On Sunday my boyfriend and I were kind of having a lazy morning and opted to skip the gym. The weather around here was really awesome over the weekend too which usually prompts me to want to actually leave the house and do something. So I suggested we head to Barnes and Noble and just wander around perusing the books and whatnot. We’re so funny and so much alike in being homebodies because after about an hour, we both looked at each other and we were like -ok let’s go home now. On the way out we decided to get some coffee at Starbucks. I tried their new smoked butterscotch latte. Oh my heavens. So good. My boyfriend ordered a mocha frappucino. He wasn’t even sure what he was ordering because he was surprised when it came frozen. But boy was he glad when he took the first sip. He let me have a taste and oh yeah. New addictions were born. One hot and one cold.
That mocha frappucino taste was the basis for my protein shake. The good thing about this protein shake is that if you don’t want to use protein powder, you can use regular cocoa powder. I also threw in half of a banana but you really can’t taste it. I use the banana as kind of a thickener. The caramel is a caramel coffee syrup. I used a sugar free version I found at Target. I made this shake after a killer afternoon leg workout and boy oh boy did it hit the spot.
Mocha caramel protein shake
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (or 1 TBL cocoa powder)
1/2 frozen banana
2 tsp caramel coffee syrup (sugar free optional)
1 cup brewed coffee, cooled (of course decaf works if you don’t want the caffeine)
Place all ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth.
A margarita for your Monday…..
I cannot tell a lie…this margarita is the bomb. And I also cannot tell a lie when I say it’s George Washington’s birthday and that is the inspiration for this cocktail today. The history books tell us that little George Washington chopped down a cherry tree. This is a myth but one that has prevailed for many, many years. When young George was asked by his father if he indeed did chop down a cherry tree, young George replied “I cannot tell a lie, I did chop down the cherry tree.” And the famous quote was born with the myth.
Whatever the case may be, I used this as an excuse to make a cherry margarita. I mean, who doesn’t love a good theme and a little story to go behind a really good cocktail. Especially a margarita. On a Monday. You get the idea, right?
Now I’m kind of a contradicting myself today because I’m always saying how I’m an on the rocks margarita drinker. Just the regular old “lime” flavor as some people call a regular margarita. I’m just not one for the flavored frozen margaritas. Then this past summer I made a frozen peach margarita and holy shitballs was it amazing. I literally can’t wait for peach season again because my peach pie is my favorite and now my peach margarita is a favorite. Not that I want to wish away the year though because peach season around my parts of the world isn’t until the end of July and through August. I’ll just patiently wait and dream a little. Anywho, this cherry margarita I made today is frozen so I’m back to contradicting myself again. But it is just so tasty and such a pretty bright magenta color too. What I like about it is that there isn’t sugar or simple syrup or even agave added to this cocktail. It’s just perfect with only the cherries which aren’t too sweet or sour or tart. The cherries I used are frozen dark sweet pitted cherries. And they were not frozen with any added sugar which I find happens a lot with frozen fruit. Like peaches. It’s a very refreshing taste and quite addicting. And you can’t drink it too fast or you’ll get a brain freeze. Maybe that’s why I don’t like my margarita’s frozen???
15-20 frozen dark sweet pitted cherries
2 oz white tequila
1 oz grand marnier
1/2 oz lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice. Blend well. Serve in glass rimmed with salt. Add a slice of lime to make it pretty.
Happy Birthday to George Washington and happy margarita Monday to us!!
I was not going to subject you to another frozen Friday drink BUT it’s still sunshiney gorgeous and over 80 degrees around here so just like Ms. Spears says…”oops, I did it again.” It’s going to be fall in 5 days people. I can’t take it. And while I love pumpkin everything and have a few autumny cocktails in mind, I still love summer sooooo much and couldn’t wait to make a frozen drink and sit in the sun with a good book. Are you with me on this? If your weather sucks and it’s cold where you’re at well then I’m so sorry to hear that. That of course doesn’t mean you still can’t make this frozen drink though. Celebrate with me anyway because it is still FRIDAY!
So this frozen drink doesn’t have a name. It’s sort of like a dirty monkey but I threw in some peanut butter because I really like peanut butter and banana milkshakes. Actually I used to always drink peanut butter and banana protein shakes after my workouts or in between clients back in the days when I was a personal trainer at a gym with a smoothie bar. So instead of being all healthy and cool, I added alcohol instead of protein powder. Maybe that makes me cooler? Haha.
Just throw it all in the blender.
Grab your book and your shades.
And find the sunshine.
Peanut butter, banana, and rum frozen drink
1 cup ice
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 tablespoon peanutbutter
1 1/2 oz rum
1 1/2 oz Kahlua
2 oz milk ( I use original almond milk)
chocolate syrup to swirl around inside of glass
Combine first 6 ingredients in a blender. Pour into chocolate swirled glass. Enjoy!