It's really quite easy to perfectly crush ice in a blender when you know the right steps:
- Drop ice cubes into the blender glass.
- Let them rest for 5 minutes. A tiny bit of moisture or melting will occur. This will aide in giving friction with the blades once you start.
- Pulse using the chop setting about 5-10 times depending upon how many ice cubes you add.
- Pour in your flavor content, such as alcohol mixture.
- On chop setting, blend until all ice cubes are completely crushed.
Some Important Notes:
- On Blenders: If you are in the market for a blender, get one that has a narrow glass base. The blades will better push the content up into the glass. This better circulates the content upward. A wide base glass allows some content to settle under the blades. Thus, it is necessary to frequently stop and using a wooden spoon manually stir up the content under the blade to above the blade. Very annoying.
- How much Alcohol to use: Because you will be using lots of ice, you may need to add extra alcohol than what your recipe calls for.
- First chill your glass(es) and your alcohol. This will really keep your drink chilled.
How I made my Frosty Margaritas
I used 35 ice cubes and 3.5 ounces of a margarita mix per 10 ice cubes. My glasses and the alcohol mix were pre-chilled. I lined the rim of the glasses with lime and dipped the rim into coarse salt. Following the steps above, I used a Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita (tm) mix. This approach turned out to be a bit pricey. This is a wonderful margarita mix that includes Grande Marnier(r). But the frosting really required a lot of the mixture, at least for my taste. Generally, I just shake the mixture in ice in a glass jar and then strain it into a rim salted martini glass. When frosting, I think I would just make the margarita from scratch.