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03 August 2012

Strawberry & Pineapple Shake with Limoncello (Frullato di Fragole e Ananas con Limoncello)

I can't help recalling how amused I was when I first made this frullato (shake).  It was the day before I left for France and I had been trying to empty the fridge the whole week.   My husband reminded me to make him the Pizza with Ricotta, Strawberries & Nutella/Chocolate right on the day I thought I was done with my work.  I bought 2 baskets of strawberries, which I already thought was too much but the vendor gave me the third and last basket for a fraction of a price or rather, just gave it to me as a gift because I paid almost nothing for it. 

On normal circumstances, I would accept it graciously.  I love it when I receive these tokens from sellers.  A kind of seller who has the sense of generosity to give something from the array of food he is selling assures him of my continued patronage.  What can I say?  That kind of advertising pegs my loyalty.

At early evening, the pizza was done, the contents of the fridge were under control, our bags were packed and I still had a big load of strawberries staring at me. As much as I pushed the kids to eat their favorite strawberry salad, they wouldn't budge. They didn't want anything to do with strawberries.  It was a classic case of "Mommy overdosing kids with strawberries" and the season was not even over yet.

The hulled strawberries went inside the blender with some fresh pineapple I was keeping for dinner. Adding mint leaves gave it a better twist.  But there was something lacking.  Something alcoholic was calling out. After all, I was going away for a week with my daughter while my husband goes somewhere with our son. I called my husband for a late afternoon cocktail with me which he happily agreed to. But not until he saw the big pitcher I plopped down in front of him. 

"All that?," he asked, with bewildered eyes. 


I had another case of strawberry overdose in front of me.  

Strawberry & Pineapple Shake with Limoncello

Makes about 1 liter
  • 3/4 cup pineapple
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup limoncello
  • 1/4 cup sugar (or less, depending on how sweet the fruits are)
  • 5 - 6 mint leaves
  • ice  
  1. Put all in the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  
  2. Serve chilled.


  1. Ah strawberry overload, what a problem to have! ;) Beautiful drink, I'm sure it tastes just as good as it looks!

    1. I don't think I will ever have that problem. I love strawberries too much!

  2. now, if only you lived closer. Although the strawberry season lasted here until late June, I kinda miss it now.
    Refreshing drink to celebrate the family trips

    1. And we have to wait for another year for them to arrive again. But that's the beauty of seasonal fruits. The waiting. Thanks Roxana!

  3. What a pretty and refreshing drink!

  4. I would join you for that drink any time. Have a great trip with your daughter.

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    1. I just visited your blog Suzanne! Thank you so much for thinking of my blog! I am so honored to be chosen by you!


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