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.