Berry Quik Drink, or, Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake

Getting sick during the summer is the worst, but it's somehow compounded when you have guests coming or a vacation planned... so the fact that Judson and I are passing a sore throat back and forth now is pretty yucky, but at least we have no company and no vacation plans anytime soon.

Judson came down with this illness first, and so I've been brainstorming cold things to make to soothe his aching throat, which is great because now I know all the recipes to send his way now that I'm sick. Just kidding!

Anyway, if you're sick, this is the perfect way to dose up on Vitamin C and soothe your throat with a nice cold snack. If you're not sick but you are hot, this is a great shake to sip while you dip your toes in the pool and soak up the sun. (Plus, if you're anything like me, being out in the sun makes me never want to eat again, so a cold, fruit-filled drink is just the ticket to make sure you keep your energy up for swimming.)

Variations on this not featured in the box but still delicious:

  • Make as per below, then pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
  • Add a shot of rum to the strawberries before blending.
  • Throw in whatever other fruit you have around-- cherries or bananas (or both!) would be amazing here! Like a banana split in a sippable drink!

Also, in case you, like us, do not have a blender but only a food processor, and you would like to make whipped cream to go on top of this, know that you can make whipped cream in a food processor, but it happens really fast so be careful or you'll just end up with butter. And so ends my useful lesson for the week.

The verdict:

5 spoons out of five. Judson was asking for another one before he had even finished his, and with only three ingredients there's really not a reason not to make these every day until the grocery store stops selling strawberries. Plus, these are the most adorable shade of pink, and if you have a cute straw to go in them, it would ABSOLUTELY brighten your day by at least 19%.

the recipe:

Strawberry Chocolate Milkshake

the directions:

Blend strawberries and milk until almost smooth in a food processor or blender.
Add chocolate syrup and stir or pulse to combine.
Pour into tall glasses and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Yields 3 large servings.

the ingredients:

10 oz strawberries, hulled and partially frozen
1 ½ c milk
4 tbsp chocolate syrup
Sprinkle of nutmeg