Guilt-Free Italian Cream Soda

Friday, July 16, 2010

When the sun is out in full-force and you want an icy drink, but you know that you just can't swing on in to one of those espresso stands, look into that adorable, tanned, 20-something barista's eyes and request a sugar-laden (or artificial-sweetener-filled) treat, then I have just the thing!

The Guilt-Free Italian Cream Soda

  • 1 cup Sparkling Mineral Water (with lime or lemon essence works well here too)
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk (check the ingredients for a 'carageenan-free' brand) - Large, isolated Asian Markets have THE BEST prices on cans of this!
  • 4 Frozen Strawberries (or equivalent amount of other type of berries or fruit)
  • 1 tsp Stevia *optional (add more or less, or some other 'sweetener')
  1. Place the coconut milk, berries and sweetener in a blender and blend.
  2. Fill a glass full of ice-cubes and pour the coconut milk/ berry blend over the ice and top with the mineral water.
  3. Stir and sip while out on your sun-drenched patio (or wherever you see fit)!
Let me know what you think and what your favorite flavor or variation is on this deliciously cool treat!

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