There is an expression I dread to hear: “I’m over edge.” When Suzen says that, there is the threat of a tornado, flooding, or quake. Probably simultaneously.
After a recent stressful event here, she looked at me and said, “I need a drink.”
“Mojito?” I suggested her favorite.
“No.” She said.
“No.” She said it louder.
Her next sentence was going to be that dreaded, “I’m over the edge.”
“You want something different,” I said, cutting her off.
She nodded yes.
“Go to the front room,” I suggested, hoping to get her out of the kitchen. I opened the refrigerator, found some goodies, and created this super smoothie margarita chock full of fruit flavors.
I gave her a glassful. “Yum,” she said.
You can make this with just the blackberries and have a good drink, but the banana here adds a flavor layer that is obvious and delicious. It makes the drink a bit more viscous. You’ll want to balance the berry/banana flavor here, and you may need a bit more sugar syrup depending on the ripeness of your fruit.
Blackberry Banana Margarita
Yield: 1 full blender, probably 6 drinks
- ½ cup white tequila
- ½ cup orange liquor
- ½ cup lime juice
- ½ cup simple sugar syrup
- 1 pint of blackberries
- 1 large, ripe banana
Put everything in the blender and process until the berries and banana are smooth. Then add enough ice to fill the blender to the top. Process until the ice is pulverized and you have a smooth consistency. Serve into chilled glasses, top with a whole blackberry.
Source: Brian O’Rourke
To be fair, it was my fault. To be honest, he should have known better.
Most evenings my kitchen is filled with 20 or more people cooking a meal together. Cooking by the Book is a leader in culinary team building, so we have firms from around the world coming to learn and laugh and dine. Now, for that many people, I don’t shop. I order. And the orders arrive in the morning for that night’s meal.
I time the orders to arrive when I am here. And on Friday, they were to come after 10AM — because I was at the gym. [Once you find a great spinning instructor, life determines new priorities!]
It was only 9AM, the buzzer rang, the food delivery arrived, and only my husband Brian was here. I had ordered a, that is one, pineapple. He accepted delivery of a case of pineapples. A case.
“I’ll make it up to you,” he apologized.
“How are you going to do that?” I asked.
“One pineapple at a time,” he said. There was confidence in his voice and a bottle of 99 proof banana liquor in his hand. Clearly, he intended to drug me into calmness.
He succeeded. This drink is really not too boozy, although you can control that to your pleasure. This frozen beverage is thick, flavorful and quite capable of decreasing your anxiety. One pineapple at a time.
Brian’s Frozen Banana Pineapple Calmer
Yield: drinks for 4
- 2 ripe [but not overripe] bananas, sliced
- 1 cup freshly diced pineapple [about ¼ of a whole pineapple]
- ½ cup sugar syrup
- ½ cup banana liquor [or simply use rum]
- 2 cups of medium size ice cubes
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process for 1-2 minutes. Add ice to achieve the thickness you desire.
You can start with less sugar syrup and adjust to your taste. The driver here is the bananas: no matter how yellow, they can demand more or less sweetness to complete the beverage.
Source Brian O’Rourke