Nothing beats sipping on a delicious homemade smoothie on a hot day. A trusty ice blender can do the job for you – just drop all your ingredients in and blend well!

To match your retro-style kitchen – or if you simply love the vintage look – Smeg’s latest range of kitchen appliances includes the 50s Style blender. Its die-cast aluminium body makes it stable during operation, and the convenient non-drip spout makes drink preparation fuss-free. It even has preset Ice Crush and Smoothie programmes that can produce beverages with different consistencies or levels of creaminess. Choose from a variety of gorgeous shades: red, cream, pink, pastel blue, black and pastel green. Available at APS Lifestyle.

The strong 450-watt motor and durable serrated knives in Bosch’s MMB12P4RGB make it easy to blend any ingredient. Its BPA-free plastic also makes food preparation safe. Plus, it’s easy to clean as the jug, lid, measuring cup and accessories are all dishwasher-safe!


2 tsp cocoa powder
1 cup pitted cherries
1 cup raspberries
1⁄2 cup almond milk
1⁄2 cup vanilla yoghurt
1 cup ice cubes

• Blend all ingredients.
• Add ice or water according to your preferred consistency.