Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Honeydew Hefeweizen Smoothie



One of my favorite places to go when I am back home in Oregon is a restaurant chain called McMenamins. Not only are the majority of their restaurant locations in really old and/or historic buildings, but they make one my favorite milkshakes in the world. They brew their own beer there, and have a wheat beer with a hint of raspberry called the Ruby. Being the geniuses that they are, they made a milkshake will vanilla ice cream, raspberries, and a tad of the Ruby. It is amazing!!! So, I decided to create my own version with honeydew melon. I love fresh honeydew, it has such a cool, sweet, and refreshing taste. I honestly can't think of any other fruit I enjoy more on a really hot day. This recipe is very easy to make, (I love milkshakes for this very reason...and because they taste awesome), and tastes lovely. Nice and sweet and creamy, with a hint of hefeweizen. I wouldn't try it with any non-wheat beer, though, as wheat beers tend to go especially well with fruity flavors. Trying it with an IPA would be a different story.... probably a story with a sad ending.



Ingredients:

1/2 of a Honeydew Melon
3 and 1/3 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream
1 Cup Hefeweizen (Wheat Beer)
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Fun Straws (optional)
Small and Thin Honeydew Slices for Garnish (optional)


Cut the honeydew in half and then remove and discard the seeds using a metal spoon. Wrap up half of the melon and put it in the refrigerator to eat at your convenience.


Cut the honeydew into 2 inch thick slices and then peel the outer skin off of each slice. It is better to cut them into long slices before peeling because they are easier to hold and peel that way than when they are still in a giant awkward half-sphere.


Once all of the slices are peeled, cut the honeydew melon into roughly 2 x 3 inch chunks. Place half of the pieces in the freezer, and the other half in the refrigerator. Let them chill for 1 hour.


Remove the honeydew pieces from the freezer and refrigerator and toss them together in a bowl so they are evenly distributed. If you have a large food processor, you don't need to do the following and divide everything in half and do it twice. I have a regular sized blender and it doesn't fit everything in it at once, so I had to divide the ingredients in half and do it in two batches, as follows.


Place half of the the melon pieces into a blender with half of the other ingredients. Put the lid on the blender and blend on high until the mixture is completely blended, about 45 seconds. Pour the mixture into glasses, then repeat this process with the other half of the ingredients.


Serve immediately with fun straws and a small slices of fresh honeydew, if desired. Makes about 4 servings.


22 comments:

  1. This is such a fun unique smoothie with melon and wheat beer, how awesome! I must try this!

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  2. I'm in love with Blue Moon Beer! I had it for the first time a few weeks ago and can't stop having one (yes, just one!) with lunch. Might need to stop before I get a beer belly.

    BTW, I love the jar you used for the smoothie.

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  3. I am refreshed only by seeing the pics ~ gorgeous refreshing smoothie ~ I loved that jar too :)
    US Masala

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  4. Omg, wat a refreshing smoothie, simply irresistible..

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  5. A beer smoothie! Nice! I like it.

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  6. Oh yum! Beer and ice cream? I'm there!

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  7. This is just amazing! Beer and ice cream together! Love it! :)

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  8. Not a honeydew fan (I don't like melons) BUT this looks fantastic! I think I would even take a sip. ;-))

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  9. Ice cream and beer - oh my, what a great idea!

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  10. This sounds fantastic! Perfect for a hot summer day:)

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  11. What an unique smoothie recipe with German beer! I will have to try it too.

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  12. I'm not really a beer drinker but have to say that looks not only refreshing but delicious. I would love to try this! Terrific photo's!

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  13. So lovely! This makes me think of that bacon milkshake :) Well done!

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  14. That sounds delicious, and the photos are just gorgeous

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  15. OMG this looks addicting!

    I'm not a total beer drinker, but you make me want to convert.

    The Ruby sounds delicious too! My kind of beers!

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  16. Oh wow! I love the photos in this series. The colours are vibrant. And what a cool idea to use honeydew and ice-cream AND beer!

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  17. Love McMenamins! This is a wonderful take on their shake. What a fun combination of flavors and pics are so lovely to look at!

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  18. What an amazing crazy and wonderful idea. I will try it as soon as I find a good beer to go with it. Thanks for a super nice blog.

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  19. Someone pinned this on Pintrest! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Can't wait for honeydew this summer now :)

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  20. While I am a little horrified by your use of Blue Moon rather than our beloved Oregon Widmer Hefeweizen, I approve of the overall concept and, as a former McMenamins employee, can at this time confirm that the Ruby shake consists of a couple tablespoons of raspberry compote, just a shot (!) of Ruby draft, organic vanilla ice cream (this made all the difference, I swear - the stuff was amazing), and a splash or two of milk. So good!

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  21. Ai kiêu ngạo bằng taoDecember 11, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Oh wow! I love the photos in this series. The colours are vibrant. And what a cool idea to use honeydew and ice-cream AND beer! mafitrailersEasy Opener

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