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Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Making The Best Summer Blender Drinks

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By Lawrence J. Reaves

Whether youre vacationing at the beach, or relaxing in the back yard, or on the balcony of your apartment building, a great way to chase away some of that summer heat is to enjoy a nice cold blended summer cocktail. The options are only limited by your imagination and your ability to search for new recipes.

More than the average chilled drink, a cocktail blended with ice or even ice cream is the perfect way to add some chill to triple digit temperatures. You can by the pre-mixed versions, but why waste the opportunity to toss in some of summers best fresh fruits?

Keep in mind that your home blender may not be able to handle ice or frozen fruit. So add them slowly until theyve been reduced. That makes for easier blending.

Here are some great recipes for summer blended drinks. Keep in mind that these are just the basics. Recipe books or websites will give you plenty of other variations that will fit your mood and your theme.

Or you can experiment and make your own version. Who knows? You just might develop the next sensation in frozen blender drinks.

Frozen Margarita

While no one knows for sure, it is generally accepted that the Margarita was invented in Mexico in 1941 by a bartender named Don Carlos Orozco.

This is the basic lime version. But there are plenty of other flavor options available.

What youll need:

1 cup of ice

1 oz. tequila

oz. Triple Sec

oz. lime juice

3 oz. sour mix

Lime wedges for garnish

Salt for the glass rim (optional)

What to do:

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Pour the ingredients into the blender

Blend until smooth

Salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass (salt is optional)

Pour the contents into the glass

Garnish with the lime wedge

Pia Colada

The Pia Colada was created in 1954 by Ramon “Monchito” Marrero Perez at the Beachcomber Bar in the Caribe Hilton of San Juan, Puerto Rico. He wanted to capture the tropics in a glass. Seems he did a pretty good job.

What youll need:

2 oz. white rum

6 oz. pineapple juice

1 oz. cream of coconut

Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pineapple wedge for garnish

1 oz. heavy cream

What to do:

Blend all ingredients with approximately 2 cups of ice.

Strain into a hurricane glass

Garnish with cherry and pineapple wedge


The story is that an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox, in Cuba at the time of the Spanish-American War, invented the Daiquiri, which is also the name of a beach near Santiago, Cuba.

What youll need:

1 oz. light rum

1 tbsp. Triple Sec.

1 oz. lime juice

1 cherry for garnish

1 cup crushed ice

What to do:

Combine ingredients in blender

Blend until firm

Pour into a glass such as a champagne flute

Top with cherry


A sweet mint-flavored, after-dinner drink that gets its name from the green color, the grasshopper is said to have orginated at Tujague’s in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It gained popularity in the American South in the 1950s and 1960s.

What youll need:

1 oz. white cream de cacao

1 oz. green crme de menthe

cup milk

1 scoop of vanilla ice cream

cup ice


What to do:

Blend crme de cacao, crme de menth, milk and ice cream until smooth

Add ice and blend to desired consistency

Pour into your favorite glass

Garnish with mint

For a special touch, sugar the rim of the glass

Give these recipes a try. But theres nothing that says you have to limit your enjoyment to just summer.

About the Author: Lawrence Reaves is a freelance writer who is knowledgeable in kitchen appliances like blenders and uses many recipes that you can find


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