Blending ripe raspberries up with super-creamy coconut milk ice cream and fresh ginger makes for a gorgeous, jewel-toned thick shake that isn't too heavy or sweet.
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Simple is better when it comes to perfectly ripe strawberries and the same definitely holds true for this shake. Rich mascarpone and vanilla bean help the berries shine.
This sweet, summery, and simple vegan smoothie is packed with fruit, nuts, and not much else, but it could definitely pass for dessert.
Refreshing and tangy, this lightly flavored juice will keep you happily hydrated on hot summer days.
A full-bodied, caramely limeade sweetened with panela.
Black peppercorns are totally transformed when steeped in a simple syrup. Here, in a simple limeade, fresh-squeezed lime juice brings out the bright citrusy notes of the pepper and adds a nice kick.
Blending chunks of watermelon and giving it a quick strain through cheesecloth yields a sweet liquid that is a perfect foil for tart lime juice.
The result of blending strawberries and cantaloupe with a quick thyme simple syrup is a surprisingly complex and really refreshing alcohol-free drink.
This horchata uses toasted coconut flakes to add richness and flavor.
Known as Agua de Flor de Jamaica or "hibiscus agua fresca" in the Americas, this drink is super-tart and the color is seriously stunning.
This is one of those deceptively simple recipes, passed down through friends of friends, that everyone adores. Once chilled, the juice is brisk and refreshing, with just a touch of sweetness.
In this no-alcohol libation, the rhubarb shrub mimics the flavor and intensity that alcohol would bring to a gimlet.
DIY orange soda delivers the same satisfying combination of sweet and tart you get from the commercial version, but mixed in with the familiar sharpness and prickly joy of orange soda is a new and exciting flavor I wasn't used to tasting in my soda—real oranges.
Boiled Coke with ginger and lemon started off as a popular cold remedy in Hong Kong, but now it's a popular anytime drink that's found at pretty much all Hong Kong diners. As a first-time, not sick drinker, I found it surprisingly pleasant. The cold and fizzy are gone, but you're left with sweet, spicy, a little tart, a smidge medicinal—all things that would feel restorative on a cold day or in a stream of warmth going down a sore throat.
This smoothie is inspired by Hoboken NJ's now long-defunct Frozen Monkey cafe, which used to make a similar shake with Tasti D Lite as a base.
This version of the regional specialty pairs kefir with store-bought frozen yogurt and dates for a satisfying not-too-sweet treat.
This smoothie is a mash-up of a lassi, the Indian yogurt drink, and the spicy mangoes sold by street vendors.
This take on a green smoothie is buttery and delicious thanks to ripe avocado.
This brightly colored juice is a sweet combination of beets, carrots, apples, clementines, and ginger.
This spirit-free cocktail from Rouge Tomate in NYC is a citrusy beta-carotene booster.