Never underestimate the power of a man and his blender…

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September 6, 2005, 7:41 PM

Today was interesting. After work, I attempted to recreate one of my favorite Mr. Smoothie drinks, the Lemonade Limeade Freeze, at home.

How was it, you ask? Tart. I did it just like I’d seen the people do at Pentagon City time and time again. Juice from lemons and limes, ice, sugar, and water. However, I’m guessing that the “water” isn’t just water, but really some sort of special Mr. Smoothie concoction that’s a trade secret (which I am of course not privy to).

So I went in the kitchen and tried it, adjusting to taste. To save some trouble, instead of squeezing real lemons and limes, I cheated and bought the juice in a bottle. So I mixed it all up, first in a glass, and then in the blender. Juice in the glass. Add water. Throw that in the blender. So far so good. Next I added the sugar directly to the mix already in the blender. Okay. Next, I went to the refrigerator, set the ice dispenser to “crushed”, and got a big cup full of crushed ice. Since it looked too “wet” in there, I added some more. With me so far? So I have lemon juice, lime juice, water, sugar, and crushed ice in the blender.

And now, the moment of truth. I put the lid on the blender, turned it on, and… nothing happened. Looks like someone forgot to plug the blender in. So I plugged it in. And started it up. All that stuff got mixed up into something that looked like a smoothie. After it looked all nice and blended, I got a spoon and gave it a taste. Yaaak! Too sweet. The consistency, however, was pretty good. So I added more lemon and lime to the mix, stirred it for a second, then fired up the blender. The verdict? A little more tart than I wanted, but passable. Besides, the longer I fiddled with it, the more smoothie I would have, and I was already over the amount I wanted. The texture of it was also a bit rougher, as this blender did a good job, but not a great job.

All in all, in the end, the smoothie more closely resembled a frozen margarita in appearance than a fruit smoothie. All I needed was the salt around the edge of the glass. Still, I was quite pleased with myself, though I doubt I’ll try this experiment again. All in all, though, it was a nice, refreshing drink, though it’s a little tart.

Web site: Wikipedia article on smoothies

Song: A Christmas Carol by Tom Lehrer. I actually sang this after work on the dancing skeleton that we have in the store.

Quote: "Yaak! Sweet!" - Me after tasting the initial results, before making adjustments

Categories: Food and drink