You read that right. It says milkshake. Not smoothie. But honestly, they’re practically kissing cousins.
So why am I making a gourmet milkshake instead of a smoothie?
Because the Dairy Council of Arizona declared June as Arizona Dairy Month. Did you know that there are more than 100 dairy farms in Arizona? Ninety-eight percent of them are family owned and operated, although these aren’t small farms. Most have 1,500 to 2,000 cows. The farms produce 508 million gallons of milk a year, and it only takes two days to get the milk from the farm to the grocery store.
Milk and other dairy products (yogurt and cheese) are rich in calcium, Vitamin D, potassium, and protein. The USDA recommends two to three cups of dairy per day. No one is recommending a milkshake a day, but for a special treat, I don’t mind indulging in a milkshake every now and then.
As part of the AZ Dairy Month celebration, chefs around town have created some inspiring milkshakes. (Read the Phoenix New Times Chow Bella story about the “Mooving Milkshake Pop-ups.”)
A sweet little birdy asked me if I’d create a milkshake you could make at home in honor of the month long celebration.
The rest of the ingredients: banana + pink peppercorn + lavender aren’t local, but no matter, because the spirit — and backbone — of this gourmet milkshake is local.
How to describe the flavor? Sweet, rich, floral and spicy. In a word: fantastic!
How will you celebrate Arizona Dairy Month?
Banana + Pink Peppercorn + Lavender Milkshake
Makes 1 large milkshake (about 16 ounces)
1/2 cup whole milk
2-1/2 teaspoons pink peppercorns
1 teaspoon culinary lavender buds
1 medium banana (room temperature, or frozen for a thicker shake)
1/2 pint vanilla ice cream
Place all ingredients in the order listed in a blender and blend until smooth.
* There is method to the madness in the order of ingredients. Always put liquid in the bottom of the blender first. The rest of the ingredients will blend much quicker and easier.
** This recipe easily converts into a morning smoothie. Eliminate the milk and replace the ice cream with an equal amount of vanilla yogurt.