This is the part of the year where you see if you really have what it takes to live in Texas. It is so hot that you can fry tofu on the sidewalk. You can leave some batter in the car and come back to find muffins. Eating tomatoes off the vine is like a slow cooked marinara sauce. In these times when it is a hundred and five it is too hot to do anything but relax with a cool refreshing drink.
In Central and South America Batidos are very popular. I think Batido means “beaten” because you beat the hell out of your ingredients with a blender. It is a lot more violent than the north American smoothie but it is also a hell of a lot more fun. You can use whatever tropical fruit you like, if your fruit is very sweet you don’t need to use and sweetener and you can omit the milk and use water instead. Here is how I made mine
1/2 Cantaloupe, cut into big pieces
1 cup of milk or water (I used Oat milk)
1 Tablespoon of Agave Nectar
1 cup of ice
Then just beat It, beat it, beat it, beat it no one wants to be defeated showin’ how funky strong is your fight just beat it, with a blender.
I had my batido alongside another recipe from Vegan Brunch: Polenta Ranceros. This might be my favorite to boot. We added a little Black Salt to get the egg flavor and I topped it with a puree of yogurt, cilantro, and lime and then some cherry tomatoes & green onions it was fabulous.
Poor Dinger really hates the heat, he has allergies so I have to give him a lot of showers. Luckily, getting toweled off is one of his favorite things in the world. Whenever we get out the towel, even for us, he runs up saying “towel me”! My mom offered to take him for the summer which he would probably like. A beagle that summers in Illinois I can see it now.I plan to spend the weekend submerged in water so if you don’t hear from me know that I drowned happily! Have a fun weekend!
I love heat, but 107 – yikes!!!! I’m gathering all the *stay cool* tips I can find, and this drink sounds really refreshing.
I loved your Chicago pics!
We were making lots of plain old smoothies with cantaloupe for a while, because my CSA was giving us three of them a week – they’re so good all blended up. This sounds great.
That batido looks amazing!
I so plan on having the rancheros for dinner tonight. 🙂
I think I would have a hard time to live in Texas when temperatures are that high. But I’d love to have a sip from that glass. I’ve never made drinks with melon. And it sounds fantastic!
I think making a batido is on my to-do list for tomorrow. I’m sure it’s not as hot here as in Austin, but blast it it’s horrid. Poor pup–hope he’s staying cool!
Cantaloupe batido sounds so nice and refreshing for a really hot day. I’ll have to give that a try, sometimes water just doesn’t cut it for cooling me down.
The rancheros look great! Another VB recipe that’s on my list to try.
oh wow that bantido and those rancheros look amazing! poor dinger! stay cool buddy!