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Am I doing this right? Regarding: Blending
Finleyville
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Joined: Apr 08, 2009
Posts: 18
From: Steeler Nation
Posted: 2013-04-27 03:44 am   Permalink

My cheap blender just died. My wife chose one of those "Ninja" blenders too. I haven't made any tiki drinks yet but am concerned because this thing is a beast. It has a long shaft with three LEVELS of cutting blades rising all the way to the top of the carafe.

On my old blender I HAD to hand crush the ice first because the blender would only pulverize the bottom 1/2" of the ice and the rest would just sit there and not mix at all. However, now I am afraid that I will not be able to serve these "frozen" tiki drinks because all I will be left with is a watered down drink with no ice to be found anywhere.

I will have to play the pulse game and see if I can duplicate my great results from my cheap blender.
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Tonga Tiki
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Joined: Nov 14, 2006
Posts: 147
From: The Tonga Lounge in Safety Harbor, FL
Posted: 2013-04-27 07:09 am   Permalink

Not sure if you want to go to the expense...but if you want to set your self up properly go with a separate ice crusher and a Hamilton Beach mixer. The mixer that looks like you make shakes with. This way you avoid any dilution of the drink, plus you get the correct mixing from a pulse without blades crushing the added ice even more.

 
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GentleHangman
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Joined: Jun 23, 2006
Posts: 432
From: Stuart, Florida
Posted: 2013-04-27 1:19 pm   Permalink

I agree with Tonga Tiki . . .a seperate top-down mixer (with 2 or three speeds) is invaluable for mixing drinks. It beats the heck of a hand shaker, doesn't mangle up the ice too, and gives the drink a nice froth on top. Also, a seperate ice crusher is MUST - don't rely on a general blender to crush ice properly. When I make 'frozen' colada-type drinks, I crush the ice first in my Waring Pro ice crusher then blend the drink in my blender. The key: SEPARATES!


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Tonga Tiki
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Joined: Nov 14, 2006
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From: The Tonga Lounge in Safety Harbor, FL
Posted: 2013-04-28 03:10 am   Permalink

The Waring pro is what I use. You can buy it on Amazon.

 
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TikiHardBop
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Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 399
From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2013-04-29 10:15 am   Permalink

I have a Ninja and it works great for crushing ice and I've had no problems with it watering down drinks. Since the Ninja has the "tower of blades", you don't have to be so careful about adding crushed ice. You can use cubes and it crushes them to whatever consistency you like so quickly that you don't have to worry about over-dilution.

I bought an extra pitcher, and I can use that just for crushed ice when needed.
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