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Refreshing summer fruit shakes. These three ingredient icy shakes are great!

Updated on May 21, 2007

Easy fruit shakes

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Easy fruit shakes

I've lived in Thailand for years, and if there's one thing that the Thai's know how to do well (actually, when it comes to food they do an awful lot of things well) it is use their great bounty of tropical fruits to great effect through really easy and refreshing fruit shakes.

These are so good as the weather warms. Nothing beats a fresh pineapple or lime shake while enjoying a hot summer day.

The great thing about these fruit shakes is their simplicity. Most smoothie style recipes get it all wrong. All you really want in a fruit shake is an icy and refreshing liquid taste of fruit; and as such these shakes have just three ingredients.



Sugar syrup

They are really easy, but they'll make the best shake you've ever tasted!

The first thing that you need if you want to make fruit shakes is some simple syrupy. This is just equal parts sugar and water boiled together and cooled. This syrup will last for ages in the fridge, and is great for all sorts of things.

You will also need crushed ice. Many blenders advertise an ice crushing feature, but unless you really have a professional caliber blender, they probably don't work very well. Make your own crushed ice by putting some ice cubes in a bag and whacking them. Use a cast iron fry pan to great effect here!

Basic fruit shake recipe (enough for one 12 ounce glass)

Fruit. The amount for most shakes can be thought of as a banana equivalent amount of fruit

1-3 or more Tbls of simple syrup

Crushed ice, fill the glass you'll use about 3/4 full of crushed ice

Dump all the ingredients in a blender and give it about 15 seconds and you are done.

The amount of sugar needed will vary with the acidity of the fruit. A sweet fruit like a banana or papaya will need very little sugar, but a lime or tart orange shake will need considerably more. Just add a bit to start, and stir in more as needed.

Some great fruits for shakes are:

Pineapple-about a banana sized chunk

Papaya-the same


Banana...that's right, a banana sized piece of banana

Mango (mmm, really good)-same amount

Berries, a good handful

Apple (add a bit of milk as well)

Orange (fill the glass about half full of freshly squeezed juice)

Lime (the juice from one big lime, or two small)

You can also try mixing fruits together and creating unique mixed fruit shakes.

Enjoy these as you take in the lazy days of summer.


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      maddy_gabz 6 years ago

      im planning to have a small bznes at my place and im searching for a fruit mixed shakes recipes and i found these site!wow! i can make my fruit shakes taste great!thanks!and godbless!

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      xaxa 6 years ago

      how to make sugar syrup? thnks

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      jobelle 6 years ago

      thanks to this.. this gave me ideas for our project.. thank you so much.

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      John D Lee 7 years ago

      Hi Courtney - coconut shakes are best made with the meat of a young coconut, ice and sugar syrup to taste. Best of luck - they're fantastic!

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      courtney 7 years ago

      how do you make the coconut shakes?

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      franzeska 7 years ago

      in school were having a project actually its an invention

      and i don't know wat to do

      i was assigned to be the leader and its a little bit difficult for me!

      thanks to this page!i got the ingredients in fruit shake

      with beer!


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      jackie 7 years ago

      .hmft its easy to make that.......!!!!!!!!!

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      susan t.g. 7 years ago

      yes, this is good, aside from delicious taste it is so nutritious for everyone.

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      John D Lee 7 years ago

      Thanks for all the comments - and yes, these shakes are as easy as they look!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      This looks wonderful and easy to make.

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      Shari 8 years ago

      We just got back from spending a month on Koh Phangan. One of our favorite restaurants made Lime/Mint shakes. So refreshing and delecious. I also really enjoyed blending Coffee and Banana in a shake. Two of my favorites. All the shakes we had were amazing.

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      Anthony 8 years ago

      This is great, no longer do I have to wait for my thai holidays to have these shakes.. Thanks mate!!

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      leejol 8 years ago

      soo delicious

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      leejol 8 years ago

      soo delicious

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      jhong 9 years ago

      this simple bussines is so great to the people its so nice and so good

      i think this is the great bussines simple but its great

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      yvette 9 years ago

      sorry but soetimes i mix some fruits and they have a weird taste to them but in most cases these are great!

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      Seth 10 years ago

      what do you u mean by simple syrup

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      John D Lee 10 years ago

      I can see that, Leesha - a banana shake with vanilla would be great!

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      Leesha 10 years ago

      This recipe is great if you add some vanilla extract to it.

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      John D Lee 10 years ago

      Thanks Lillie,

      These shakes are so simple and yet so refreshing!

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      Lillie 10 years ago

      I've just come back from Thailand and agree with you that they definitely make the best shakes. Thanks for the recipes - they have confirmed that I have observed the making of these yummy shakes correctly.


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