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CincyTikiCraig
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From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Posted: 2014-05-03 9:13 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-05-02 16:48, wizzard419 wrote:
So... now I'm confused. You're looking for a device to mix drinks but doesn't crush ice or breaks up fruit?

Why wouldn't a standard shaker be able to do that?



Here's what a top-down mixer does that shaking or a standard blade blender can't. The Black Magic in the first picture is how my Black Magic turned out by shaking. The second picture is how it looked when blended with crushed ice in my new Hamilton Beach mixer:









 
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happy buddha
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Posted: 2014-05-03 9:33 pm   Permalink

Nice Craig! Play around w/ the way you blend; ie 4 short pulses on low vs 5 sec on high etc to get that 'perfect' froth, where not too much of the rum is mixed into the froth.

I find a few short bursts on high, left to settle completely between bursts, works nearly every time. But it depends on the drink..


 
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wizzard419
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Posted: 2014-05-03 11:52 pm   Permalink

If you're trying to get froth, I can assure you a shaker can do a froth like in the second drink you might just not have enough head room in your shaker to allow for froth. It's not like the Ramos Gin Fizz and other cocktails use a shake machine.

 
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CincyTikiCraig
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Posted: 2014-05-04 12:26 am   Permalink

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On 2014-05-03 23:52, wizzard419 wrote:
If you're trying to get froth, I can assure you a shaker can do a froth like in the second drink you might just not have enough head room in your shaker to allow for froth. It's not like the Ramos Gin Fizz and other cocktails use a shake machine.



The Ramos Gin Fizz etc use egg whites to get a frothy head.


 
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wizzard419
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Posted: 2014-05-04 10:01 am   Permalink

They are extreme foam, other cocktails do not use albumen to get the froth. If you don't have enough space in your shaker (such as it being too full) for the air to incorporate, or using enough ice, it won't froth nearly as well.

 
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TropicDrinkBoy
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Posted: 2014-05-04 10:14 am   Permalink

I use my top down mixer for larger communal drinks like the Rum Keg, Scorpion Bowl or Tiki Bowl or for strong smaller drinks served in larger than double Old Fashioned vessels, like the Tiki Puka Puka which has the equivalent of 4 ounces of 80 proof and can take the additional chilling/dilution of a long mixing cycle.

 
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Kill Devil
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Posted: 2014-05-05 07:51 am   Permalink

Question - will the top down mixer help crush ice, or is it a given that one must always crush ice before mixing? My current "regular" blender does too thorough of a job crushing ice, so I have to limit use to just a few pulses.

 
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Merlino
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Posted: 2014-05-05 08:08 am   Permalink

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On 2014-05-05 07:51, Kill Devil wrote:
Question - will the top down mixer help crush ice, or is it a given that one must always crush ice before mixing? My current "regular" blender does too thorough of a job crushing ice, so I have to limit use to just a few pulses.



It will not help crush your ice, it simply isn't designed to do that.

@Adam: I have that exact top down mixer, I'm very happy with it. I did buy it on the Bay for around $45, though.


 
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Kill Devil
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Posted: 2014-05-05 08:57 am   Permalink

Thanks! Now that we're on the topic, I recall pretty much every drink I've ordered at Tiki Ti going under a top down mixer, thinking of Tiki joints where the drink making process was visible (vs Mai Kai, etc)

 
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