A cocktail is a well know drink globally and is enjoyed all around the world. It involves combining fresh fruits and juices, mixed with crushed ice and alcohol to create a great tasting beverage. The cocktail is synonymous with beach front and tropical settings, but can also be seen in bars or at events and parties.
The cocktail is believed to have come from Italian culture. The Italians have been making a drink called the frozen granita for centuries. This involves shaving ice off a large block and crushing it. This is then mixed with available juices, such as lemon, orange and watermelon. This would ultimately create a slushie like beverage, which is enjoyed by both kids and adults.
The granita laid the platform for the frozen cocktail. People starting adding left over bits of alcohol into the granita which formed an alcoholic slushie. From here people came up with different recipes and today there are hundreds of cocktail recipes.
Making a cocktail can be pretty easy. It is just a matter of mixing some juices and alcohol. However, a frozen cocktail is a little bit more challenging. To make one, you need about half a kilo of ice. This needs to be broken down into smaller pieces. To achieve this, you can use a few techniques. The first is to use a blender. This is the easiest way. All you do is put the ice inside and blend for 30 seconds and it will finish in a nice slushie texture. You can also use a pestle and mortar and break down the ice, doing only a handful at a time.
Once you have the ice into a crushed form, you can then start mixing the rest of the ingredients. So, to make a tequila sunrise, you would need a few ingredients. You would need 2 peaches, a handful of raspberries, 100ml of tequila and a fresh lime. You need to chop up all the fruit into small pieces. You can then blend or use the pestle and mortar to crush. You mix this into a jug with your crushed ice and stir thoroughly. You can then add the tequila. This will also help to break down the fruit a bit so it is in more of a liquid consistency for easier drinking. Then all you need to do is squeeze in one fresh lime and mix together and you will have a refreshing cocktail.
With today’s modern technology you don’t have to go to all this effort if you don’t want to. There is a machine available on the market which automates this whole process. It is commonly know as the slushie machine or the cocktail machine. All you need to do is pour in ready to go juice or flavouring, There are hundreds of ready to go cocktail mixes available so you don’t have to mix any fresh fruits. The best part is the cocktail machine turns the liquid into ice after sixty minutes, so you don’t need to add any ice. A spinning auger inside the slushie machines mixes all the juice and ice and then you can just pull down the handle and the drinks are ready. The downside to these machines are that they are expensive to buy. You can hire a cocktail machine relatively cheap from a party hire supplier if you only need to use it occasionally.
Frozen cocktails are delicious whether you make them by hand or use a slushie machine.