If you’re looking for a good drink recipe, there are an endless number of combinations available to make a variety of different drinks. Of course, the first thing (or things) you’re going to need is the machines and/or tools used to make the drinks you’re wanting to make. Whether you’re making smoothies, shakes, juices, caffeinated drinks, or alcoholic beverages, here are six different tools and machines that you’ll need to make these drinks.
Blenders are probably the most common drink-making machine on the market, with people owning both countertop blenders and portable blenders. These machines can be used to make just about any type of blended drink, but they’re typically used to make cold or frozen drinks such as milkshakes and smoothies. Use your blender to make a sweet dessert such as a chocolate milkshake or a strawberry banana smoothie, or you can choose a healthier option, such as a protein shake after a hard workout or a green smoothie for a detox. The drink possibilities are endless when you have a blender.
#2: Cocktail Shaker
Cocktail shakers allow you to mix different ingredients and chill your drink at the same time. Almost any type of mixed beverage can be made with the aid of a cocktail shaker— not just cocktails. For example, those who can’t or don’t drink alcoholic beverages can still use a cocktail shaker to make “mocktails” or mixed non-alcoholic beverages. Some of the most popular types of cocktails (and mocktails) that can be made with a cocktail shaker include:
You can even come up with your recipes to create your unique cocktail or mocktail.
#3: Espresso Maker
It’s safe to say that most coffee drinkers probably own a simple coffee machine, but you can take your morning coffee up a notch with an espresso machine. Of course, you can make espresso (thicker and more intense black coffee), but you can also make cappuccinos (⅓ espresso, ⅓ milk, and ⅓ foam), macchiatos (espresso with hot foamed milk), and mochas (⅓ espresso, ⅓ hot chocolate, and ⅓ steamed milk). Buying an espresso machine in addition to your coffee machine will give you more options on how you can enjoy your morning, afternoon, and even evening cup of coffee.
Juicers, both manual and electric, are a great option if you want to incorporate more fruit (and vegetables) into your diet! The great thing about juicers is that you can juice just about any fruit or vegetable— as long as it has juice and an edible covering. For example, you can’t put the following on a juicer:
Certain berries can also be added to this list because they don’t yield enough juice to be “juiced”. Instead, berries, bananas, mangoes, papayas, and similar fruits are better off being blended.
#5: Soda Maker
The most popular soda maker on the market is SodaStream, but there are similar machines on the market that can turn almost any drink of yours into soda. If you’re a soda drinker, then this machine can save money on the amount of soda you buy— and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by not using as many bottles and/or cans (but you can always recycle!). A soda maker can also help you drink more water since that is the main beverage used in these types of machines.
#6: Whip Cream Charger
Whip cream chargers are canisters filled with nitrous oxide that is used for both food and drinks. When used to make drinks, they’re usually used to make cocktails by pouring the ingredients in the cream charger with the nitrous oxide, and then serving them in a glass. You can buy a whip cream charger to create your alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages right in your own home. Just keep in mind that you have to be 18 years of age or older to purchase a whip cream charger, and you should be of legal drinking age (depending on your country of residence) to drink alcoholic beverages.
Again, it’s advised that you only consume alcoholic beverages if you’re of legal drinking age and if you don’t have any conditions that prevent you from drinking alcohol. The same can be said for caffeinated beverages, as some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others. The good news is that you can make non-alcoholic and decaffeinated versions of several of these. Other than that, get creative with the different beverages you can make with these tools and machines.