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Am I doing this right? Regarding: Blending
Finleyville
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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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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
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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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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
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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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NuiNui
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Posted: 2015-04-11 03:54 am   Permalink

Seems like as good as anyplace to post this question.

Let's say I make my drink, add the specified amount of crushed ice(following Total Tiki app), mix for 5 secs with my top-down mixer, pour it into a mug and it turns out that I've chosen a mug that's a bit too big and leave too much head space.

Is it ok to add more fresh crushed ice to the top to make the drink more visually appealing? Or will this dilute the drink?

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AdOrAdam
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From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2015-04-12 02:39 am   Permalink

The way I see it there are a few solutions:

- add more ice & reblend (as long as the drink doesn't become too diluted or the glass / mug too full of ice)
- add a large ice cube or some additional cubes to fill the glass / mug (it's worth giving the drink a quick secondary blend / shake so the ice isn't sitting on top)
- use a smaller glass / mug
- increase the proportions of the drink


 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2015-04-12 10:50 am   Permalink

two words:

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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2015-04-13 06:13 am   Permalink

It's pretty typical for a drink to not fill whatever glass you are using. Adding crushed ice to fill is the right thing to do.
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-04-13 08:02 am   Permalink

The Trader Vic Mai Tai is blended with the blender spinning to the right,
While the Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai is blended with the blender spinning to the left.
You need a blender that can go in reverse to make a true Don Beach Mai Tai.

you spin my Mai Tai right round official video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGNiXGX2nLU

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NuiNui
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Posted: 2015-04-13 5:34 pm   Permalink

Actually, according to the Total Tiki app, the Mai Tai is shaken and poured. Why is it not blended? For more dilution?

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-04-13 5:46 pm   Permalink

Well my first post here was a joke.
"Why is it not blended?"

I think at the Kahiki Skip Davis the bartender put his Mai Tai in a blender and gave it a quick pop to make his Mai Tai.

On the last night they were filming a bit for the movie channel and skip made a drink and the guy goes "CUT"
Skip put his hand on top of the blender because they had lost the top to it some time ago and he just
used his hand to keep the drinks in as it blended, Yum!


 
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NuiNui
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Posted: 2015-04-13 9:52 pm   Permalink

I read that 3 times and still don't understand what you said.

But thanks anyway:)


 
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