The world has two fields of thought about avocados: sweet or salty. When people in Mexico, the United States, and Canada think of avocados, we think “guacamole with chips.” In Brazil, Morocco, and Ethiopia, the avocado is usually mixed with sugar in creamy drinks. Whichever side of the debate you’re on, you have to try this layered juice drink from Ethiopia, known as “spris.”
Spris are layered drinks, of pureed fruit: avocado, mango and papaya are the most common. These drinks are easy to make, super healthy and packed with antioxidants, and bring a little piece of Ethiopia to your own backyard.
First, puree a couple of avocados with a bit of water, the juice of a lime, and sugar to taste. It shouldn’t be watery- more like thin cake batter. I used a cup of water with 2 small avocados.
Pour carefully into your glasses. Rinse out the blender, and do the same with some mangoes, carefully adding them on top of the avocado layer. If you find papaya (our supermarket only had very green papaya), add another layer on top.
Serve with a lime wedge. I ordered this almost every day on visits to Ethiopia, and invariably the waiter would remind me to squeeze my lime over the mango. They frequently serve this with a spoon since the “juice” is so dense. It doesn’t get much healthier than this!