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Cranberry Orange Smoothie {& Blender Giveaway!}

November 8, 2013

I know when you’re in the month of November, you don’t really think about smoothies. But you should! There are a lot of tasty fruits that are at their peak during cooler months, and one classic combination that comes to mind is cranberry and orange. This Cranberry Orange Smoothie is perfectly tart with just a hint of sweet. Great for this time of year when cranberries are in season and in grocery stores everywhere. I’ve teamed up with Hamilton Beach for their #smoovember promotion and can’t wait to tell you about their Smoothie Smart Blender and how you can win one!

Cranberry Orange Smoothie by So, How's It Taste?

So, how’s it taste?

I knew this smoothie would be good, but I had no idea how good. I just may have to buy cranberries in bulk to make sure they’re in my freezer year round so I can enjoy this smoothie whenever I want! I love how it’s tart at first, but then the banana kicks in with a hint of sweet. I first made this smoothie without the banana and could tell it needed a little something, yet I didn’t want to lose that tartness from the cranberry. I loved the pretty pink color of the finished product with the dark red flecks from the cranberry. One recipe makes two servings and I’m not afraid to admit that I drank the whole thing!

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender on So, How's It Taste?

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender on So, How's It Taste?

I couldn’t wait to test out the Smoothie Smart Blender. I’ve got a smoothie blender, but it’s on it’s last leg, so the timing was perfect. I was curious how this blender would measure up because I’m used to the smoothie blenders that have a tamper so I can I press the large chunks down to the blades. What’s cool about the Smoothie Smart is it has a special auto smoothie button. This button pulses at first in a way that moves the larger chunks of fruit around…no need for tamping! Then it blends until your smoothie is the perfect consistency, all from the touch of one button.

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender on So, How's It Taste?

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender on So, How's It Taste?

I also like that this blender only has a few buttons to choose from. I get overwhelmed with most blenders that have 12 or so different options. I like to keep it simple!

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender on So, How's It Taste?

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender on So, How's It Taste?

The nice folks at Hamilton Beach want you to enjoy the Smoothie Smart Blender AND a Single-Serve Blender, too! One winner will receive one Smoothie Smart Blender and one Single-Serve Blender!

Smoovember Prize Pack Hamilton Beach

Mandatory: Leave a comment on this post telling me what smoothie you would make in your Smoothie Smart Blender! Giveaway open to contiguous U.S. residents only. One mandatory entry per person. Multiple entries (except for the optional entry below) will be deleted.

Optional entry: For one additional entry, tweet the following: “Celebrate #smoovember & win a @HamiltonBeach Smoothie Smart Blender from @SoHowsItTaste! Enter here: http://bit.ly/1bbWc1a” and leave a separate comment that you tweeted.

Contest ends on Wednesday, November 13, at 1 p.m. central. Please make sure you enter a valid email address as an alternate winner will be chosen if I don’t hear from you within 48 hours. Good luck!

Congrats to Bianca from Confessions of a Chocoholic, comment #35!
You’ve won the Hamilton Beach Smoovember Giveaway!
Winner chosen using random.org.

Yield: 2 servings

Cranberry Orange Smoothie


1 1/4 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup raspberry sorbet
2 tbsp. orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 cups fresh orange segments, frozen* (about two navel oranges)
1/2 cup fresh cranberries, frozen*
1 banana, frozen*

*Note: Make sure you freeze the fruit or you won't get the right smoothie texture.


1. Combine the cranberry juice, sorbet, orange juice concentrate, and orange segments in a blender. Add the cranberries and banana. Blend until smooth.

Disclosure: Hamilton Beach provided me with a Smoothie Smart Blender and a Single-Serve Blender at no cost and I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed here are solely my own, as always.

This post contains affiliate links.

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  • blender dude November 8, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I love all the smoothie recipes featuring cranberries and pumpkin this time of year. Thanks for sharing and best of luck with the giveaway – great offer!

  • Katie November 8, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I love peanut butter and banana smoothies!

  • Amaura November 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I would make an almond milk, and coffee ‘smoothie’! Love an icy coffee drink.

  • Renee V. November 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I would of course try yours, I love love love me some cranberries and can’t wait till my regular grocery store has them in stock here in N’ville, but I’d use it to make my Green Smoothie

  • TC November 8, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I’d make a blueberry and almond butter. Yum!

  • Kathy Laudicano November 8, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Banana and nutella, definitely!

  • Sues November 8, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’ve been adding cranberries to smoothies all over the place lately! I love this time of year! Now I need to try one with oranges, too 🙂

  • Natalie H. November 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Smoothies are one of the few ways I can get my kids to eat enough fruits and vegetables! I would make smoothies everyday for breakfast. I enjoy making different types of green smoothies with spinach.

  • Sherrie November 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Mmmmm….. frozen raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, one banana, one tablespoon of peanut butter, teaspoon of honey, 1% milk and 1/8 cup of half and half whipping cream. DE-LISH!

  • Sherrie November 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Just tweeted.

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely November 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I’d make my *favorite* smoothie which is frozen strawberries, banana, orange juice and a big handful of spinach. Yum!

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely November 8, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Just tweeted : )


  • Carl Sanders November 8, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Definitely would make an Orange Creamsicle smoothie.

  • Shawnte M. November 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I would make a peanut butter and banana smoothie! This would be perfect for my upcoming tonsillectomy!

  • Abigail r November 8, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I love blackberry/peach smoothies, but now I want to try a cranberry one!

  • Carol November 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I love making smoothies with Kale, celery, strawberries, blueberries, grapes with either rice milk or V-8 light. Soooo good.

  • Nicole November 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I would make a Peanut Butter Banana smoothie using spinach, a frozen banana, PB2, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and vanilla greek yogurt! YUM!

  • Nancy A. November 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I would make a fruit smoothie that I love, it is apple, banana, pineapple and orange. So refreshing. But, there are several more I like that take almond milk, bananas, spinach and some cacao powder. They are all good and I need a new blender like this!!!

  • alexandra @ sweet betweens blog November 8, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I legit usually don’t save smoothie recipes because I don’t usually think they’re that creative or out of the box. This one? Sounds so freaking delicious that I’ve pinned it and am crossing all my fingers and toes that I might win so I CAN MAKE THIS ONE. YUM.

  • Sonya Lamb November 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I will make any and all cranberry smoothies to celebrate smoovember! I LOVE cranberries! How about a cranberry sauce smoothie?!

  • Sonya Lamb November 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    AND…I just tweeted this!

  • alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] November 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    also – chirp, chip, tweet, tweet!

  • Stephen November 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    My all time favorite smoothie, that I don’t make anymore (because I apparently am allergic to bananas) is frozen bananas, blueberries, chocolate coconut water, peanut butter and whey protein. Nothing like a ridiculously rich and smooth (not to mention protein-filled) “milkshake” to start your day…

  • Chelai November 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I make a breakfast smoothie with bananas, oatmeal, berries and milk. Great way to start the day. Haven’t made it in ages!

  • Lesley Eats November 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I’m not really sure, but I know it would have mango and coconut milk in it!

  • Lesley Eats November 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I tweeted! @lesleyeats

  • KaySue November 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I like making strawberry and banana smoothies.

  • Bethany November 8, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Definitely gotta try this smoothie! I like the amount of tart ingredients – and maybe not freezing all my fruit has been my problem thus far!

  • Melissa November 9, 2013 at 1:30 am

    orange juice, strawberries, banana, and a handful of spinach

  • Anna B. November 9, 2013 at 4:02 am

    As a chai addict, I would totally make this chai smoothie.

    Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!

  • Anna B. November 9, 2013 at 4:04 am

    I tweeted! https://twitter.com/AyeAyeOnTheRun/status/399115087610269697

  • Sue (KyddSR) November 9, 2013 at 5:46 am

    I have a go-to smoothie I make, but I definitely need to change it up more! My normal smoothie is: frozen mixed berries w/cherries (from TJ’s), banana, almond butter, chia seeds, almond milk & sometimes a splash of OJ.

  • Sue (KyddSR) November 9, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Tweet tweet tweet!

  • Jaclyn S November 9, 2013 at 7:46 am

    This blender looks great! I would make a strawberry banana smoothie with orange juice and Greek yogurt

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

    My blender just broke so I’ve been in the market for a new one. If I win, I’ll make my favorite smoothie: banana, frozen berries, spinach, soy milk, maybe even a little peanut butter!

  • Val in MN November 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Banana, frozen fruit, milk and protein powder. YUM!

  • Jason de Koff November 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I would make a banana blueberry smoothie!

  • Natalie November 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I would make a strawberry smoothie with ice cream and peanut butter!

  • sharonjo November 9, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    My absolute favorite smoothie is made with fresh peaches, but it’s not exactly the season for that right now so I’d probably give the cranberry idea a try. It sounds (and looks!) delicious. Thank you.

  • sharonjo November 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/sharonjo2/status/399372648813039616

  • Jennifer OBrien November 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I would make a smoothie with banana, almond milk, almond butter and cocoa powder

  • Chris N November 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I have been wanting to make a green smoothie. Unfortunately my blender bit the dust, so new blender would be great!

  • ann w November 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I would make a strawberry banana smoothie

  • ann w November 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/justamuggle2/status/400306410468016129

  • Sara @ not so doughie November 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I would use the smoothie blender nearly every day. My favorite one to make: Blueberries, Kale & Pineapple. I use Greek yogurt and a splash of water for the base. So healthy and delicious. For something more decadent, I would do bananas, peanut butter & chocolate milk. Thanks for the new smoothie idea !

  • Julie November 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

    make a strawberry and vanilla yogurt smoothie thanks for th eigveaway

  • Sarah November 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I love to make smoothies with oatmeal, almonds, chocolate, and coffee. Also, when I make fruit smoothies I add spinach – it adds nutrients but you can’t taste it at all!

  • Sarah November 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I Tweeted! @sarahmartner