Margarita Dispensing Tips
Published On: Monday, October 27, 2008
What's the point of making delicious margaritas if you can't dispense them well? To best enjoy your frozen drinks, it's important to know the best tips for margarita dispensing.
When you are making your margaritas, be sure that the ice is thoroughly ground. The instructions may say you only need to have the machine on for eight minutes, but on your unit with your recipe, that may not be long enough. Don't assume that is how long your machine will need. If you try to dispense the margarita before the drink is ready, you may accidentally dispense ice chunks into the drink, or the ice chunks may clog up the spout and cause it to leak. To prevent this, before you begin dispensing your drink, remove the lid and stir with a long spoon to check on the consistency. If there are still chunks of ice, run the machine again. Keep doing this until all the noticeable ice chunks are gone.
With the Margarator in particular, it is important that you keep the machine on as you dispense the contents. If you don't, the contents will begin to separate into icy and liquid, and your drink will have an odd texture. If you let it sit for too long, all of the drink will freeze up. By keeping the machine on, margarita dispensing will work much better; the drink will have a more even texture. However, if you do want a really icy margarita rather than a more liquid one, here's a secret: turn the machine off and let it sit for a few minutes. Then remove the lid and scoop out the drink from the top of the machine with your cup. You will get much more of a frozen drink that way.
While many home margarita machines, such as the Margarator, come with thick insulated walls to keep the drinks cool, it is wisest to keep the machine in the shade if you leave it outdoors. If you keep it in the sun, the drink will melt faster and dispense more like liquid.
Another way to make sure dispensing a margarita is an easy process is to be sure to clean your margarita machine and its spout after every use. While this may be a bit of an annoyance, it is vital to margarita dispensing that you do this. Without cleaning, build-up can occur in the spout. This can cause the spout to be clogged and not dispense properly, and can also affect the taste of your drink. When you are done using your margarita maker, remove the unit from the base and run it under warm water. Rinse it out with soap. You can use a cloth, but be sure not to use an abrasive sponge or scouring pad. As you're running water into the machine, press down (or pull up on) the spout as though you are dispensing a margarita. Let water run through the spout briefly, so you can be sure it is clear and unblocked.
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