Beth Lipton

Read on for smoothie recipes that taste just like your favorite frosty libations, but are even better for you, since they're made without sugary drink mixes.

Beth Lipton
July 02, 2015

As the holiday weekend approaches and temperatures rise, are you looking forward to enjoying a frozen cocktail? Read on for smoothie recipes that taste just like your favorite frosty libations, but are even better for you, since they're made without sugary drink mixes. Bonus: We show you how to take them up a notch by spiking them with booze (just a little bit won't hurt!).

Banana Daiquiri

Serves: 2

2 large ripe bananas, sliced and frozen
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 cup coconut cream (look for a brand with few or no stabilizers, like Native Forest)
Pinch of salt
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Add water a little at a time if needed to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Spike it: Add 1 oz. of dark rum per smoothie before blending

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Strawberry Margarita

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Serves: 2

12 oz. frozen strawberries
Juice of 1 1/2 limes
2 Tbsp. raw honey
Pinch of salt

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Add water a little at a time if needed to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Spike it: Add 1 oz. tequila per smoothie before blending

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Pina Colada

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Serves: 1

1 ¼ cups fresh pineapple chunks
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup coconut cream
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 cup ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Add water a little at a time if needed to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Spike it: Add 1 oz. light or dark rum before blending

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Melon Ball

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Serves: 1

1 cup cantaloupe or honeydew chunks (or a combination)
¼ large Persian cucumber, cut into chunks (a heaping ½ cup)
2 Tbsp. coconut water
1 tsp. fresh mint leaves
1 Tbsp. raw honey
Pinch of salt
1 cup ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

Spike it: Add 1 oz. light rum or melon liqueur before blending

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Frozen Mudslide

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Serves: 2

½ cup raw cashews, soaked overnight in cold water
2 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen
2 Tbsp. raw cacao
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
½ cup cold coffee
Pinch of salt

Drain cashews and rinse with cool water. Place in a high-speed blender; cover with fresh cold water. Blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend.

Spike it: Add 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream or Kahlua to each smoothie before blending

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