Pina Coladas, Daiquiris, Margaritas...these blended cocktails are all essential to a liquor lineup for any commercial bar. Even frozen coffees with a touch of alcohol can make a splash at your bar! But the common link that ties these together in terms of your equipment is your bar blender. Choosing a bar blender may seem easy at first, but any veteran bartender will tell you that there are certain features to a blender that make it better - or worse - for a commercial operation. Here are some tips to help you wade through the mix.
Many frozen drinks are made on an individual basis or made in small batches, as you don’t want frozen cocktails to liquify before they’re served. But some establishments may see larger batch requests at once. Think: Mexican restaurant on a hot summer night. Margaritas are typically a customer favorite in these scenarios, and you’ll want a blender that is able to hold more than one serving, as blending each individual drink can get time consuming.
Capacity refers to the volume of liquid that a blender cavity can hold at once. Opt for larger volumes if you plan to serve up large batches, but save yourself space if you know you’ll only need a blender that holds one serving or two at a time. If your menu boasts a 20 oz margarita, then make sure to opt for at least one size larger blender (a 48 oz blender perhaps) so that you have the ability to blend two servings at once.
Blender cups usually come in glass, plastic, or stainless steel. It’s mostly based on preference, but keep in mind the design and aesthetics of your bar when choosing the material, as a stainless steel cup may work well with a modern restaurant, but a glass cup will look nice for finer establishments as well.
Blender bases can be comprised of chrome, stainless steel, or plastic. Chrome is attractive but requires attention to detail, as they scuff and show smudges easily. Brushed stainless steel is easier to maintain but can rust over time. Plastic is the easiest to maintain but sacrifices the professional look that both chrome and stainless steel can have.
The most important way to tell how much power a commercial bar blender has is by its wattage or horsepower (HP), although HP is more common and simpler to identify. For comparison, one unit of HP is equal to over 745 watts, according to U.S. units of measure. If you’re blending tougher or more solid ingredients, then be sure to opt for higher HP units to handle the job. Blenders have a wide range of possible HP specifications, from 3/8 to 3 ¾ HP.
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