Smooth It Over
In sun-centric Phoenix, nothing hits the spot like a chilled, refreshing blended drink. A local food blogger reveals where to keep cool.
1. CAFÉ ZUZU
“The signature Zuzu smoothie, blended with strawberries, bananas and blueberries and garnished with a strawberry and sprig of mint, is best enjoyed on the café’s patio.” 6850 E Main St.; 480-421-7997; www.hotelvalleyho.com
2. SANCTUARY RESORT & SPA
“Enjoy the Arizona Sunrise Smoothie overlooking some of the best views in the valley. This silky concoction of blended OJ and banana is topped with a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg for a surprisingly warm finish.” 5700 E McDonald Dr; 480-948-2100; www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com
3. POMEGRANATE CAFÉ
“This charming café prides itself on using fresh, organic ingredients and no fillers. The Raw Island Green smoothie made with kale is a uniquely delicious afternoon pick-me-up.” 4025 E Chandler Blvd.; 480-706-7472; www.pomegranatecafe.com
4. ARIZONA BILTMORE RESORT & SPA
“Cool down at the Cabana Club swim-up bar with a fruitblended smoothie. My favorite is raspberry and banana; tropical, fruity and sweet — it’s fantastic.” 2400 E Missouri Ave.; 602-955-6600; www.arizonabiltmore.com
5. 24 CARROTS JUICE
“This juice bar creates inventive and organic smoothies like Banana Nut Bread, Chocolate Pie and Pumpkin Pie. Grab a bag of vegan granola for a healthy snack on your way out.” 6140 W Chandler Blvd; 480-753-4411; www.24carrotsjuice.com
Amy Martin is the editor of Phoenix Bites.com, a local guide covering all things food related.