When it comes to margaritas, on the rocks is good. Up is better. That said, there is a time and place (summer, Texas) when a frozen cocktail becomes urgently necessary. The trick is pulverizing the ice, a challenge for all but the brawniest of blenders. With that in mind, a couple of us gave up a Tuesday evening and a bit of sobriety to pit a $100 blender against a $200 Margaritaville Bahamas™ Frozen Concoction Maker (the most basic in an ambitious line of party-starting appliances). The results? The blender produced a slightly crunchy marg, while the Margaritaville, which first shaves the ice and then gets to mixing, delivered a silky smooth product. Honestly, we couldn’t tell much difference after the multiple batches required to settle on the recipe below. But, of course, that was our own damn fault.
- 1 blender
- 4 ounces silver tequila
- 3 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 2 ounces triple sec, like Cointreau
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 2 cups cocktail ice
- Throw everything in the blender (or the reservoirs of your marg machine).
- Pour into two chilled, salted glasses and enjoy (responsibly).