Today — August 17th, 2012 — is The Boat Galley’s second birthday! Last year, I posted a favorite birthday cake recipe. This year, it’s time for a celebratory drink . . . and while we normally drink iced tea, beer or wine, somehow a birthday seems to call for something a little more special. Say a margarita . . .
Sounds great — but what about the blender and the ice?
Luckily, a couple of weeks ago reader Diane Dashevsky gave me a great idea for blender drinks: pre-mixed drink pouches. One big advantage is that you can store them anywhere until you want to freeze/chill them.
If you have a freezer, they easily tuck into nooks and crannies. Since they don’t freeze solid, it’s okay if they’re sort of wedged in.
If you have a refrigerator, often you can get them to be “slushy” by putting them right up against the chill plate. And if you use a cooler, freeze the pouches at home and put them in the very bottom of the cooler under all the ice. Even if not still totally frozen, they’ll be icy cold.
An idea that I’ve had, but haven’t actually tried yet is to freeze the pouches into a block of ice. The biggest question would be whether you’d be able to break the ice block when you wanted the drinks . . .