When it comes to frozen blender drinks, having the best blender for ice is absolutely key. Select the best one for your budget and make a pitcher of these creamy guava banana rum daiquiris before the summer is over!
Folks, it’s STILL guava season as far as my parents guava tree is concerned. It’s STILL producing copious amounts of fruit. Mom has already made 30 jars of guava jam. She’s stocked her freezer with cut fruit and she’s shared the crop with everyone… but there’s STILL MORE. So today, I’m sharing a tasty, if not obvious, use for fresh guavas. Guava Banana Rum Daiquiris.
Before we get into the lush, creamy tropical cocktails, I want to talk about the best equipment to achieve that perfect smooth consistency for your rum daiquiri, smoothie or other blended concoction. When it comes to crushing ice, there are some blenders that are specifically designed to tackle that task and others that fall conspicuously short.
Why You Need The Best Blender For Ice Crushing:
It was June and I was hosting a pool party for my then 12-year-old daughter and her friends. Emily had requested frozen blender drinks — complete with bendy straws, maraschino cherries and little paper umbrellas. No problem… Until there was.
Our blender just didn’t have the power to effectively crush the ice — and the first round of virgin piña coladas was chunky, icy and inconsistent. The kids’ crunched their way through through their drinks. The next round was virgin strawberry daiquiris. The snafu here happened when the ice caught in the blades and the motor actually seized. My husband thought he could dislodge the ice with the handle of a wooden spoon. He dipped the handle into the ice, breaking apart the blockage — and the wooden spoon got caught up in the whirring blades… Um, yeah. It obliterated the handle. The second round of frozen drinks was replete with shards and splinters from my wooden spoon.
Obviously, we needed to step up our blender game. If you’re in the same boat, I’ve got a run down on the best blenders for the job. This post includes affiliate links.
The best blenders for crushing ice (and making Guava Banana Rum Daiquiris) according to Blender Authority.com:
TOP PRICE RANGE & TOP RATED:
The Vitamix 7500 has a 2.2 HP motor with 1500 watts of power. The horsepower and design of this blender allow it to easily crush ice into a snow-like mixture (that’s a fact). The 7500 is part of Vitamix’s newer “Next Generation” G series blender line with its new wide container and longer blade design. The most popular Vitamix blender for many years has been the 5200 and the 7500 can be considered an upgraded version to the 5200 with new quieter design, stronger horsepower, and wide mouth pitcher.
The 7500 has simple controls with a 10 variable speed dial and a pulse lever. It has a 7 year full coverage warranty period.
(I have the 5200 series which we purchased several years ago and it’s a workhorse — I love it, but if anything happens to it, I’m getting the 7500 model.)
MID-RANGE & TOP RATED:
The Cleanblend blender has a powerful 3 horsepower, 1800 watt motor which is close to Vitamix blenders. It has a strikingly similar look to a Vitamix 5200 blender with a variable speed control and a pulse switch. It comes with a tamper, so there’s no need to employ a wooden spoon (bonus) and this blender is less than half the price of the VitaMix. The generous 5-year warranty by the manufacturer provides peace of mind.
LEAST EXPENSIVE & TOP RATED:
The Oster Reverse Crush Counterform blender (model BVC07-2) is an affordably priced (under $100) blender with 600 blending watts and 1000 peak watts.
It has a 6-cup capacity glass pitcher. Its unique dual direction 6-point blade can move in both direction for better consistency and prevents jamming. Features 5 speed settings plus two preset functions(Frozen Drinks and Food Chop). Though it’s not ideal for heavy duty activities, like dough making, if you’re looking for food chopping and ice crushing, this one will do the job.
Now that you’re up to date on the best blenders to use, let’s get back to these guava banana rum daiquiris. Actually, this rum daiquiri does double guava duty, because not only does it use that lush, tropical guava vanilla simple syrup from a few weeks ago, but also fresh guava straight from the tree (or market).
This rum daiquiri also gets a creamy mouth feel from frozen bananas, which I always have in my freezer.
How To Make
Guava Banana Rum Daiquiris:
- Peel the guava with a vegetable peeler
- Cut the guava in half and use a spoon to scoop the seeds from the fruit (note: the seeds are as hard as granite, so you want to make sure you get them all out).
- Add the guava, banana, simple syrup, rum, ice and lime juice to the blender and blitz until smooth.
- Pour the guava banana rum daiquiris into a daiquiri glass or coupe and garnish with a wedge of lime. Enjoy.
This guava banana rum daiquiri is quick and easy to make, especially if you’ve already got the simple syrup on hand.
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Banana Guava Daiquiri
- 1 pink guava peeled, seeded and sliced
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 ounce guava vanilla simple syrup <<< CLICK FOR RECIPE
- 2 ounces dark rum
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 1 cup ice
- wedge of lime for garnish (optional)
- Combine the guava, banana, guava vanilla simple syrup dark rum, lime and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into coupe glasses and garnish with a lime wedge. Serve.
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