Margaritaville Tahiti Frozen Concoction Maker
Each summer we host a barbecue for around 20 people. Know what cooking for 20 people is called—it’s catering. To execute it successfully, I’ve learned to outsource some tasks and that’s where the Tahiti comes in.
While Jimmy Buffett’s not my style, musically, a nearly endless supply of frozen mojitos is. When I unboxed the Tahiti it was a little intimidating: Three jugs, a few loose parts, and a massive base that, all told, is about 30 pounds once you assemble it. But, using it is pretty simple and once you demo it for a guest, they’re often doing it themselves—and the bartending portion of the party is successfully outsourced.
The Tahiti is basically an ice-saving machine that funnels snow into one of three, 24-ounce blending jars (which makes up to 72 ounces of cocktails in one shot). But what separates this machine from a basic Margaritaville build is a chute that rotates, feeding each of the jars by itself.
Load one pitcher up with the alcohol and ingredients required for piña coladas, margaritas in another, and daiquiris in the last one. Turn the dial in front of each jug to the correct drink style, then hit the power button. The Tahiti starts blending the ingredients in the jar as the ice reservoir sends cubes into a spinning chamber that forces them against a metal blade. The resulting snow then flows into the first jug, gets blended in, then the chute rotates to feed the other jars automatically. Save for adding a little more shaved ice per personal preference, everyone was pleased with their drinks. And, if you’re wondering if blending ice into booze is enough to draw adults in for a closer look—it is.
I appreciated the chamber in the back that collects the melted ice, keeping the machine itself pretty tidy (but no matter how hard you try, things will get messy with jiggers of sticky coconut cream, pineapple juice, and limes all around). A pull-out plastic recipe card built-into the base has the recipes for daiquiris, piña coladas, mojitos, mudslides, smoothies, and margaritas. While I tested it outside, the machine is just short enough to fit inside on the countertop under upper wall cabinets. — Sal Vaglica, Senior Editor
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