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Jun 24, 2013 11:52 AM

Frozen drinks - blender vs freezer

When having a crowd over in the summer, I find it hard to keep up with blending frozen drinks. I want to make them in advance. My question is do the drink come out better if I blend them in advance and dump them in a container in the freezer than if I just mix them and freeze them in a container not using ice/blender?

Typically, I use ice, juice concentrate, vodka and sometimes a liqueur and blend it. If I did the freezer technique, it would just be juice, vodka and liqueur. I typically use enough alcohol that freezing solid wouldn't happen.

I am interested if there is a difference in texture between the 2 methods.

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  1. Unless you want all your guests to pass out you need the ice/water from blending to lower the strength, and make the drinks more palatable.

    Batch up the drink in advance and put in a bottle, then add to to blender with ice and blend at time of service. Don't chill the batched drink and keep at room temp.

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    1. re: JMF

      They both would have the exact same contents. It would just be substituting water for ice in the freezer version.

    2. My family strawberry daiquiri recipe is made in advance; I typically store it in one of those plastic gallon ice cream buckets. It works well...sometimes a little icy. I typically set it out on the counter and scoop it into glasses as we need it.