Preparing food for a tailgate takes time and attention, but drinks… well, drinks need to be readily available in large quantities. Tailgating might actually be the reason kegs and giant coolers exist. (At least that’s how history would read if I wrote it.) Guests will help themselves to all the drinks they can find. But hosts looking to impress while quenching that thirst need something grander.
That’s where the Margarator Plus Margarita and Slush Maker comes in. This frozen drink machine — like the Slurpee machine from the local 7-11 that we all still wish we could install in our kitchen — turns out out pure cold joy. It pulverizes; it shaves; it blends. It combines whatever liquid ingredients you come up with into a unique and delicious concoction that guests will line up for.
Firing up the Margarator is beyond simple. Put it on a flat surface, and plug in the power cord — no battery power, we’re sorry to report. Fill up the blending chamber with ice — small cubes work best — and then pour in the liquid ingredients. Lock in the lid, so you don’t spray the drink makings everywhere, and blend.
The Margarator can make 128 ounces of slushy goodness, served straight from the insulated container into waiting cups. The first batch will go fast, so leave out the ingredients for more. Anyone who happens by can mix up another batch in seconds. Margaritas and daiquiris are popular options, but you’re really only limited by imagination and the ingredients on hand.
Easy clean up and convenient storage make the Margarator an even more appealing drink-making option.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.