Margaritaville Bali Frozen Concoction Maker remixes it up

This concoction machine remixes ingredients every time the dispenser is pressed. The specialty kitchen appliance also features two independent motors.

Margaritaville Bali Frozen Concoction Maker
Move over, regular blender, Margaritaville has come to town. Williams-Sonoma

Specialty kitchen appliances need to stand out to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack. They can do this by either offering the ability to prepare something in a way that no other machine can, or they can earn their footprint by making a task easier. Sometimes, a kitchen gadget stands out because it does a little bit of both -- and looks cool doing it.

One could use bells and whistles to attract attention, or one could go for something a little more substantial. Featuring a gadget-friendly serving spigot, the Margaritaville Bali Frozen Concoction Maker ($399.95) whirs into action while it delivers. The robust blender sports a special mixing cylinder that activates every time a drink is served. Press your margarita glass against the serving spout and the device quickly remixes ingredients in order to deliver a consistent drink.

The automatic frozen drink maker has settings for daiquiris, pina coladas and smoothies, in addition to its namesake margaritas. Ice is drawn from the hopper and subsequently shaved. A second motor then blends it with drink ingredients. The two-step process is designed to produce blended drinks with an appealing texture beyond what a traditional blender can produce. Of course, the regular blender should be kept on hand even if it's used just for food prep -- but don't be surprised when it gets jealous.

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