Every Saturday morning, Kerrie and I go grocery shopping. We go to the greatest grocery store on planet Earth - Jungle Jim's. Thing is, I usually need coffee on Saturday mornings. Hell, I need coffee EVERY morning... And since there is a Starbucks in Jungle Jim's, I usually hit it up for a "tall" (WTF?) house coffee.
Kerrie, not a big coffee drinker anymore, found a nifty little treat in their Blackberry Green Tea Frappuccino. For those of you who just clicked the link, notice the lovely fluorescent green color. Not a color I find too appealing. Also, you'll notice Starbucks doesn't provide any ingredients for this delightful beverage. My original intention was to re-create this item at home without the fat, calories, and creepy green color while duplicating the flavor.
I found, with a minimum for work, a very good homebrew version of this drink.
First, I made a simple syrup with green tea. After that, everything else was simply a matter of portioning ingredients....
Fruit Smoothie Frappuccino
1/2 Cup Green Tea Simple Syrup
2 Cups Skim Milk
8 oz. container of low-fat fruit yogurt (In this instance, Blackberry)
Start by making the "green tea simple syrup". You will need 2-4 good quality green tea bags (hehehe - tea bag), 16 oz. of water, and 1 Lb. of sugar. Bring the water to a boil in a tea kettle. When the water is ready, pour into a glass measuring bowl to insure you still have a full 16 oz. of liquid. Add the green tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. When the tea is ready, remove the bags and pour the liquid into a sauce pan or stock pot with the 1 LB. of sugar. Stir regularly to get ALL of the sugar moistened. Bring to a boil, dissolving the sugar. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When finished, this will leave you with roughly 32 oz. of syrup - Plently for lots of smoothies that keeps quite well in a pitcher, refrigerated.
To make the smoothie, simply add the first three ingredients (in their designated portions) together in a blender, then blend with ice until frothy and frozen.
And there ya have it folks. The nice thing is that when you make one of these for yourself, you know EXACTLY what's going into it. That is, no weird colors or preservatives. Just my little contribution to the Food Baddie Universe...
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