There’s *what* in my drink?

Welcome to the wonderful world of “I didn’t know that!”


Take a stroll through the Haitian markets. Soak up the sights and smells. See that lady selling jars of brightly colored liquid? She’ll tell you “All the medicine you’ll ever need is in a jar of rum.”

She’s not selling just any rum, this is the Klerin pharmacy, a.k.a. the white rum pharmacy. All manner of goodies are added to her jars – from spices to bark, fruit to leaves. A few sips of this trempé and you just might find your tummy woes gone.  Or eyes feeling better. Or that growth on your face suddenly shrinking. Who knew?


Honduras, like many countries in the Americas, enjoys a good smoothie. Pineapples and melons, outrageously heavy with sweet juices, get whirred up into licuados, meaning latin smoothie.

The fun thing about licuados  is you can have your breakfast cereal right in your drink. Locals particularly love granola, oatmeal, and cornflakes. Try it with your next drink – toss in a small handful and give it a buzz to combine. Instant thick, healthy carbs.

NOTE: For a totally oatmeal smoothie, try Avena [recipe]

What do you like to put in your smoothies? Have you ever put cereal or oatmeal in one?

Sources: Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti and Lonely Planet Honduras & the Bay Islands


  1. Jessica Bennett says

    I’ve never put cereal in a smoothie, but I’d try it. I do add wheat germ or flax or chia seeds though. I’ve put all kinds of fruit except bananas (don’t like bananas) and plain yogurt in smoothies, and usually add vanilla and honey. And for the last several years, I wouldn’t call it a smoothie (I think of a smoothie as having some kind of dairy ingredient), but I’ve been making veggie/fruit puree/juices with an immersion blender. I make different kinds every week with whatever is fresh at the farmers market and frozen fruit. I’ll make something like kale, beets, radishes, berries, and cantaloupe or swiss chard, carrots, mushrooms, sprouts, cherries, and apples. . . They’re not much to look at, but they’re tasty and have a ton of nutrients. I’m always hungry in the morning, so between breakfast and lunch, I’ll make one and have it with some almonds or something. I’m fortunate to work at home and be able to do stuff like this.

  2. Mary says

    I lived in Honduras for two years and I LOVED licuados de avena. Add some banana and throw it in a plastic bag with a straw and you’ve got breakfast to go!

  3. I was in Honduras earlier this year, but I didn’t know to try a licuado… Wish I’d known because I totally would have tried it. I love stuff like that. I may have to make one on my own and experiment.

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