-

Jump to content



Photo
- - - - -

Is there a bartender in the house?


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
10 replies to this topic

#1 of 11 Colin Davidson

Colin Davidson

    Second Unit

  • 380 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 06 1999

Posted June 17 2004 - 02:56 AM

Now that summer is finally arriving in Seattle, I am looking for recommendations on a good heavy duty blender to make iced drinks - especially ones with tequila in them if you get my drift.

The standard blenders you get at Target/Sears just don't seem to have the power to crush the ice into a good slushy consistency so I am thinking that a bar type - professional blender is the investment to make.

Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated!

Regards,

Colin

#2 of 11 Mike Brogan

Mike Brogan

    Second Unit

  • 275 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 12 2002

Posted June 17 2004 - 03:45 AM

I'm not a bartender but I did find this behemoth, The Bar Boss. $439 and probably more blender than you'll ever need but it is a "professional" model.

http://www.acemart.c....VIM5028-LBL428

And now I'm thirsty.

more selection here:

http://www.acemart.c....gory_Code=A2-1

#3 of 11 Jeff Gatie

Jeff Gatie

    Lead Actor

  • 6,530 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 19 2002

Posted June 17 2004 - 03:57 AM

If you do not want to spend $400+, you can buy the consumer version of the classic Waring 2 speed blender

Waring Pro

or the stainless steel commercial version

Waring commercial

Either of these is more than enough for the toughest bar drinks and the consumer model is less expensive than some of the others that feature a gagillion useless buttons and a lousy motor. Two speeds is all you need for a blender, trust me. The commercial is overkill for the home, unless you want to grind rocks. I own the Waring Pro with a black base and it will probably outlast me.

Edit: Had 2 links to the same product.

#4 of 11 Kirk Gunn

Kirk Gunn

    Screenwriter

  • 1,612 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 16 1999

Posted June 17 2004 - 03:59 AM

I was a bartender at a Chi Chi's about 20 years ago, so I had plenty of experience with blended drinks. I actually went to mixology school which was a riot.

My personal blender is from Williams Sonoma, the Waring 60th Anniversary model. Excellent ice crushing ability with plenty of power. Glass container is extremly thick and durable.

http://ww1.williams-....e033&cmsrc=sch

Use plenty of ice in your drinks, along with plenty of booze. Keep mixers to a minimum and everyone will be happy !

#5 of 11 Grant B

Grant B

    Producer

  • 3,213 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 29 2000

Posted June 17 2004 - 07:37 AM

Bar Supply Distributers are pretty cool places to check out.
I once had a huge party and bought a gross of Martini glasses and bucket glasses without a problem (They are wholesale so great prices and no tax and they never asked me for ID)
You could probably get a great deal on a real pro model there
"Whatever it is, I'm against it!" G. Marx

Sony TAE/TAP/TAN(2)9000ES;DVP-CX860 DVP-CX777ES
Sony CDP-CX270 CDP-CX355 CDP-CX270 CDP-CX355
Sony S-TS 700ES XPR32450Pioneer Elite CLD 79 KEFs (5) Q75s & 20B Subwoofer

#6 of 11 MarkMel

MarkMel

    Screenwriter

  • 1,507 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 19 2003

Posted June 17 2004 - 07:57 AM

I have to say, I got one of the waring pro blenders. I could not for the life of me get it to make a smooth consistency daiquiri. So, I returned it. Bought a couple of different $100+ blenders, returned them too. I was flipping channels and went past QVC and saw this; http://www.qvc.com/a....xtDesc=blender

I said what the hell the price is right and if it sucks I'll return it. This thing works great. Crushes ice evenly, no chunks. I think that the mixing stick thing helps to crush the ice by pushing the chunks toward the impeller instead of bouncing around on top of it. It's noisy as hell, but I guess that you can't crush ice quietly. I don't know how long it will last, it's all plastic. I've used it a dozen times and everyone that tastes the drinks say where's the chunks. If I get two years out of it (it's used every weekend) I'll be happy and then go buy another.
"and no one seems to understand the glory of guitar, when out of tune, the off timing, the singers who can't sing, - the beauty of flaw!"

"I apologize if there is anyone in this room I have not offended" - Brahms

My Band - Charlie Don't Surf! https://www.facebook...arlieDontSurfCT

 


#7 of 11 Jeff Gatie

Jeff Gatie

    Lead Actor

  • 6,530 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 19 2002

Posted June 17 2004 - 07:58 AM

Colin,

Taking Grant's advice, I checked out the wholesale website listed by Mike Brogan above and it has other bar blenders. It looks like the two less expensive Warings are just like the one's I listed except no chrome/stainless finish. That may be the way to go. I know I have beat up my Waring pretty good over the years (it's about 6 years old) and it hasn't even breathed heavy yet. Other blenders I have used are just too underpowered (but they look cool with all them buttons and colors).

#8 of 11 Colin Davidson

Colin Davidson

    Second Unit

  • 380 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 06 1999

Posted June 19 2004 - 04:51 AM

A "well-blended" thanks to everyone for their advice.

I am going to go take a look at the Waring's and I even think I have a 20% off coupon for Bed, Bath and Beyond which would make the price very smooth.

Kirk - thanks for the mixing tip. Gonna be in the lower 80's today, looking forward to trying it out.

Regards,

Colin

#9 of 11 Mark Romero

Mark Romero

    Second Unit

  • 391 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 11 2000

Posted June 20 2004 - 12:41 AM

I have a Vita Mix that is about 5 years old. It wasn't cheap but it does make some killer drinks. Pretty powerful.

#10 of 11 Colin Davidson

Colin Davidson

    Second Unit

  • 380 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 06 1999

Posted June 19 2004 - 04:51 AM

A "well-blended" thanks to everyone for their advice.

I am going to go take a look at the Waring's and I even think I have a 20% off coupon for Bed, Bath and Beyond which would make the price very smooth.

Kirk - thanks for the mixing tip. Gonna be in the lower 80's today, looking forward to trying it out.

Regards,

Colin

#11 of 11 Mark Romero

Mark Romero

    Second Unit

  • 391 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 11 2000

Posted June 20 2004 - 12:41 AM

I have a Vita Mix that is about 5 years old. It wasn't cheap but it does make some killer drinks. Pretty powerful.