An old favourite re-invented: Green Pina Colada Smoothie gets its colour from a good handful of spinach leaves, which makes it taste irresistibly fresh.I used to be a cocktail girl.
Whenever I went out, I would work my way through the cocktail menu, always trying something different. From Sex on the Beach to Pornstar Martini – the more outrageous the name, the better. So much fun to order those at the bar!
I had a sophisticated phase (such as Cosmopolitan, sleek and so Sex in the City), a naughty phase (see above) and a Brazil rebound phase (Caipirinha, after an amazing trip to Rio).
And then there was one which started it all. Let’s call it the Hula Hula phase. Big glasses of tropical fruit mixed with a lethal combination of spirits that you had to hold with both hands. They would be decorated with little umbrellas, maraschino cherries and copious pieces of fruit that would tickle your nose when you take a sip. A meal in a glass that would begin all harmless and sweet and (conversation: “Can you taste the rum? I can’t taste it at all.” “Me neither. Maybe they forgot about it?” “Look how thirsty I was. It’s empty already!”) and suddenly deliver a blow to the head (conversation goes something like this: “Let’s dance!”)
Friends, there is one single cocktail that is the dearest to my heart, the most classic of the cocktail classics ever. It is the fairy godmother of all cocktails: the Pina Colada.
I have grown up to prefer wine – champagne if the situation calls for a glass – or, to be honest, a nice hot mug of peppermint tea. But now I have finally found a way to re-introduce the Pina Colada into my diet; in a new incarnation as Green Pina Colada Smoothie! And how excited am I! This is almost as good as going to Rio. The first time round! And it’s the Carnival!
We all like a smoothie in this house, but I have to say, the Green Pina Colada Smoothie is right up there at the very top of the list. It gets its
- sweetness from a ripe banana
- tropical zing from pineapple
- holiday feeling from coconut milk
- freshness from a good handful of spinach
Four ingredients, one minute of blending. Some things are so easy and quick it’s hard to believe they can be this good. But they are!
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 2 slices of fresh pineapple, cored and cut into cubes
- 2 cups of coconut milk (make sure it contains no added sugar)
- 1 large handful of spinach
- optional: ice cubes
- Just blend until nice and smooth!
- Tip: I never throw away bananas - if they are super-ripe, just chop and freeze them. For some reason, frozen bananas taste even creamier and better in smoothies than fresh ones. If someone can explain why, let me know!