The Top Five Tips for Making Frozen Drinks in a Blender

Making the perfect frozen drink requires an important kitchen appliance – a good blender – and some handy tips. You’ll be blending drinks like a pro in no time.

Making the perfect frozen drink requires an important kitchen appliance - a good blender - and some handy tips. You'll be blending drinks like a pro in no time.

Frozen alcoholic drinks really hit the spot. All the relaxing buzziness of an alcoholic beverage with the cold refreshing taste of a frozen treat is exactly what a hot day calls for. When ordering these up at a bar or restaurant, they come out perfectly, more often than not. But when you’re trying to blend up some frozen margaritas for your summer parties and they’re coming out a watery mess, you begin to realize there’s an art to creating a frozen beverage.

What do bartenders know that you don’t? And how can you improve your chances at blending together that perfect frozen alcoholic drink? Here are some tips and tricks that will help you achieve frozen beverage bliss.

1. Use a Powerful Blender

You need a blender that’ll do the job right. There’s nothing worse than having huge chunks of ice cube still floating around in your frozen drink. To that end, you need to use a high-powered blender. A Ninja, Blendtec or Vitamix should do the job nicely.

There are also frozen beverage machines, made solely for the task of creating the perfect frozen mixed drink. I would recommend one of these if you have the money to spend, as you know that they will have the specs to do exactly what you need them to do. Many of them even have a spout built into the machine so you can pour directly from the blender into a glass.

2. Use Crushed Ice

All too often people just dump a tray of ice cubes into a blender and expect that to be enough. Breaking down big bulky cubes into a manageable slush makes your blender work overtime. By using crushed ice, part of the blender’s job is already done. The end result gives you the perfect consistency, without having to over blend.

3. Don’t Blend for too Long

One of the easiest mistakes to make when creating a frozen beverage is letting the blender run for too long. Doing this can create a thin or runny beverage. Don’t sacrifice that perfect slushy consistency. It should be your end goal.

4. Use Frozen Fruit

If you’re using fruit in your frozen drink recipe, consider using frozen fruit rather than room temperature. Whether this means you freeze fresh fruit or buy pre-packaged frozen fruit from your grocery store, the end result will be thicker, with a more pleasing consistency. If you want more flavor, consider freezing the fruit yourself when it’s fresh.

5. Start the Blender on Low

Cranking up your blender to high speed is a common mistake made out of impatience or eagerness. Either way, it’s a great way to hurt your expensive blender blades. Start it off with a few pulses, just to start breaking up the ingredients. Then, move it to a low setting and slowly crank it up until you’re blending on high. A little patience goes a long way when creating the perfect frozen drink.

So, there you have it! Five tips on how to create the perfect frozen beverage. What is your favorite frozen drink recipe? Sound off and let us know!

Making the perfect frozen drink requires an important kitchen appliance - a good blender - and some handy tips. You'll be blending drinks like a pro in no time.
Making the perfect frozen drink requires an important kitchen appliance - a good blender - and some handy tips. You'll be blending drinks like a pro in no time.

Kevin Kessler

Kevin J. Kessler is an experienced professional writer and published author living in Orlando, Florida. With a lifelong passion for food, this sandwich loving Italian boy enjoys exploring unanswered questions about the foods we all know and love so well. Kevin’s foodie lifestyle was born through his love of Walt Disney World and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. A lover of stories, he enjoys trying new dishes from all over the world and learning everything there is to know about where food comes from, how its prepared, and what variations on it exist.