Cocktail Corner: Will it blend?
We’ll begin our blend-venture with a couple of basic tropical drinks that can be made simply with store-bought drink mix, ice and liquor. The margarita is traditionally made with tequila.
Remember, when you’re mixing, always cut costs by purchasing the cheapest available. If you want to be especially fancy, you can salt the rims. Margarita mix comes in many flavors, and I encourage you to try them all. Daiquiris are also great, and again, store-bought drink mix is best here. Just add cost-effective rum and ice, and you have a party. You can garnish the glass with fresh fruit in lieu of a salted rim. The strawberry daiquiri is a Caribbean classic that is extremely popular on American shores.
Next, it’s time for a game-changer: ice cream! Adding ice cream to your blended alcoholic drinks makes them more like milkshakes in texture. And, everyone loves milkshakes. Why not have the best of both worlds? One great ice cream infusion drink is a twist on a classic drink made famous by a classic movie: the White Russian. The drink of choice of The Dude (from “The Big Lebowski,” but I shouldn’t have to tell you that), a White Russian, is traditionally made with vodka, coffee liqueur and cream. We’re throwing out normal cream and using ice cream instead! Put two shots of vodka, 2.5 shots of Kahlúa and two scoops of ice cream into a blender. Then, blend and serve. If you make it with light rum instead of vodka, you’ve just made a Hummer.