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An ice cream maker is a great investment, at least in theory. But if you find you’re not dusting it off as often as you thought you would, it might help to learn that you can make frozen drinks in your ice cream machine too.

That’s right, in addition to any ice cream flavor you can devise, not to mention sorbet, gelato, and frozen yogurt, your ice cream maker can churn out slushy cocktails—and non-alcoholic frozen drinks as well!

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It’s always satisfying to find new uses for old kitchen gadgets—see: melon ballers, stand mixers, bread machines, ice cube trays, Bundt pans, and muffin tins too—but this trick is especially great if you don’t have a high-powered blender.

Amy Wisniewski, former food editor at Chowhound, tried it out with a frozen coco loco recipe:


What You Need to Make a Frozen Drink in an Ice Cream Maker

  • An ice cream maker
  • 2-quart pitcher
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 can cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
  • 1 cup light rum
  • 1/4 cup maraschino liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

How to Make a Frozen Drink in an Ice Cream Maker

1. Mix all ingredients in your pitcher. Use a whisk to blend it all together.

2. Chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

3. Turn on the cream maker, pour in the contents of the pitcher, and churn for 20 minutes.

What Else Can You Make in Your Ice Cream Maker?

Any slushy cocktail can be adapted to the above method, but if you don’t drink alcohol, there are other frozen drinks to try:

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