Note: This post is coming to you days late because of sickness in our home - we have had two bouts of the flu (maybe?) in two-and-a-half weeks. Ugh.
This recipe came about because I really wanted one more Valentine's Day drink. I told Arthur I was inspired by the cover of one of his cooking magazines. It was a "200 Best" issue, and on the cover was this gorgeous picture of what looks like a fancy strawberry milkshake with whipped cream. It turned out to be an alcoholic drink, so I told Arthur I was going to mix fresh cherries and vanilla ice cream and see if it would create something delicious and beautiful. "You can't just make a milkshake," he informed me. I figured I could, but before I had the opportunity, he had whipped up this delicious concoction, photographed it, and served it to me (while I was working on Tuesday's Toy, none the less).
It's amazing. It's not too sugary, so it has a definite adult taste, but it's sugary enough to satisfy that Valentine's Day sweet tooth! It looks beautiful enough to, say, serve at a Valentine's Day Brunch you're hosting. If you're into that kind of thing. If you're not, why not come to my party? The more, the merrier!
Without further ado, here is the recipe:
- 1 c plain kefir
- 1 c unsweetened almond milk
- 2 c vanilla ice cream
- 1 c frozen cherries
- 1 tbsp honey
Heat the cherries in the microwave for about a minute. Purée the cherries in a blender or food processor and strain it through a sieve or cheesecloth.
To make the drink, blend all ingredients together until well mixed. Drizzle the cherry sauce into a glass in a pretty decorative fashion. If in doubt, try a swirl from the bottom up or drizzle a line from one rim down to the bottom of the glass and then up again to the rim. Turn and do it again to form an "x". Top with whipped cream, if desired and drizzle another dollop of cherry sauce on the top of it all. Or, you know, top with a cherry. Your choice.
Thank you, Arthur!