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5 Cocktails You Can Make in a Blender

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Sometimes you just have to have a frosty, blended drink. These ice-cold concoctions may be synonymous with summer, but they’re satisfying all year round, and as easy to make as hitting the “on” switch. Whether you’re craving something tropical and fruity or want a smoothie-style concoction, here are five delicious drinks for all those times when a cocktail shaker just isn’t enough.

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When you need a little extra potassium in your life, this banana-driven blender cocktail can help. Its “dirtiness” comes from a mix of Kahlúa and rum, while the drink’s banana quotient is filled by a whole banana and banana liqueur. A little cream helps smooth out the texture and flavor of the cocktail, which tastes like liquid a banana split. And we’re not mad about that.

The Essentials

aged rum
Kahlúa
banana liqueur
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If you like rum, you’re in luck, because this drink contains, rum, rum and...oh, more rum. Though potent, the classic Pearl Diver—a staple recipe for any die-hard tiki lover—goes down easy thanks to its blend of citrus juices, falernum liqueur and a spice syrup dreamt up by one of tiki’s founding fathers.

The Essentials

gold rum
Don’s Gardenia Mix
Fresh Orange Juice
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No blender’s life is complete without churning out a few of these coconutty cocktails. Perhaps one of the most popular blended drinks in existence, the Piña Colada is like a tropical vacation for your mouth.

The Essentials

Rum
Coco Lopez
Pineapple Juice
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If traditional Eggnog isn’t your jam, try Coquito. With the rich notes of rum and spices, Coquito—which originated in Puerto Rico—uses three kinds of milk, including coconut milk, to give it a tropical edge.

The Essentials

evaporated milk
coconut milk
Dark Rum
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The Dodo takes its inspiration less from traditional blended cocktails and more from their healthy fruit-spiked cousin, the smoothie. Avocado is the star of the show, with Champagne coming in at a close second. All that remains is a rich shiso syrup and some cucumber juice to add fresh dimension to the creamy—and health conscious—elixir.

The Essentials

avocado
Champagne
shiso syrup

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