All posts tagged: smoothie

Basil Cantaloupe Lemonade | Sweet & Sorrel

Cantaloupe Basil Lemonade

Hi there, Today’s post is coming a day early because I am traveling tomorrow and because this Cantaloupe Basil Lemonade is too good not to share right away! This refreshing freshly made juice is absurdly easy to make, good for you, and is a perfect way to stay cool in this summer heat! The Caribbean connection here is actually not to the ingredients, but to the process of making fresh juices. My mom and I often make juices together from scratch. I think the first one we ever made together was carrot juice. It is a labor intensive process and I would assist with cleaning, peeling, and chopping all the carrots. My mom would then blend the carrots with water and painstakingly strain the mixture until it became carrot juice. Then, she would flavor the juice with condensed milk (she would always leave some milk over so I could eat it!) and allow it to chill. I don’t know if she learned the recipe from her mother, but it will always be a memory (and …

Mango Papaya Smoothie | Sweet & Sorrel

Tropical Mango Papaya Smoothie

Summertime is by far my favorite time of year. So, its not by chance that I decided to start this blog during the summer. After all, this is the time when fruits are at their peak, making it a perfect time for this Mango Papaya Smoothie! This smoothie brings back memories of me picking mangoes from the mango tree in the yard of my childhood home in Jamaica. And it also involves one of my mom’s favorite fruits, the papaya. It’s a bit hard to describe a papaya to someone who has never had it before. It looks like a really large Caribbean avocado (in Jamaica we call avocados “pear”). When ripe, the inside of the papaya turns a vibrant orange color, and is filled with lots of small, black seeds (don’t eat them!). A ripe Caribbean papaya is sweet, juicy, and ooh soo GOOD! And bonus, papayas are filled with Vitamin C and other antioxidants. Don’t you just love it when things that are tasty are also good for you?!If you can’t find fresh …