OK, so I shared my noisy-but-effective blender technique for making frozen summer drinks in last week's blog. And I gave you a general, all-purpose starter recipe to mess with for daiquiris and frozen margaritas. High atop the Potter building this week, we played a bit with the formula and came up with two winners. We're still tweaking a bit, but I thought you'd like to give 'em a shot.
The proportions are for one drink, but I'd never go to this trouble unless I had guests--or unless Mr. Potter and I were in SERIOUS need of more than one pick-me-up apiece. You can probably multiply this by four and fit it in your blender. Takes a little experience to know how much you can freeze at once. And if you're entertaining, it makes all the sense in the world to mix batches of these drinks ahead of time.
1) The Frozen Pomegranate Margarita
2 oz OK-enough, not mad expensive tequila (Sauza's fine here, really)
2 oz Pomegranate juice (Pom's fine)
1-2 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
1-2 oz orange liqueur, either triple sec or Curacao (or if you can get your hands on some Pomegranate liqueur, try that)
Pour into a blender and taste before freezing with at least two cups of ice cubes or crushed ice (see last week's blog for how). The drink should taste WAY more concentrated than something you'd drink "up", in a cocktail glass. While the blender is whirling, run a spent lime hull over an interesting glass--a good-sized one, as this will fluff up considerably. Dip the lip of the glass in kosher salt and tap off the excess. Check the blender and see if you need a little more ice to make a nice consistency--you want a straw to stand up. Pour into the glass & yum. A quarter lime wheel looks nice as a garnish.
2) Frozen Mango Daiquiri
2 oz amber rum
2 oz mango nectar (Goya and Hero both make good ones, bottled)
1 oz fresh lime juice or more to taste
1/2 to 3/4 oz EACH apricot brandy and triple sec
Taste for balance and freeze as above. Garnish with a lime half-wheel or a sprig of mint.
Ready, set, slurp! See you on the air tomorrow at four!