Frequently Asked Questions for Machines
Have you wanted to have your very own Margarita Machine? Here is a great chance. Look at all the great Granita Machines from which to choose. You could really impress your friends with one of these great margarita machines.
Are you asking yourself, "Self, how does a Frozen Drink Machine work? Is it a commercial blender with legs? Does it require ice to operate? Do you need a water line? Is it easy to operate or do I need a degree in Frozen Drinkology? Can I even afford a margarita machine for my home? With a name like "Margarita Machine or Daiquiri Machine, can I serve frozen drinks for my kids?"
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Questions about a Carpigiani (Sencotel, Coldelite, Flavor Freeze) Machine? CARPIGIANI FAQ
Questions about a Crathco (Wilch, Grindmaster) Frozen Drink Machine? CRATHCO FAQ
Questions about a Faby (CAB) Granita Machine? FABY FAQ
Questions about a Frosy Factory Margarita Machine? FROSTY FAQ
A Frozen Drink Machine (Margarita Machine) is piece of equipment that has a variety of uses. First and foremost, it acts as a "mini freezer". Basically, you put frozen drink mix product in the machine, turn it on to the "freeze mode" and the frozen drink product comes out in with a slush consistency (after the proper amount of time). That is, of course, if you used the right kind of frozen drink mix that contains the proper amount of sugar (measured in brix units). Frozen beverage equipment has 3 main components. A condenser, an evaporator and a compressor. All three have their specific functions, however, they combine their functions to remove heat from the frozen drink mix product which produces a slush product which make frozen drinks.
No, a margarita machine is not a blender (with or without legs). You can't place chunks of ice, fruit or anything else of this type in the machine without it breaking the auger (the device that churns or twirls the slush product). The idea of the frozen beverage machine is to churn the smoothie or cocktail mix over the evaporator (cooling drum) so that it speeds the freezing process.
No, you don't need ice to operate a frozen drink machine. As a matter of fact, you DON'T WANT TO USE ICE IN MARGARITA MACHINES, GRANITA MACHINES, SMOOTHIE MACHINES, SLUSH MACHINES OR ANY OTHER FROZEN BEVERAGE MACHINES! Save the ice for your home or commercial blender. You want a margarita machine to take you away from standing at a blender while everyone else has a good time. You want the frozen drink machine to let you join the party.
A Margarita Machine is known by many names. Most of the time it depends on where you are from and how the frozen drink machine or restaurant supply companies like to advertise them. We've heard the terms, frozen beverage machine, frozen beverage dispenser, frozen juice machine or frozen juice dispenser from our friends in the North United States (Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and other Northern Customers). We heard the terms, margarita machine, frozen drink machine, granita machine, slush machine, slushee machine or smoothie machine from our friends in the South United States (Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama and other Sourthern Customers). Then there are still those customers all over the U.S. that still refer to all frozen drink machines as Slurpee Machines, Icee Machines, Slush Puppy Machines. These are all federally trademarked names from various businesses. However, people still use their names as a label on the frozen drink equipment.
No, most of our Frozen Drink Machines do not need or require a waterline. Our frozen drink machines are simple to operate. We have a few margarita machines that do require a waterline, however they are used in high volume commercial applications. Our slush machines just need our quality and tasty ChillyFruit® or YouNeedADrink.com brand frozen drink mix which is formulated specifically for frozen drink machines.
Yes, our Frozen Drink Machines make many different types of drinks. The type of drink you make depends on the type of frozen drink mix you put in our frozen drink equipment. You add our yummy ChillyFruit® brand frozen slush smoothie mix or YouNeedADrink.com brand frozen cocktail mix, then plug the margarita machine in, turn it to freeze and it will make a delicious smoothie, slush, margarita, daiquiri, rum runner, lemonade and any other frozen drink or frozen cocktail you can think of.
YouNeedADrink.com carries frozen drink equipment name brands like: Bunn, Faby (CAB), Grani, Granis, Crathco (Wilch, Grindmaster), Taylor, Saniserv, Coldelite, Cool Tech, Stoelting, Flavor Freeze(Carpigiani,Sencotel,Coldelite) and soon Cecilware. In other words, if you need a smoothie machine, granita machine margarita machine, slush machine or a multitude of machines, we can help you!
Yes, we repair frozen drink equipment and sell parts for all our major brands. Many times you can call us with your problem and we can help you fix it yourself right over the phone.
We don't recommend that you make your own slush or smoothie mix. Again, if the mix that you make at home (or at your restaurant) contains too much water, ice chunks can form that get caught in the augers of your frozen drink machine. This can cause sever damage, and void your warranty. We offer so many flavors and types of frozen drink mix concentrate at a great price that there really isn't a need to go to the trouble of making your own.
YouNeedADrink.com sells bar and cocktail mix that make many drinks like: margaritas, strawberry margaritas, daiquiris, bellinis, mai tai, peach daiquiri, blue hawaii, granita mixes,rum runners mudslide, banana daiquiri, louisiana hurricanes, and pina coladas. Each bottle has frozen drink recipes for both alcoholic and nonalcoholic frozen drinks.
Our ChillyFruit® line of slush smoothie mixes make 20% 50% and 100% real fruit juice drinks like: Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry Kiwi, Cherry, Black Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Orange Mango, Cherry Limeade, Sour Apple & Grape fruit smoothies.
Our ChillyCoffee® line of frozen cappuccino drink mixes make frozen cappuccinos or coffee smoothies like: Cappuccino, White Chocolate Cappuccino, French Vanilla Cappuccino, Mocha Cappuccino. We have recipes on our site to use these coffee flavors to create great drinks like Brandy Alexander and Mud Slide.
The frozen drinks from YouNeedADrink.com and ChillyFruit® are quite different from Icee®, Slurpee®, Slush Puppie® or other types of frozen drinks. How are they different? The main reason is TASTE. We pride ourselves in providing the best tasting frozen drink mix product.
Another difference is Icee® and Slurpee® are Frozen Carbonated Beverages. That means that when they melt, the ratio of air to product is 90% air and 10% product. Basically you are paying for AIR. Our product is more dense and our ratio is 10% air and 90% product. You get more for your money with our frozen drink mix.
Another difference in our ChillyFruit® line of frozen drinks and those of Icee®, Slurpee® and Slush Puppie® is that we have less sugar, more real juice content and better taste. Icee® and Slurpee® have no real juice content.
We started Frozen Drink Madness®of Tennessee, Inc in January of 2001. YouNeedADrink.com started in 2005 and was a division of Frozen Drink Madness of Tennessee, Inc until December of 2012. On December 12, 2012 (Yes...12/12/12) we changed our corporate name officially to YouNeedADrink.com, Incorporated and we will continue to operate under this corporate name. We will still offer the great customer service and great products, we just decided to change our name to something with a little more flair to start 2013 with a bang. YouNeedADrink.com, Incorporated is the parent company of ChillyFruit® which came about in 2003. In addition to ChillyFruit®'s line of real fruit juice slush smoothies, ChillyFruit® specializes in Leasing of Frozen Drink Equipment , Margarita Machines, Daiquiri Makers and Granita Machines as well as School Cafeteria Profit Programs, Fundraising for PTA, PTO, Sport's Teams, Clubs, Civic Organizations, Coffee Shops, Retail Shops and schools.
YouNeedaDrink.com, Inc. and ChillyFruit.com have customers in businesses like: party planners, party rental companies, party supply companies, wedding, catering, restaurants, restaurant equipment, fundraising, churches and schools. YouNeedADrink.com, Inc. has rentals of popcorn machines, cotton candy machines, sno cone machines, snow cone machines, ice cream machines, coffee equipment, props, scenery and of course margarita machines.
YouNeedADrink.com, Inc. is located in Nashville, Tennessee but we sell mix, machines all over the country. We sell party supplies and giftware all over the world. ChillyFruit® is also located in Nashville, Tennessee but we have lease programs for Frozen Drink Equipment and Margarita Machine leasing for all 50 states. The TN cities and areas that we cover for margarita machine, slush machine, ice cream machine and other party equipment rentals are: Nashville, Metro Nashville, Clarksville, Fort Campbell, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Antioch, Gallatin, Lebanon, Goodlettsville, Goodlettesville, Columbia, Spring Hill, Triune, Dickson, Springfield, White House, Smyrna, Lavergne, Donelson, Green Hills, Bellevue, Belle Meade, West End, Vanderbilt University, Williamson County, Davidson County, Rutherford County, Maury County, Montgomery and Sumner County, tn. If you don't see your area listed here, please call or email us and we will make sure your area is covered.
YouNeedADrink.com is located in Nashville, Tennessee. ChillyFruit® is also located in Nashville, Tennessee. The TN cities and areas that we cover are: Nashville, Metro Nashville, Clarksville, Fort Campbell, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Antioch, Gallatin, Lebanon, Goodlettsville, Goodlettesville, Columbia, Spring Hill, Triune, Dickson, Springfield, White House, Smyrna, Lavergne, Donelson, Green Hills, Bellevue, Belle Meade, West End, Vanderbilt University, Williamson County, Davidson County, Rutherford County, Maury County, Montgomery and Sumner County, tn. If you don't see your area listed here, please call or email us and we will make sure your area is covered.