Not only is it almost summer - it’s already Memorial Day Weekend. Which means we’re legally obligated to teach you how to make frozen, blended beverages that are perfect for when you want to drink something cold and reminisce about sprinklers, water slides, and all those times you went to summer camp and didn’t kiss anyone.
The first thing you need to know about making frozen drinks is that they’re just like normal drinks. In other words, if you add too much water, they won’t really taste like anything. Instead, we’re going to tell you about the secret to achieving a smooth, creamy drink that you’d otherwise only get out of a professional-grade slushy machine: freezing your ingredients first. Let’s get into it.
If anyone ever tells you that you need to use five cups of ice for a Frozen Margarita, it’s important that you nod politely and disregard this information. What you really want to do is freeze all your ingredients first. That way, you’ll only need a small amount of ice - and your drink will actually taste like a Margarita, rather than 10 ounces of super cold water.
Frozen Palomas have the magical ability to make you feel as though you’ve just landed face first in a pile of shaved ice that tastes like tequila and grapefruit. They’re perfect for warm summer days or whenever you have the time to sip a drink slowly enough that it doesn’t hurt your brain.
Read this Piña Colada guide, and in about three hours you’ll have a drink in your hand that will make you feel like you’re laying in the sun on the deck of a cruise ship called The Helen Mirren.
Frozen Daiquiris don’t get the respect they deserve, and there are, most likely, two main reasons for this. First off, there are lots of chain restaurants and bars that serve novelty-sized Frozen Daiquiris with enough sugar to permanently dilate your pupils. There are also a bunch of Frozen Daiquiri recipes out there that tell you to use way too much ice - which leads to watery, bland drinks. There’s nothing we can do about the novelty-sized cocktails at present, but the least we can do is take you by the hand and show you how to make a proper Frozen Daiquiri.