To celebrate warm weather with your friends, try out some delicious new recipes for blender drinks, refreshing frozen drink recipes. Something with champagne, perhaps?
And get the scoop on how to buy a bar blender that will do the job right.
Pictured: Blackberry-Strawberry Daiquiri with a mint and blackberry garnish, in a sugared glass
What could be better than a shaded patio or deck on a warm day, a few friends, and a few new frozen drinks for the blender.
Frozen drinks are festive, refreshing, and easy, easy easy. Serve some up for dessert, even. Your guests will love the alternative to heavy desserts.
And many are excellent with or without the alcohol.
Blender Drink Recipes for 4
Generally, in a recipe calling for ice, 4 ice cubes per serving
makes a slush and 8 makes a frozen drink. Your call. Personally, I
usually prefer 6. Use fresh ice only, no
been-in-the-freezer-too-long-with-the-fish taste allowed.
8 ounces frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, partially thawed
8 ounces orange juice
16 ounces chilled champagne
Combine sliced berries and juice in a blender and blend until
smooth. Pour over ice cubes or crushed ice in a parfait glass. Leave
room to top the glass with champagne. Garnish with a whole strawberry
and an orange slice.
2 ripe fresh peaches
8 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
8 ounces vodka
Combine all ingredients in a bar blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a highball glass.
I like to make this recipe with the addition of 4 or 5 ice cubes per serving and not quite as much liquor. It's not quite as sweet and potent that way, more suitable for a summer drink.
6 ounces Southern Comfort
6 ounces Kahlua
8 scoops vanilla ice cream
Combine all ingredients but the chocolate in a blender and blend
until smooth. Spoon the mixture into a cocktail glass and garnish with
4 teaspoons mint syrup (recipe below)
or 6 fresh mint leaves and 1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
8 ounces light rum, or 4 ounces light and 4 dark rum
Combine all ingredients in a bar blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a stemmed cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.
1/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
4 ounces light rum
4 ounces dark rum
1 cup slice strawberries
1/2 cups blackberries
Sugar for garnish, optional
Dissolve the sugar in boiling water and cool. Stir in the
lemon juice and rums. Pour the rum mixture into a bar blender and add the fruit
and desired amount of ice. Blend until smooth. Serve in stemmed cocktail
glasses. If you like, dampen the rim of the glasses and dip in sugar, before
adding the daiquiris, of course.
Substitute raspberries, peaches, bananas,
nectarines, or pineapple for the blackberry-strawberry combo. Or mix and match.
Crushing ice is the hardest thing a blender is called upon to do. Many poor blenders have sacrificed themselves to our Margaritas and Piña Coladas.
But bar blenders are different; they're designed to crush ice and make short work of our blender drinks.
Here are a few things to look for when purchasing a bar blender:
When is a good bar blender a bad idea? Peach Delight is one of my long-time favorite blender drinks. Once, I accidentally put the peach pits in the blender with the peaches and ice; darn if it didn't grind them up. Laetrile Delight, anyone?