We're two sisters who are craft book publishers and found ourselves in the midst of an avocado grove. We bought this house where we planned to conduct our publishing business and in the deal got 4 acres of avocado trees thrown in. Now we're not only publishers but ranchers as well! This blog is all about avocados and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Great Margarita Machine

When you think of patio dining and eating guacamole, what else do you think of? Margaritas, of course. So that got me to thinking about the latest ads on TV offering margarita machines. Don't you think a mere blender would do the trick? Nooooooo. Now you have to spend $200 to $500 to have a special machine that crushes ice, puts the salt on the rim and blends the perfect margarita.

But Beth, a member of our book club was way ahead in inventing her own margarita machine. Well actually one of her friends put it together from a walker and a motorcycle. What a marvelous contraption! This is the second time Beth has gone to considerable trouble to bring it and the second time it didn't work. The margarita maker is run on some kind of fuel and when she tried to get it going, it spewed all kinds of smoke and noxious fumes, but didn't blend one margarita. She says the only time it doesn't work is at the book club.  They use it all the time for neighborhood block parties when electricity isn't close at hand. Poor Beth had to make the margaritas the old fashioned way by plugging the blender into electricity.

You might not want to go to all the trouble of making a similar invention. And you don't have to. Here are the ones you can easily purchase, if you want to spend that kind of money and if you have room on your counter for one more appliance. Especially the super duper DM3000 that makes 3 drinks at once.
Wow - that looks really heavy duty.

On my May 5th blog I posted a recipe for an avocado margarita. But here's another one from the California Avocado Commission.


What do you get when you combine California Avocados with frosty margaritas? An Avorita, of course!


  • Cocktail salt
  • 2 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 4 oz. tequila
  • 4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. triple sec
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  1. Moisten rims of margarita glasses and dip in cocktail salt.
  2. Place remaining ingredients in a blender and pulsate on high speed for 30 seconds. Blend for an additional 30 seconds until all ingredients are incorporated. Pour into salt-rimmed margarita glasses.
Serving Suggestions:
Garnish with lime wedges if desired.


  1. Beth's margarita machine is just fabulous! There's something fascinating about making a huge machine to do a little job. I've seen cork pullers on stands that would equal the margarita machine in bulk.

    I wonder if the designer (Beth's friend) could make an avocado pitter equally as huge and over-engineered with safety belts and matching helmets and goggles and such. It could be added on to the margarita machine as an accessory becoming the Gargantuan Guacamole machine or something.

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