Listen up, New York. If I have to shave my legs in October I'm at the very least going to cheer myself up with a smoothie that has summer written ALL. OVER IT.
And there are plenty of peaches and bunches of basil at the Union Square Greenmarket, so I've gotta believe I'm in good company.
I've literally been thinking about this smoothie for months (MONTHS!) after hearing about it from one of the neighborhood Moms at home in NJ. You see, I super-love herbs in just about anything: rosemary shortbread cookies? Sure! Herb-flecked ice cream? Uh, yes. Infused cocktails? Even better. Give me the whole freaking thyme sprig while you're at it.
So I'm obviously 110% okay with tossing some basil into a smoothie. Basil and peaches are pretty much lovers, and the cucumber and lime are ridiculously refreshing. If it hadn't been 3 in the afternoon I might have glugged in a little liquor - but I'll leave the experimenting to you party animals.
Hi-fives all around for October peaches!
Recipe: Peach-Basil Smoothie with Cucumber and Lime
Ingredients (serves ~2)
2 ripe peaches, unpeeled and pit removed
1 small handful fresh basil leaves
1 cucumber, peeled
Juice and zest of 1 lime
10-12 ice cubes (standard size)
Blend all of the ingredients. Add more ice as needed.