The Boozy Blender

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by Bruce Weinstein, Mark Scarbrough

Blender + Ice + Booze = Party!

This whimsical salute to flavor and ice reinvents 60 classic cocktails. From simple to sophisticated, these blender drinks focus on fresh ingredients and are perfect for any occasion, every season, and all settings—deck, hearth, lounge, tailgate, or just at home. Recipes include:

·         Frozen Lemon Meringue Pie: Lemon Juice + Rum + Orgeat + Brandy
·         Watermelon-Strawberry-Basil-Balsamic Slush: Strawberries + Tequila + Triple sec + Vinegar
·         Fuzzy Black Currant Freeze: Black Currant + Lemon + Peach + Triple Sec
·         Fig and Falernum Frozen Daiquiri: Rum + Lime + Falernum + Fig Bitters
·         Passion Flower Power: Vodka + Passion Fruit + Cranberry + Elderflower

TSG Review

Frozen drink recipe book. I couldn’t wait to get started!

I followed all of these recipes exactly as written.

Frozen Godzillas

Frozen Godzillas Recipe

Pulled from the Deck section of the book this Midori flavored concoction turned out to be one of my favorites. If not for the Melon flavored liquor mixed with  orange juice and lemonade, the maple bacon accompaniment the book recommends was a nice sweet and salt balance to the drink.

Icy Sidecar

From the Lounge section of the book I picked an icy version of the classic WWI drink. This drink has a ton of alcohol in it but because of the bitter orange flavor from the Cointreau and tang from the lemon it hides it well, so be careful, it goes down easy but it’s a sledgehammer in disguise. The recipe even had a neat garish of sanding sugar on the rim.

 

 

Vermont Blizzard

I love cream drinks and when you add vanilla it’s even better. This one even added maple syrup making it a Canadian mudslide of sorts. This drink from the Hearth chapter is one that would be right at home by the fire in the dead of winter.

 

 

Frozen Slammer


The tailgating section was mostly drinks made with plenty of alcohol that college kids would be attracted to. My favorite drink name is Punch in the Face. I picked out one I remember drinking when I first turned twenty-one, The Alabama Slammer. This frozen version was no slouch. At a stupidly high proof the recommended garish for this makes total sense,”Serve with a small glass of water and two aspirin”.

Frozen Mango Margarita


I felt like I was in Hawaii again. A mango infused Margarita and gold tequila. Smooth and sweet!

Summary

With a few exceptions all the recipes make just two drinks making this a great book to share with somebody else or just drink them both yourself! There are 60 drink recipes with a good amount of variations but even then, most of them have just one step making these recipes really easy.

Place all ingredients in a large blender in the order listed. Cover and blend until a slush, stopping the machine as necessary to shake down the canister, less than 1 minute. Divide between two large glasses.

Many also have a snack or garnish recipes to go with a particular drink. There are some good tips on making the perfect frozen drink and it shows how to make homemade ingredients like grenadine and simple syrup. All the recipes I tried out were good enough that I would make them again and a few I already have.

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