Welcome To Spris World!
Are you ready to be spriced… er, surprised? Spris differs from most everyday smoothies by virtue of its avocado content, and those used to enjoying avocados in guacamole or California Roll sushi may pause before wielding their straws. Consider the fact that avocados are fruits – they’re berries to be exact – and you’re one big step towards broadening your taste palate. Avocados are less sweet and contain much more fat (the healthy, mono-unsaturated kind) than most fruits, however, so when pureed in a Spris some sugar and/or lime juice is often added. The heavy avocado puree is also often the first ingredient in a Spris, typically occupying the lower portion of the serving mug. The next step is adding a thin (thinner than the avocado, at least) layer of guava or banana puree, a thick layer of pureed mango, and a thin layer of papaya puree at the very top. The most basic Spris contains only avocado and mango purees – not that this is a bad thing; what’s critical is that the fruit juices are thick, naturally constituted and NOT watered down.
Some Spris feature an interesting finishing touch: a spoonful of vinto, a dark-colored sugary sauce that adds extra sweetness if desired, along with some extra visual interest. While you might not have any vinto on hand at home (try an ethnic or African market if you’ve got one in your town), a more common piece de resistance is a lime wedge served either on the rim of the mug or on a small side dish – squeeze the lime over your Spris and you’re good to go!