For those of you more excited than confused at the prospect of detoxing with mojitos, we're sorry to burst your alcohol-coated bubble. The mojito recipe in this post is - gasp - virgin! Where is an Edvard Munch "The Scream"-style font when you need one?
If you're still reading at this juncture, we'd like to thank you for sticking around. So did seven editorial staffers yesterday, when Chef Ingrid Hoffmann popped by the New Times office with food stylist, publicist and hunny in-tow, to whip up a frozen version of what's normally pounded at the bar.
Would you believe that even this toxin-motivated (especially when free) crowd had taste buds fooled into believing Ingrid's Creamy Mojito Shakes were spiked with the naughty stuff? Turns out that a handful
of fresh mint, a squeeze of lime, and a splash of Latina flare will do
the trick. And they're mighty tasty, too.
"I said, 'Hey that sounds like fun'," explains Ingrid of her new relationship with Breyer's to promote its recently-launched "Smooth and Dreamy ½ the Fat" ice cream with her locally-inspired, original recipes. She's been zipping around South Florida swapping rum for vanilla ice cream, blending up smooth mojito shakes that cool like a lounge in the sun after a dip in the pool.
Not only did we not chase her out of the building yesterday, we are holding her hostage in the conference room right this very moment, as our official on-site mojito maker!
Ok, so we're actually not holding Ingrid hostage... Her handlers didn't so much like that idea. But we
were able to nab her easy-as-pie recipe which we plan to play on repeat at home. Who knew that shakes could be light and refreshing, and
perhaps the perfect base for the real deal that are oft cough syrup
sweet? Here's the even better news:
> Corporate product demo rules don't apply en su casa, so you can kick it up a notch at home with any one of these fine white rums so as not to ruin this shake's pristine white
Ingrid signed some sweet-looking ice cream accessories for the first
reader in the comment thread to name the first network she appeared on
before going national on the Food Network with Simply Deliciosa. Prize
includes a signed "banana tapioca" (Ingrid's spot-on made-up color, of
course!) bowl and matching spoon, five coupons each good for any
Breyer's ice cream product (up to $6 each, for a total of $30,) a fancy
ice cream scoop that breaks through blocks like a hot spoon on butter,
a magnetized "Smooth and Dreamy" scratch pad for grocery list-writing,
and a handy, space age material carrying case.
> Ingrid will also be launching her own line of pots and pans, as well as accessories (first a garlic press, lime-squeezer and vegetable peeler,) which she says can be likened to the design aesthetic of Alessi. We're already sold.
> Sample some cool treats and meet Ingrid at CocoWalk today, July
28 from 5 to 8 p.m.
> Enter for the
chance to win a Smooth & Dreamy getaway, including two days and two
nights for two at The Breakers in Palm Beach, a private cooking class
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with Ingrid at The Florida Culinary Institute, and dinner for two at
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CREAMY MOJITO SHAKES
Prep Time: 10 minutes
2 cups Breyers® Smooth & Dreamy ½ the Fat Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. torn mint leaves
1 cup ice cubes (about 6 to 8)
Add all ingredients in blender jar and process until smooth. Divide shake
between 2 (8-ounce) glasses and garnish, with additional mint and lime wedge, if