During my days as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, air conditioning was rare, and the pleasure of savoring a cold, sweet beverage increased proportionally as a means of enduring or even transcending the sweltering temperatures of the hot season, March – May. Visiting Thailand’s night markets brings delight and many kinds of treats throughout the year, but strolling out on a hot night to a busy, brightly lit market with tables set out for customers made me happy, partly because I knew a drink-stand serving gluay bahn was likely to be nearby . All you need are ripe sweet bananas, a little water and sugar syrup, and ice cubes, and a blender powerful enough to chop that ice into freezing delicious banana-flavored “snow”. I smile everytime I make these (which is often), because the zzzzzzzzzzzrrrrrrr buzzing energetic whirring of the blender creates in me a pavlovian response. The only time I heard that sound back in my Peace Corps days was when I was sitting at a rickety table in a night market, with friends and after a wonderful Thai meal somewhere, home or out, waiting for our multiple orders of gluay bahn to be brought to our table in tall soda-fountain style glasses, with straws.