Here’s what our blender experts recommend.
Use the best ingredients you can. Starting with the alcohol and fruit juice, use the best you have—and the freshest. The ice should be clean-tasting, with no hints of food odors that migrated from the refrigerator section.
Go easy on the blades. Try using cracked iced rather than big cubes, because it’s easier on the blender blades. Plus, it will crush faster. If your refrigerator doesn’t turn out crushed ice, crack the cubes by wrapping them in a kitchen towel, then hitting them with a mallet or small skillet.
Start with the liquids. Whatever your recipe, pour in the liquids first (juice, alcohol), then add the ice. Start the blender on a low speed, then gradually increase it. With top-performing blenders, the task goes fast—1 minute or 2 for a batch—depending on your blender. So watch closely to avoid overblending your drinks, or they’ll come out runny.