Good Product: Immersion Blender with Whisk

As we gear up for some summery cocktails, we start thinking about blending things — margaritas, daiquiris, milkshakes with homemade ice cream...

Problem is, this is our blender: A hand-held immersion blender that might not attack those chunky ice cubes as well as a regular blender. However, it is one of our favorite appliances. Let's talk about the pros and cons...

Pros: This baby can whirl a pot of simmering vegetables into a silky smooth soup in about three minutes flat. It eliminates the step of transferring soup, in batches, to a food processor — plus, it takes up far less room in our kitchen.

Many models (like the KitchenAid, above, available for $89.99 at Amazon) come with a whisk attachment that's great for beating a small amount of egg whites or whipping cream.

Cons: We're sure it would be great for milkshakes, but can it make slushy drinks? We wonder. We've never tried blending a tumbler full of ice and booze, but we're game — and we'd like to give it a shot before splurging on a full-size blender that takes up precious counter space.

Anyone blended margaritas with this little guy?

Related: Recipe: DIY Orange Smoothie

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