Branden’s Favorite Blender Concoctions

Branden Lee is a blogger, screenwriter, producer, and actor, currently residing in Boston, MA. Follow Branden on Twitter @Brandeness  and check out his blog 

I may not know my way around the kitchen or be getting my own cooking show anytime soon, but I am an expert when it comes to the blender. Here are some recipes for some of my favorite drinks. They’re quick, easy, and can be completed in seconds, well not including the time it takes to shop for ingredients, but those are easy to find.

1. Pina Coladas

pina colada

Pina Coladas are my absolute favorite drink! They’re delicious alcoholic or not. Plus I think they’re great for the skin, not scientifically proven, but personally I find them to be fantastic for my skin. Which is usually flawless.

Ingredients: Malibu coconut flavored rum, pineapple chunks, 1 ripe banana, and Ice.

I only enjoy cocktails where I can taste the alcohol, so I tend to be generous when pouring into the pitcher. But all measurements of ingredients depends on one’s own personal taste. Use as much ice as you want, depending on if you prefer your drink to be more of slushie or not. Place all ingredients into the blender, it’s best to put the liquids on the bottom so they’re closer to the blades. Putting ice near the blade makes it more difficult to blend. Cease blending once all ice has been crushed and all solid ingredients are now liquid.

Pour into glass, place whipped cream and maraschino cherries on top, and then enjoy!

2. Strawberry Daiquiris

strawberry

Ingredients: Any flavored rum (personally I prefer Bacardi brands), strawberries, 1 ripe banana, and ice.

Directions are basically the same as a Pina Colada. Make sure the strawberries are ripe, along with the banana. There’s nothing worse than putting an unripened fruit into a blend. It gives the whole drink a sour taste and can ruin the drink. Well if that is the case just pour more alcohol into it, that should hopefully be able to salvage it. Never let alcohol go to waste!

3. Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothies

banana smoothie

A Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie isn’t an alcoholic drink, but perfect for breakfast, especially when on the go.

Ingredients: A ripe banana, peanut butter, milk, ice

Place all ingredients into the blender, milk on the bottom, and blend! Personally I prefer vanilla flavored almond milk, but any type of milk, whatever your preference, should be fine. Measurement wise, I like to fill the blender 1/3 the way with milk. Peanut butter naturally has a strong taste, so it’s not necessary to use a lot. The recommended serving size is 2 tablespoons, but I just use 2 knife servings, but I’m a generous server. As a special ingredient I like to throw in a dash of Nutella. It doesn’t provide a noticeable taste, but everything is better with Nutella.

Blend until all ice has been dissolved, and enjoy!

I love frozen drinks all year long. I only enjoy warm drinks if I’m cold or feeling ill, so these recipes are perfect for whenever. But also since warm weather is approaching, it’s the perfect time to break out the blender and enjoy a frozen cocktail or breakfast smoothie.

Bon appetite!

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Branden Lee is a blogger, screenwriter, producer, and actor. Branden studied Communications at Northeastern University while minoring in Production. Branden's writing has appeared on Thought Catalog, The New Gay, Examiner, and he's currently a celebrity gossip contributor for Wish I Didn't Know.

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