Recipe: Serendipitous Summer Sippers

The mercury is climbing, the daisies are drooping and the blender is sitting there, ready to whirl into action. Use it! Nothing will cools you off during the dog days of summer like a frothy blender drink. Whether you opt for an ice cream based milk-shake type of drink or a fresh fruit and ice libation, adding the appropriate alcoholic beverage can elevate your concoction from creamy to dreamy. While scorned by mixologists, the New York Times says that blender drinks are back.

The strangest blender drink I ever had was from a fellow I worked with years ago who hailed from Sri Lanka. We attended a barbeque on a day that was so hot we all sought refuge in the coolest part of the house, the garage. Our host, who was used to extremely hot conditions, having grown up in the island once named Serendib– from whence we get the word serendipity- promised to make us a blender drink that would snap us out of our heat-induced delirium and make us right as a rainforest.

Into the blender went a handful of Planter’s dry roasted peanuts, a big scoop of ice, a can of cold condensed milk and a chilled can of Guinness. Really. To say I was skeptical is an understatement but I was willing to try anything at this point.

The drink came out of the blender, smooth, light, creamy and totally delicious. What a revelation! A little nutmeg sprinkled on the top gave it an inviting olfactory boost and freshness that added to delightful experience

He called his concoction “The Concoction” which seemed to be the best name ever and we all instantly awoke from our soggy torpor and spent the rest of the afternoon whipping it up and whooping it up.

There are variations on this drink. There is something known as a Guinness milkshake, and since Jamaica, like Sri Lanka, also has a colonial British heritage, a version of The Concoction is popular there too, either as Peanut Punch or the more foreboding, “Stamina Daddy”.

I dare you to try it.

The Concoction

Makes four drinks

Into a blender add:

-1 cup of ice

-I can condense

-1 cup dry roasted peanuts

-1 cans Guinness (pour slowly to reduce foam)

  1. Blend at low speed for the first 15 seconds, gradually increase speed and continue to puree for another 15 seconds or so.
  2. Pour into glasses, garnish with fresh-grated nutmeg.


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