I swear – this post is about how to make a fresh, delicious, refreshing drink.
But first, I must explain how it came to be.
(The Peaks of Genius can’t be reached without first crossing through The Valleys of Ghastliness, after all.)
That fortnight of difficulty we were having? Is turning into a trinight, and threatening a quaternight….err, month.
Turns out, Noah’s ear infection was caused by a dreadfully contagious CDC-Quarantine-Worthy Virus.
On Tuesday, I put this graphic on Facebook to explain our family’s current state.
However, it was grossly inaccurate.
Now, a few more days wiser as to the ways of this Life-Sucking Disease, I can draw a better depiction of the state of our household.
So. There’s that. And then there was an extreme overstock of Cuties.
When it comes to food, one thing my kids are good at is getting on a kick.
And one thing they’re absolutely excellent at is spontaneously getting off of that kick.
(One day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.)
Chris loves a good Sam’s shopping trip, so if I forget to update him on these shifting nutritional winds, we can easily end up with a bulk supply of something that they are refusing to eat.
Sometime pre-plague, Noah went from eating about five Mandarin Oranges a day to refusing to eat even half a slice. The fortnight of insanity greatly diminished opportunities for communication on trivial matters such as these, which resulted in a Sam’s-sized bag of destined-to-rot Cuties.
My Day One of The Plague started Saturday night, so I found myself desperately wanting something refreshingly and healingly frozen on my sore throat.
I love a good Orange Julius, especially when I’m sick, so I scoured the freezer for Orange Juice concentrate – no luck.
Then Chris reminded me of his gigantic Cutie purchase. What could be better than a fresh Orange Julius?
And he was right. It was Complete Perfection.
Two nights later, the Cutie supply had completely disappeared.
Even if the kids were still eating Cuties, I’d steal them in a heartbeat to make another one of these.
So here’s the recipe – 5 easy ingredients that I bet you have right now (unless your kids are on a Cutie strike and you actually remembered to tell your husband):
1/3 c Sugar
1/2 c Milk (I used skim)
1 tbsp Vanilla (yes, a TABLEspoon – I like a good jolt of vanilla in my frozen drinks.)
Because I value laziness over efficiency, I chose to use just one kitchen appliance to do the whole operation: My Ninja.
(Sure, I could have pulled out my juicer to do the first half, but then I would have had two bladed contraptions to clean, which would all but guarantee a finger gash of some sort.)
First, I pulverized the Cuties.
Then I drained them, using a spoon to mash the pulp and encourage every last drop of actual juice to drip through.
(For reference if you prefer to do this some other way or to just buy the dang juice, this produced 1.5 cups of Mandarin Orange juice.)
While the juice drained, I filled the Ninja with ice (up to the 1 Liter mark) and crushed it mercilessly until it wished it had become a cloud instead of an ice cube. I then added the sugar, vanilla, milk, and orange juice to the ice and Ninja’ed it some more, producing 50 ounces of Sore Throat Healing Powers:
I topped it off with just a tad of frozen Cool Whip (also a very important medicinal item for those with sore throats) and drank more than I should have.
For fellow calorie counters, I did the math, and despite the sugar, this is actually quite low-cal.
However, I’m a staunch believer in not oversharing caloric information, because I know the ruining effects of that sort of information if you’re not currently counting.
So if you actually do want to know the calories, you’ll have to solve this equation:
( (278 x 32) / 2 ) + y = 4603
y = number of calories in a 16 ounce serving
…or, if you’re like me and value laziness over efficiency, just leave a comment asking for the calorie count.