Friday, May 7, 2010

Weekend Cocktails - Strawberry Banana Shake Shooters

One of my most favorite Food Network peeps is Sunny Anderson. She is one great gal, super friendly and let me tell you, the girl can cook! Plus when you watch her, it's like she's sitting across the kitchen counter talking to you and I like that. (Did you know she has her own blog? And, she's interactive with her followers too. Check it out and tell her Mary sent ya! She is a BFF in my head don't you know?)

One day this week while I was plugging away working, the DVR flipped over to record one of Sunny's older Cooking for Real shows from 2008 and she made these vodka shake shots right at the end of the episode.  Her version was made with vodka, vanilla ice cream, a squirt of chocolate syrup and just a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Yum!

Well, the only thing I had in the freezer was some strawberry banana frozen yogurt, but I also had strawberry jam in the fridge, and all I can say is wow, wow, was this good!  What a fantastic party shooter, especially in these hot, hot summers down here, and of course I am imagining all sorts of possibilities - coffee ice cream, with a shot of Kahlua and Hershey's chocolate syrup.  Rum, mint ice cream with coconut Da Vinci syrup and a squirt of chocolate syrup.  Whatever kind of ice cream or frozen yogurt, fruit jam, sweet syrup combination your mind can come up with - endless possibilities!  Great idea Sunny - totally love it.

What are ya waitin' for? Go make one tonight!


Strawberry Banana Shake Shooters
From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish

1-1/2 shots of ice cold vodka
2 cups Strawberry Banana frozen yogurt,
   softened at room temperature
Pinch lemon zest, optional
2 tablespoons strawberry jam

Add everything to a blender and mix on high until smooth. Pour into tall shooter glasses.  Serves 2 to 4, depending on glass size.

Variations:  Substitute your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt, plus any complimentary spices/seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or mint. Add fruit jams, syrups or other flavorings such as chocolate syrup, Kahlua, chopped mint, peanut butter, Nutella, or other favorite flavoring combinations. Use your imagination!


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