DO YOU LIKE PIÑA COLADAS? Do you dream of wasting away in Margaritaville? Mixing up a pool or porch side frosty cold drink is one of the best things about summertime in New Orleans. We’ve selected the ultimate ice-smashing, smoothie making blenders for power, style and even an economical (read, replaceable) option for the pool house or beach house.
Vitamix has a name and reputation that promises (and delivers) professional quality blending for almost any occasion. With five pre-programmed settings, the Vitamix is equally at home in a busy family kitchen as it is behind the bar — pureeing for soups, blending for smoothies and crushing for frozen drinks. Available in brushed stainless, copper, black and red.
Design and Function
A blender that is so hip, you’ll want to keep it on your countertop instead of banishing it to the appliance barn with your mixer and pasta maker. The SMEG retro blender even won the “Good Design” award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. It has four speeds and three pre-programmed settings for smoothie, ice crush and pulse Even better, it’s available in eight colors, from cherry red to pastel blue, mint green and pink.
Maximum Marg. Results
The Ninja Smart Screen Blender DUO may quickly become the workhorse of your kitchen and bar. The Ninja comes with a full-sized, 72-ounce blender and a single-serve 20-ounce cup for smoothies or blended drinks on the go. It also is a tech-lovers dream, with an easy touchscreen display and seven, pre-set programs for the ultimate in shakes, desserts, soups and daiquiris.
Sometimes you need a basic blender that does one thing, really well — mix up margaritas, daiquiris and frozen drinks at the beach house or, better yet, poolside. The Oster Classic Series Basic Blender does the job. A specially-designed “Crush Pro” blade is made professionally to crush and blend ice. The Oster has 10 different blade speeds and a power boost, that will frappe your drink in minutes.