Blender Drinks

Jose Cuervo, you are a friend of mine.  I like to drink you with a little salt and lime. Shelly West

When I was in college, all the best blender drinks started with tequila.  Give me a bottle of tequila, a bag of ice, some limeade and little bit of triple sec and dash of salt and I’ll give you a concoction fit for Jimmy Buffet.  Unfortunately, back then, we usually ran out of limeade and/or tequila before we ran out of ice, so I usually had to improvise.  Here of some improvisational blender drinks you won’t find in any bartender’s guide.  For each recipe, start with a blender full of ice and add the rest of the ingredients.

Lemon Drop Light Margarita – Two packs of Chrystal Light Lemonade, 6 ounces of tequila* and a shot of triple sec.

Tequila Sunshine – a 6 ounce can of frozen orange juice, 6 ounces of tequila, water if you need it to get the blender run, and if you’ve got it, grenadine syrup or some sort of red juice or punch.  The plus of this particular concoction is that we could usually get orange juice and some sort of red juice in the vending machines in the dorm.

Gatorbites – 12 ounces of Gatorade (lemon lime is best but if you’re mixing with Gatorade you’ve probably already stepped over the line so be brave and try whatever you have), 6 ounces of tequila and a little salt.

Purple Poison – 2 packages of grape Chrystal Light, 6 ounces of Tequila, a little bit of water.  This one also works with 6 ounces of whiskey with no notable decrease in taste.  Either way, this is probably not the recipe to start with.  I think it goes down much better at the end of the evening.

These are definitely party drinks.  Most of the fun is scrounging through the pantries together looking for ingredients and laughing at the interesting results.  Watching people howl when they get brain freeze is pretty fun as well.  Still, I don’t recommend them.

Here’s the best basic frozen margarita recipe:  One 6 ounce can of frozen limeade, 6 ounces of tequila (one limeade can full)  and 3 ounces (half a limeade can) of triple sec.  Add ice and, if necessary, a little water and blend away.  If you like salt, dip your glass in a bowl of lime juice and then in a bowl of margarita or sea salt.

*These recipes all start with 6 ounces of tequila.  If you want to be able to walk, cut the tequila in half.


About reginasewell

I am a counselor, psychodramatist, writer, healing practitioner and college professor. I have a monthly column, "InsightOut" in Outlook (, an essay, "Sliding Away" in "Knowing Pains" and a book out "We're Here! We're Here! We're Queer! Get Used to Us!" My goal, through my writing, counseling and teaching is to help people heal from the emotional wounds and limiting beliefs that keep them from living engaging and meaningful lives.
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