A poolside party for family and friends is a great way to spend a summer evening. Cool off with some delicious and refreshing frozen cocktails and smoothies. Margarita machines and smoothie blenders make it easy to create great-tasting chilled drinks. Here are two simple and easy recipes for your guests to enjoy.

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Frozen CranRaspberry Margarita 

Make this simple and all-time favorite cocktail with fresh cranberries and raspberries. Margarita machines and smoothie blenders are a good choice for making frozen concoctions as their blades are powerful enough to blend frozen fruits and ice. Add lime juice, tequila and orange liqueur such as triple sec or Grand Marnier to the fruits and blend well.

Another advantage of margarita machines is that they make the perfect ice shavings, which are essential for the right texture of the drinks. Serving the margaritas with style is a big part of the recipe and the party entertaining. Rub the rim of the margarita glasses with a fresh lime wedge. Margarita salts add just the right finishing touch to drinks. Opt for flavored margarita salts like chili-lime or classic salt. Press the glass rim into a plateful of the salt. Pour the drinks into the decorated glasses and add fresh raspberries as decorative garnish.

A bit of honey can be added to the drink for sweetness. Premade margarita mixers are another great way to create this classic cocktail. All you need to do is blend the mixers of your choice with tequila to create a perfect margarita. 

Pomegranate-Cherry Smoothie 

Create a well-balanced menu and add some smoothies along with cocktails. Choose seasonal fruits to create delicious fruit smoothies that your guests will love. Pomegranates and cherries offer a delightful combination to use in smoothies.

You will need one cup of frozen pitted cherries, three-fourth cup of pomegranate juice, plain yoghurt, one teaspoon of lemon juice and two cups of ice for making these smoothies. Flavor the drinks with a tablespoon of honey, a pinch of cinnamon and salt.

Add these ingredients to a smoothie blender and blend well. Consider adding smoothie mixes that can fortify the smoothies with proteins, antioxidants and omega-3 extracts. Simply add these mixes into the blender with the remaining ingredients and fruits to create power-packed smoothies.

Smoothie blenders are versatile and come with various pre-set programs and variable speed settings. Besides smoothies, they can be used to make delicious sorbets, soups, frozen desserts and purees so they are excellent tools for entertaining.

With the right choice of appliances like margarita machines and smoothie blenders along with delicious recipes, entertaining can be easy and enjoyable.