Most Filipinos grew up having “avocado on ice” and “avocado ice candy” for merienda to get through the sweltering heat. You can make a variety of local desserts with ripe avocados, condensed milk, and ice. Of course, the easiest one is a classic avocado shake: throw the ingredients in a blender, blitz, and serve!
There’s no need to spend hundreds of pesos every time you crave a fruit shake. A good-quality blender may cost a hefty sum upfront, but it’ll save you a ton when you start making smoothies at home. Invest in one if you haven’t already, pick out your favorite fruits, and shake it up.