4 Easy steps to blending your own cocktail2012 Dec 30 | Written by: Katherine Cortes | Tags: Blenders, Cocktails
Why make a blended cocktail?
Sipping a cocktail is simply refreshing, especially on those warm summer days in Australia. It’s good to serve, along with little plates of hors d’oeuvres, when you’re hosting parties or just having a small gathering of close friends.
If you have a blender at home, you can mix your own choice of cocktails. Take note, though, that blending cocktails is a craft in itself.
So whether you want to do this at home, in a friend’s house, or as a staple in a bar, you need to know the basics and run a few practices to make sure you get it right.
Clean and check if your blender is working right, and simply follow these instructions.
How to make a blended cocktail?
- Add liquors, syrup, and fruit juices to the pitcher. You can add tropical fruits such as bananas and mangoes or other fresh fruit, preferrably sliced 1 cm thick. A blender can do wonders to purée fruits, so you’ll get to have the rich, ripe flavors in your cocktail. Remember to add these before the ice to make sure the ingredients are all properly mixed.
- Add crushed ice. Ice cools the drinks and helps in mixing the ingredients. Never use ice cubes in a blender because the blender’s small engine cannot handle the strain and will eventually burn out. Add just a few cups of crushed ice, adding more as necessary or when the mixture is too watery. Try not to put too much to avoid diluting the drink.
- Secure the lid in place. Blend first at a slow speed before going on a fast whir. Do this for 10 seconds or until the drink is smooth.
- Open the lid and stir the content to check for chunks of ice. If there are still pieces of ice, repeat the blending process until you come up with a smooth, chunk-free cocktail.
Basically, all you have to do is add the ingredients in the pitcher, the ice, and blend. It’s not complicated, but you have to do it right. It’s also way simpler than before, when you had to slave, shaving blocks of ice for a couple of hours to get enough for a few cocktails. The credit goes to blenders, which are an ideal tool for making cocktails because of their low cost and power to mix quickly.
There are various types of blenders on the market, so check what fits you best. For instance, if your sole intent is making frozen drinks, better opt for a frozen drink blender than its standard counterpart.
What else can be made with a blender?
There’s also a range of cocktail recipes to choose from. There are martinis, tall drinks such as the Bloody Mary and Long Island Iced Tea, tropical drinks such as a Piña Colada, and many others. You can custom-make your own cocktail by using different ingredients and spirits and with varying quantities according to your preferred taste. Try using passion fruit juice, for instance, instead of the more common pineapple fruit juice to whip up a Passion Colada. There are basically no hard rules to follow.
After blending a cocktail, you can also add garnishes such as umbrellas or fruit slices, whatever you think looks good for presentation. Pass these around before dinner, during afternoon brunch, or during your friends’ happy hours. Sit back, enjoy, and relax.