Simple Strawberry Banana Shakes

Summertime and the ice cream is melting. Its fun to come up with new and creative things to do with plain old ice cream. Well, here’s a nice summer refresher with a kick that you can share with your summer-time friends. No, these shakes wont be showing up at McDonalds anytime soon

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 scoops strawberry ice cream
  • 1 quart of whole milk
  • 1 healthy squeeze of Quick Strawberry syrup
  • ¼ cup banana liquor

 

Put all of these ingredients into your blender. Spin it around until thick and creamy. There is no science to the measurements, mix it up in the proportions that please you. More ice cream makes thicker shakes. You could add a bit of heavy cream for more silkiness and body. You could up the liquor for more of a tropical kick. Serve in a nice tall glass with a smile!

strawberry_banana

 

Strawberries and Cream

Its time for the Wimbledon finals and that means that the stores have great sales on strawberries. Nice plump and juicy California strawberries. I picked them up from stop and shop for about two bucks a quart. I’ll be using a full quart of berries here.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon creme de fraise (strawberry liqueur)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

In a large bowl start whisking the cream until soft peaks start to form. Fold in the creme de fraise and sugar. Do not over whip the cream or you’ll start making butter! Just whip until peaks start to form and dollop out into serving cups. I use martini glasses for this, and top the freshly washed strawberries with the cream, and a sprig of mint garnish.

Wimbledon strawberries and cream with creme de fraise