Frullati - Fresh Fruit Whips
Adapted from The Classic Italian Cookbook by Marcella Hazan
Makes 2 servings

Marcella writes, "frullati could be described as an adult milkshake laced with just enough liquor to make it not merely refreshing, but interesting as well. In summer, in Italy, it is something that one orders at an espresso bar, but there is no reason that one shouldn't have it at home and enjoy at any time of day."

Suggested fruits are banana, strawberry, peach, raspberry, melon and apricot. Other suggestions: kiwi, pineapple, mango, papaya or any combination of fruit you have on hand.

About 1 cup cut-up fresh fruit (one banana, fresh peaches, strawberries, or raspberries)
2/3 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3 Tablespoons crushed ice
2 Tablespoons Maraschino liquor (optional)

Note: Maraschino liquor is made from Marasca cherries. It has a slight cherry, honey and almond taste. Not to be confused with Maraschino cherry juice which is much sweeter...but hey, that would probably taste good too! Also this smoothie is just as delicious without liquor.

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and whip at high speed until blended. Pour into a tall glass and serve immediately.