I live in South Florida, and I am not well-suited for the heat. It's very uncomfortable, and it gives me migraines. My dad likes to keep the house between 80 and 82 degrees during the day, which is like torture for me. He did that today, so I took a cool shower with minty Dr. Bronners and then decided that I needed to drink something sweet and icy. Cardamom is used in the East as a cooling spice for summer foods, so I built a drink off of that. It ended up being like a vanilla milkshake, except light and cooling where a normal milkshake (with soy ice cream, or with dairy as far as I can remember - it has been a long time) is usually kinda heavy and filling. I'm sure this has been done before, but it was so good that I felt the need to record it.
Ingredients: (amounts depend on the size of your glass)
can of coconut milk
light soy milk (the low-cal stuff balances out the fat content of the coconut milk)
ice (crushed is easier)
Fill a glass 2/3 with crushed ice. Add about 1/5 - 1/4 can of coconut milk, a pinch of cardamom, and a tablespoon or two of maple syrup, depending on how sweet you like it. Then fill the glass with soy milk, but leave some room for expansion because the blender incorporates some air into the mix. Give it a little stir, then pour the mess into the blender and blend until it gets a milkshake consistency. Pour back into the glass, and add more cardamom if you like (but it's really not necessary).