If you don’t drink your Strawberry Surf Rider slowly, then it’s one more brain freeze for you. Are you sure you’re ready for another brain freeze?

The Strawberry Surf Rider is a refreshingly sweet smoothie that is best served chilled. And of course, you already know what happens when you drink a chilled smoothie like this too fast. See above: brain, freeze.

Okay, enough about brain freezes. The Strawberry Surf Rider recipe is the smoothie recipe you need right now. It’s time you make yours, so you don’t have to look for the nearest Jamba Juice location nearby.

You no longer need to worry if there’s no Jamba Juice around you because you can make this smoothie whenever you want using just strawberries, lemonade, lime sherbet, and a few other ingredients.

And none of these items are remotely difficult to get. Everything is within your reach—now all you have to do is reach for it. But before the recipe, let’s do a little introduction of Jamba Juice and its Strawberry Surf Rider smoothie.

The Jamba Juice Smoothie

It’s almost impossible to think of a Strawberry Surf Rider smoothie without thinking of Jamba Juice. It’s as if this strawberry smoothie is synonymous with Jamba Juice itself. While it isn’t the best thing to have come out of Jamba Juice, it definitely deserves to be on the list of the best things to have come out of Jamba Juice.

And by the way, I don’t even think there’s only one best thing from Jamba Juice. I mean, the place has a list of good things, and picking just one is not possible. The decision would be heartbreaking.

If you’ve never heard of or been to Jamba Juice, then it’s either that you live under the rock or…I don’t know. Frankly, I think everyone (or almost everyone) knows Jamba Juice. But if you didn’t before, you know about it now. Jamba Juice is a well-known chain restaurant whose smoothies are among the best ever made.

Basically, you can’t have a Jamba Juice smoothie and not love it, unless you ordered one with an ingredient you are allergic to.

Jamba Juice smoothie combinations are generally considered healthy and they are, but the healthier smoothie choices will be their all-fruit smoothies or the smoothies made of veggies. And of course, Jamba juice veggie smoothies are as delicious as the fruit smoothies.

What about the calories?

How many calories are in these Jamba Juice smoothies? Just how much sugar am I consuming? Good questions. Really, some (not all) of Jamba Juice smoothies contain as much sugar and calories as your decadent dessert has, or that sweet treat you are desperately trying to avoid.

With ingredients such as sherbet or frozen yogurt in your smoothie, you can be assured that the sugar content has definitely gone up a notch. Sugar is sweet, but we don’t want too much of it because it does lead to an increased risk of unhealthy weight gain and heart diseases. So what can we do? Simple—cut down on all that sugar.

At Jamba Juice, you could order something from the list of all-fruit smoothies such as the Carrot Orange Fusion smoothie which is a great natural sugar smoothie. Otherwise, you could specially request that the added sugar be reduced significantly. Oh, and natural sugar is good. Bad stuff only happens with unhealthy amounts and non-natural sugar.

Now, on to our strawberry smoothie.

Strawberry Surf Rider calories average at about 300 calories for 1 small serving size cup. The number of calories cannot be a fixed value due to some additional ingredients that may or may not get added. It could be as much as 320 calories, but for a small cup, it would rarely pass 350 calories.

Also, this smoothie contains sherbet which is loaded with sugar, but remember that you can reduce the quantity of sherbet or make your own healthier version of sherbet.

Apart from the calories, you probably won’t get fat or make yourself sick from this smoothie unless you are chugging one every single day, and I don’t see how you would accomplish that. This smoothie is filled with important vitamins (such as vitamin C and vitamin A) and minerals like iron.

It even has antioxidant properties and no trans fat. Trans fat is the kind of fat your doctor wants you miles away from. So for kids in dire need of a vitamin C boost, make this smoothie.

While you could just march on down to Jamba Juice and order this smoothie, you don’t need to. At least not now; I mean, you can always order one there some other time. But making your own Strawberry Surf Rider smoothie at home gives you the chance to mix things up. You can increase or decrease the amount of any ingredients. You could even toss in an extra ingredient.

The Strawberry Surf Rider is classified as a classic smoothie at Jamba Juice and the reason is not quite far-fetched. It is refreshingly sweet, creamy, and it’s a perfect thirst quencher all thanks to the summery lemonade in it. If you want a smoothie that will quench your thirst, this is the smoothie.

Strawberry Surf Rider Ingredients

To make your own homemade strawberry smoothie, you’ll need the few things below. This Strawberry Surf Rider ingredients list will most likely not be enough for more than 2 people, so if you are having a party or you have a full house, adjust the amount of each ingredient accordingly.

Ingredient list:

  •  4 ounces of frozen strawberries, maybe about 6 or 7 berries.
  •  2 ounces of frozen peaches.
  •  12 ounces of lemonade like Country Time lemonade (or frozen canned limeade) or your favorite lemonade.
  •  4 ounces of lime sherbet.
  •  2 ounces of ice, about 6 to 8 cubes.

Tip: 2 ounces of frozen peaches equals approximately 1 scoop. Do the necessary math for others.

That’s what you will need to make a basic Strawberry Surf Rider that is refreshingly sweet with lemonade which is just the right thirst-quencher. By the way, it is not mandatory to use frozen fruits, though with fresh fruits the smoothie will have a thicker consistency.

You could go with fresh fruits but you would have to increase the quantity of the fruits to yield a thick and not runny smoothie. Also, add a few more ice cubes to make the smoothie chilled enough at the end of the process. Not too many ice cubes because it could make the smoothie runny.

You’ll want just enough ice to maintain the thick consistency while still making the drink cold enough, particularly when you are using fresh fruits.

Optional ingredients:

Really, what’s the joy of a homemade Jamba Juice smoothie if you are not going to spice things up?  If it is homemade, then it should feature something you like and enjoy that will not ruin the taste of this drink.

It’s advisable that if you want to spice things up with this drink, try it with a small sample. Don’t go about testing weird flavor combinations without a trial run first, okay?

The first optional ingredient you should consider is lime juice, preferably fresh lime juice. The lime juice will bring in a tart taste. If you like your smoothies tart, then lime juice is there for you. Also, the lime juice will add more health benefits to the strawberry smoothie.

The second thing to consider is vodka.

Definitely, this is a nice way to enjoy vodka. It tastes real good. Just make sure that the little ones are not around to steal a sip when you add vodka in! I don’t know how it tastes with other drinks like whiskey and rum, though it’s worth experimenting.

What else? A shot of wheatgrass. Some people add this for the health benefits, rather than for the taste. While you can always drink your wheatgrass plain, a shot of it stirred into this smoothie contains vitamin A, vitamin K, and iron. A shot of wheatgrass is about 5 calories and has no fat. See? It’s a healthy option.

How To Make Strawberry Surf Rider

Finally! The Strawberry Surf Rider recipe you have been waiting for. To make your strawberry smoothie, all you need aside from the ingredients mentioned above is a blender, serving cup, and straw.

Steps for making the strawberry smoothie:

  1. In a blender, pulse the lime sherbet and lemonade for about 5 seconds.
  2. Now add the frozen peaches, frozen strawberries, and ice and blend together for about one minute or until smooth. The time depends on the power of your blender. I hope you have a good blender around.
  3. Pour the smoothie into a serving cup and drink it immediately, the best time to enjoy it. Remember, don’t drink too fast!


If you are using fresh fruits, ensure you properly wash them before blending them. Also, remove pits from the peaches (after peeling them) as well as stems from the strawberries. Chop everything into sizes convenient for your blender.

If after blending you notice your smoothie is not thick enough or it’s a bit runny, you can add more fruits and ice. If the reverse is the case, that is the smoothie consistency is too thick, then add some lemonade.

A Shocking Detail

I saved the best information for last. Well, I consider this the best information at least. The Strawberry Surf Rider wasn’t always called Strawberry Surf Rider. It was called Strawberry Tsunami but the name was changed after the Indonesian tsunami occurred.

Just in case you are wondering what some older folks refer to as Strawberry Tsunami, it’s this same strawberry smoothie. Same great taste. But some people who call this smoothie Strawberry Tsunami also have recipes that call for soy milk. So, soy milk is another excellent ingredient, though personally I have yet to try this. If you are going to add soy milk, reduce the quantity of lemonade and enjoy.

And that’s all, folks.

If you are in a hurry and you need something brilliant to start the day with, quickly make this liquid happiness for yourself. It will take less than 5 minutes, so what are you waiting for?

The Strawberry Surf Rider smoothie is a top choice smoothie for those hot summer afternoons. You can serve this drink at children’s parties or during a night rehearsal and watch as everyone keeps asking for a refill. You really don’t need a special event to make this smoothie. The Strawberry Surf Rider recipe is the smoothie recipe you’ve been looking for.


Peter's path through the culinary world has taken a number of unexpected turns. After starting out as a waiter at the age of 16, he was inspired to go to culinary school and learn the tricks of the trade. As he delved deeper, however, his career took a sudden turn when a family friend needed someone to help manage his business. Peter now scratches his culinary itch on the internet by blogging, sharing recipes, and socializing with food enthusiasts worldwide.

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