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What is a Frozen Margarita Maker?

Cassie L. Damewood
Cassie L. Damewood

A frozen margarita maker is a small electronic blending appliance specifically designed to mix the popular alcoholic drink called a frozen margarita. It is distinguished from a traditional blender by its ability to easily crush and shave ice while mixing the drink. The appliance is traditionally used in residential kitchens and in pool and deck environments equipped with electrical outlets.

Simplicity of use is one of the most popular features of a frozen margarita maker. The instructions generally advise to first crush the ice and then add the alcohol and margarita mix or similar desired ingredients. The length of the blending process dictates the viscosity of the finished product.

Most margaritas are made with tequila, lime juice and Cointreau.
Most margaritas are made with tequila, lime juice and Cointreau.

While marketed specifically to mix margaritas, the machine can be successfully used to mix any drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, which incorporates ice into the recipe to create a partially frozen, slushy consistency. It can also be used to mix drinks without ice although its blades and power may over mix the ingredients if caution is not used. The device may also be used to crack or crush ice to be used in other culinary applications.

Although many residential blenders claim they can successfully crush ice, they typically do not perform the task very well. The ice that is crushed first often becomes lodged in the bottom of the blender and impedes the blending process. Traditional blenders also commonly break down the ice unevenly. A frozen margarita maker has specially designed blades to create an even blend of shaved and crushed ice.

Another advantage customarily attributed to the frozen margarita maker is the strength and durability of its motor. Most models have a heavy-duty motor that holds up well when handling jobs such as ice crushing. The drink maker’s motor is also designed to remain cool with repeated use, which is often necessary when making frozen drinks for a party or social gathering. A conventional blender is designed for mixing liquids or chopping small amounts of foods. Its motor will often overheat or burn out when repeatedly used for taxing jobs.

Depending upon the brand and model chosen, a frozen margarita mixer may be sold with accessories to increase its market appeal. These added components commonly include pitchers for serving that free up the machine to make more drinks. Some models include an insulated ice hopper that holds enough ice to make several batches in a row.

Other features that appeal to consumers include the ease of dismantling the machine for cleaning. Being dishwasher safe is another attribute that many find appealing. Warranties that cover the machine’s parts and motor are highly desirable.

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    • Most margaritas are made with tequila, lime juice and Cointreau.
      By: Andres Rodriguez
      Most margaritas are made with tequila, lime juice and Cointreau.