So far, making a smoothie without a recipe is as easy as I’d hoped. Throw in some fruit, some combination of ice and water, blend, then sweeten to taste. So here’s the first drink I made with the Vitamix:
Strawberry Ginger Lemonade
- Three whole lemons, peeled
- Five strawberries, hulled
- About an inch of ginger, grated
- 1 cup water
- 3 cups (a little more than a tray) ice
- 1/2 cup sugar
First, blend fruit, ginger and water, to be sure the lemon seeds are pulverized. Then add ice, blend again. Then sweeten to taste. About a 1/2 cup of sugar worked for me. This made about 4 tall glasses for us.
To make this in a conventional blender, slice the lemon into eighths, and remove the seeds. Also consider slicing the strawberries.
I’ve heard people suggest throwing a piece of ginger into a high-powered blender, rather than grating it. I tried this once, but found that it added a stringy texture that I didn’t like. Maybe I just didn’t blend it enough.