Applebee’s Bananaberry Freeze by Todd Wilbur
Ah, if kitchen cloning was only an exact science. While working on this one I saw the same bartender make the drink two different ways on two different days. Only after a firm grilling did I get her admitting to her personal “improvement” to the chain’s secret recipe. The official clone includes the ingredients found below. But if you want to add a little pineapple juice — as some independent thinking bartenders are apt to do — you might discover you have indeed created a tastier version of this refreshing smoothie. On that day the cloning gods shall be looking the other way.
For the strawberry puree, grab the bottled drink mixer used for strawberry margaritas and daiquiris. And be sure your banana is soft and ripe. This is a detail the gods won’t ignore.
2 cups crushed ice
1 ripe banana
3/4 cup strawberry puree (drink mixer)
1/4 cup pina colada mix
2 fresh strawberries
2 banana slices
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender on high speed. Mix for 10 to 15 seconds, or until smooth.
2. Pour into two wine glasses. Swirl whipped cream on top of each glass.
3. Slice each strawberry halfway up through the middle and add one to the rim of each glass.
4. Cut a banana slice halfway through the middle and add one to the rim of each glass next to the strawberry. Serve with a straw. (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com)
Makes 2 servings.