On October 1787 in Prague’s Stavovské divadlo (Estates Theatre) Wolfang Amadeus Mozart premiered his Don Giovanni opera. That was the first opera I ever saw, well not the one in 1787, but rather Don Giovanni. I still remember how excited I was to not only be stepping foot into the same historic theatre were Mozart himself conducted the opera, but also to experience my first opera ever. Prague is a fantastic city for live theatric performances. And you know what, they are so affordable that there is absolutely no excuse not to attend one. I remember how much fun I had watching the actors as well as looking around the beautiful theatre. Really, it’s something that should go on your Prague agenda.
After attending the performance I was really fascinated with Mozart, we bought a few CDs and even the Amadeus film. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched that movie — and I’m still not sick of it. One of the things that makes the movie so fascinating for me is that it was (mostly) filmed in Prague and that it was directed by Miloš Forman, a Czech. It’s super cool sitting in front of the screen looking at shooting locations that were in our old neighbourhood, places we walked pasts on a daily basis, as well as stores and cafes that we frequented. Europe is amazing like that, you walk and stand in spaces where so much history has taken place.
So what the heck does Mozart have to do with this pineapple smoothie? Not much, but it was me thinking about the Amadeus film that inspired this drink. In the DVD’s special features Vincent Schiavelli shares a story about bringing a fresh pineapple to Prague. At the time of filming Czech Republic was still behind the Iron Curtain and people weren’t used to seeing fresh pineapples, they’d only seen “ananas” in cans. The story made me think about how fresh, golden, juicy pineapples are now abundant in Prague. It made me crave pineapple. Luckily here in Playa there is no shortage of deliciously sweet pineapples. With the perpetual summer heat I wanted to created a refreshing drink to cool us down. This smoothie or licuado is what I came up with. Lately I’ve been experimenting with chia seeds and so I added them to the blender too. There is no dairy or milk-substitues in my recipe but please make sure to read through the recipe notes for suggestions.
- 600 gm or 1.32 lb of fresh, peeled pineapple chunks (use a yellow tropical/Caribbean variety)
- 125 ml or ½ cup of filtered water
- ½ tbsp chia seed
- 1 small lime, juiced (optional)
- ice cubes, to serve
- Place everything in the blender and blend until smooth. This will yield a thick smoothie, you can add more water to water down if desired. Taste and if you feel the need, add sugar, stir and allow it to dissolve into the drink before serving. Serve over ice cubes.
• In place of water you can use cow milk or a non-dairy milk. I've only tested the recipe with water, and it's what I prefer.
• For a super cold version you can add ice to the blender.
If you are looking for a naturally sweet, healthy, full of vitamins and minerals drink then look no further. This licuado is so delicious that you could even freeze the leftovers to turn into popsicles. Enjoy!