Throughout the Middle East, Turkey, and India, where the weather can be very hot and sticky, ice-cold drinks made with yogurt are a popular way to refresh and cool down. The Indian yogurt drink called lassi is almost like a thin smoothie — yogurt blended with ice and flavorings like fresh mint, rose water, or fruit, particularly mango, which is plentiful there. Since peaches are in season and plentiful in much of the United States during the summer, we’re using those instead. Nectarines, which can be a little bit more tart than peaches, would be great too. By Adam Ried
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife (adult needed)
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Blender (adult needed)
- 2 ripe peaches
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch kosher salt
- Cut the peaches in half, remove and discard the pits, and chop them (you should have about 1 1⁄2 cups).
- Put the peaches and the rest of the ingredients in the blender and put the top on tightly.
- Turn the blender to medium to start chopping the fruit and ice. Adjust the blender to high speed and blend until the mixture is really smooth and moves easily in the blender, about 1 minute.
- Serve right away, or cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours (if you do this, stir it well or reblend before serving).
OR ELSE No fresh peaches? No problem! When fresh peaches aren’t available, you can use 2 cups of frozen peach slices and skip the ice.