Bright, sweet, and a little spicy, this Bangkok Smoothie has enough pep to transport you to the balmy streets of tropical Thailand.
Spring is officially less than two weeks away but you wouldn’t know it, as this winter has been awfully and unrelentingly cold here in New Jersey. Therefore, I whipped up this smoothie recipe to evoke a trip I took to Bangkok, Thailand, where I enjoyed the delicious cuisine, the friendly locals, and, of course, the tropical warm weather. Combining sweet pineapples with a little fresh ginger and typical Thai herbs, this smoothie is a refreshing and complex-tasting drink for those yearning for warmer days.
I am now in the routine of having at least one smoothie a day. Whether it’s a fruit/vegetable or milky smoothie, I don’t really follow any steadfast rules. I try to use whatever I have on hand and use my intuition as to what will taste good and what won’t. On most days, I usually throw an apple, some greens, some citrus, and some herbs into my Vitamix and blend away. It’s also a great way to use up any greens or fruits that are past their prime. This is one smoothie that I like to make over and over again.
- 2 cups pineapple (best if frozen beforehand)
- 2 cups coconut water
- 2 stalks lemongrass (tender centers only--about 2 teaspoons minced)
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- zest of a quarter of a lime
- ½ cup cilantro leaves
- ½ cup Thai basil leaves
- In the jar of a blender, combine the pineapple, coconut water, lemongrass, and lime zest with 4-5 ice cubes and blend on high until completely smooth.
- Toss in the cilantro and thai basil and pulse until they are blended into little bits, but not completely blended. I like to leave slightly larger bits of herbs because when you take a sip, you get little bursts of flavor when you chew on the herb pieces.
- Pour into glasses and serve.
-Don't throw away the tough outer stalks of the lemongrass! Bash them with the dull end of a knife and throw them into 2 cups of boiled water. Let it steep, preferably covered, for 10 minutes and you will have the most refreshing lemongrass tea.
If you liked this, you’ll also want to check out my Mumbai Smoothie!