I would have to say that an Avocado smoothie  is hands down–my go to summer guilty pleasure.  It’s wonderfully rich and refreshing–and for all you cynics–tastes nothing like guacamole.   Really, I promise. No onions, lime juice–nothing of the sort.  Yes, it’s strange looking–but have a try and I promise you–you’ll be hooked.

My mom once owned a Sinh To (smoothie) stand in Vietnam before migrating to the US in 1981.  She often reminisces about how successful the stand was and how much ice my brothers had to pick away at to keep up with demand.  So growing up, if you wanted an avocado smoothie–stories came hand in hand.  Plus, it was always a good idea to keep your eye on her–my mom would always try to sneak in some durian into the shake–thinking it was the best combination.  What’s a durian?  A putrid and extremely pungent smelling fruit consumed widely in South East Asia.  Gym sock in in my smoothie–no thanks!

The recipe for the smoothie is very basic–ripe avocados, sugar, milk and ice.  Basic, basic, basic.  You can make the smoothie with condensed milk to take the shake to a whole new level of rich (I won’t pretend–it’s tasty!), but definitely not necessary.  Order an Avocado Shake at a restaurant or boba shop and you can be sure they add condensed milk, but if you’re looking to enjoy this at home–stick to the basics.

Alot of this is simply done by taste, so there’s really not a rock solid recipe.  But here’s a great starting place and change proportions to fit your taste.  Please note that Vietnamese Sinh To is generally a bit thicker than your everyday shake.  Think of it more as a dessert and not so much a shake and you might not be caught too off guard.  Either way, if you prefer your smoothie thinner–play around with the milk proportions until you get the right consistence.  I always start with the basics and end up modifying it as I go.


Avocado Sinh To

Makes 2 servings

1 large ripe avocado
1 cup ice cubes or crush ice
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (or you can use just sugar)
1/4 cup milk

Scoop avocado and place into the blender and add the rest of the ingredients. Pulse, then blend until smooth. If needed, adjust for sweetness and consistency.  Not sweet enough, add more condensed milk or sugar.  Too thick?  Add more milk.