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Happy Hour Smoothie: Strawberry Balsamic Smoothie with Rum

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You know what’s the bestest thing about spring?


Fresh, local strawberries will be here soon. I love the berries that our Ohio Valley farmers grow. They’re the perfect size — not frankenstein gargantuan like you find at the grocery — and you slice them open and they’re blood red inside (not white), and so juicy that you’re immediately regretful that you didn’t change out of your white shirt before going at the entire quart with a knife.

Spring is the only time of year when strawberries are so nomlicious that they sell out at the farmers’ market within the first half hour. Standing in line, gripped in a fever of berry greed, you buy waaahaay more than you need, and so the next few days become a panic of creative cookery, plotting to use up every last morsel before they collapse on their sugary selves.

My annual rite of spring dessert is the ubiquitous strawberry shortcake. As a topping, I macerate extra sliced strawberries in an elixir of balsamic vinegar, vanilla, and sugar, and spoon the whole concoction over the best vanilla bean ice cream I can find, which sits on top of homemade shortcakes kissed with orange zest.

That’s on the menu this spring, fo’ shizz, but the strawberry-balsamic combo is so amazing that it shouldn’t be reserved for that single purpose. And so, the strawberry balsamic smoothie. Make that, spiked strawberry balsamic smoothie.

Strawberry Balsamic Smoothie with Rum from

Have you noticed that happy hour takes on an entirely different dimension when summer arrives? The end-of-a-long-day refreshment — spiked or not — becomes not just a relaxing wind-down, but also something that cools you off, inside and out. In Cincinnati, we have plenty of evening party-in-the-park events, and no where will you find someone sipping a hot toddy.

Cold and icy, peeps. Cold and icy.

As a change up from beer or cocktails, I present the creamy, fruity smoothie, flavored with balsamic-soaked strawberries and spiked with that tropical mainstay, rum, with just enough vanilla to bring it all together. (And if you’re like me and can’t resist greening up your smoothies, you can even toss in a small palmful of spinach leaves, stems removed. No one will know the difference.)

Easy sipping, cold and refreshing.

I can’t wait for strawberry season!

Karen xo


Strawberry Balsamic Smoothie with Rum
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Happy Hour: Strawberry Balsamic Smoothie with Rum

The small amount of frozen banana makes it super creamy without adding banana flavor. Enough one ginormous drink, or two 10 ounce servings - easy to scale up.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Karen Gibson


  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 heaping teaspoons sugar I use raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries 7 or 8 medium strawberries
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk about 5 ounces
  • 1/4 cup Greek or coconut yogurt plain or vanilla, your choice
  • 1 three-inch piece of a medium/large frozen banana peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 shot of rum 1 1/2 ounces - more or less to suit your tastes


  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk the vinegar and sugar until combined. Add the strawberries, spooning the vinegar solution over the strawberries. Let macerate for at least an hour (if possible).
  • Add the macerated strawberries (and juices), coconut milk, yogurt, bananas, ice, and rum to a blender. Puree until the strawberries are smooth. Serve with a pretty sprig of mint, if desired.
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.
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Carol at Wild Goose Tea

Saturday 17th of May 2014

You are bad bad bad. And I am lovin' it. Wow, what an out of sight idea. It is just the type of reward that will make me mow my lawn FAST. Smiles


Sunday 18th of May 2014

Sometimes, it's so good to be bad. :)

phyllis ryan

Friday 16th of May 2014

On vacation but I am pinning this for my return home. Nothing better in the spring. Since blackberries are wild near my house I may throw in a handfull.


Friday 16th of May 2014

Oh my gosh, Phyllis, that sounds amazing! (And enjoy your vacay!)

Rocky Mountain Woman

Friday 16th of May 2014

Perfect! I was just getting ready to leave the office and thought I'd stop by here to see what you were up to. I am heading to the market where I know there are some gorgeous strawberries and it's been a long week. I think this drink with popcorn and a movie is dinner tonight!

Happy weekend,



Friday 16th of May 2014

I'm totally stealing that idea, Rocky!