Frozen mixed drink recipes

Recipes for popular frozen or blended mixed drinks. If you have basic ingredients, ice, and a blender, you are more than ready.

Frozen cocktails can be dangerous, because they are so delicious! Often there is barely an essence of alcohol in the flavor, just great taste. It is very easy for these fabulous concoctions to sneak up on you, and they pack quite a punch! People often shy away from serving blended mixed drinks at parties; for fear that they are too complicated. However, if you have basic ingredients, ice or ice cream, and a blender, you are more than ready.

To prepare a basic frozen mixed drink simply combine ingredients in a blender, add ice to about half full, and blend to a slushy consistency (roughly five seconds). Many frozen mixed drinks are served with a "rimmed glass"; to achieve this simply wet the rim of the empty glass on a damp sponge and dip into your rimmer of choice. The most common ones for blended drinks are coarse salt and powdered sugar, though several specialty companies now offer colored and flavored granulated sugar.

The two most popular frozen drinks by far are margaritas, traditional or fruit flavored, and fruit flavored daiquiris. There are many fruits commonly used for the margaritas and daiquiris, including raspberry, strawberry, peach, mango, banana and orange (made with blue curacao). For an added effect after you pour the frozen concoction into the glass, pour a colorful shot onto the top right before serving. Chambord and Midori are great choices for this.

Margarita - 1 ½ oz. tequila, ¾ oz. triple sec, 1 oz. lime juice, ¼ - ½ c. fruit if desired. Rim with salt.

Daiquiri - 1 oz. rum, 1 oz. lemon lime soda, ¼- ½ c. fruit. Rim with sugar.

Jolly Rancher - 2 oz. sour pucker schnapps, ¼ c. fruit or lemonade, 1 oz. sweet and sour. This is my favorite! Consider watermelon schnapps and strawberries, or green apple and lemonade for great combinations.

Piña Colada -1 oz. Malibu rum, 1 oz. pineapple juice, ½ oz. half and half or milk (If you don't have Malibu or another coconut flavored rum, you will need to add 1 oz. regular rum and 1 oz. coconut milk - omit regular milk)

Frozen Glow - 1 oz. blue curacao, 1 oz. midori, 1 oz. sweet and sour

Banana Boat - 1 banana, 1 oz. milk, 2 oz. Malibu rum, 2 oz. pineapple juice

There are several delicious ice cream drinks, though just make sure there aren't any children around! For frozen ice cream drinks, you make them the same way, substituting three scoops of vanilla ice cream and 2 oz. milk or half and half for the ice in the blender.

Grasshopper - ¾ oz. green crème de menthe, ¾ oz. white crème de cacao, chocolate syrup to garnish

Brandy Alexander - 1 ½ oz. brandy, 1 oz. dark crème de cacao

Mudslide - 1 oz. vodka, 1 oz. Kahlua, 1 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream, drizzle with chocolate syrup

Smith and Kearns - 1 ½ oz. Kahlua, 1 ½ oz. white crème de cacao (Add crushed Oreos for a Cookies and Cream - Top with whipped cream)

Pink Squirrel - 1 oz. crème de almond, ¾ oz. white crème de cacao

Golden Cadillac - 1 oz. Galliano, 2 oz. white crème de cacao

Peaches "˜n Cream - 2 oz. peach schnapps, 1 oz. vanilla schnapps (Can substitute blueberry or strawberry schnapps for peach)

Rootbeer Float - 2 oz. rootbeer schnapps, ½ oz. vanilla schnapps

Bananas Foster - 1 ½ oz. spiced rum, ½ oz. banana liquer, 1 banana

Creamsicle - 1 ½ oz. amaretto, 1 ½ oz. orange juice

Frozen drinks are always a crowd favorite, no matter what time of year. They are relatively easy to make, and the ice cream drinks enable us to partake in a decadent dessert without the guilt. Now all that's left is to make a quick trip for supplies, get out the blender, and invite all the people you want to impress!

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