Licuados are a popular Latin American drink made by blending fruit, milk and ice. A fresh and light drink perfect for using up ripe fruit including bananas, strawberries, peaches and more.
Unless you’ve read my About Page, you probably didn’t know my father spent a year attending college in Mexico where he became fluent in Spanish. Of course, this is also where he gained an affinity towards authentic Mexican cuisine which I am happy to say I have inherited. My husband? Not so much…. but that’s neither here nor there.
When my friends at UDIM asked me to share a summertime dairy recipe, I knew right away that it was time to tell you about my childhood dessert of choice: the Banana Licuado. Commonly sold by street vendors, the licuado is a blended drink made-to-order with fruit, milk, ice and sugar. It differs from agua frescas which are sold pre-made in pitchers and made with fruit juice. Unlike the classic American smoothie, licuados are made with milk instead of yogurt. Who knew?
My mom made licuados for me and my sisters quite often when we were growing up. They were probably one of the first recipes I started making on my own once I could reach the blender. Cool, frothy and refreshing, licuados are the ideal healthy afternoon snack or dessert. Banana is our favorite flavor but you can also use strawberries, peaches, cantaloupe and more. The key is to use the sweetest, most ripe fruit you can find for maximum flavor.
Your straw is waiting.
- 2 cups milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- several handfuls of ice
- nutmeg - optional garnish
- Place milk, banana, sugar and ice in a high speed blender and pulse until smooth.
- Pour in glasses and sprinkle with nutmeg before serving.
Depending on the sweetness of fruit, you may need more or less sugar.
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