Beginning Friday, a pop-up milkshake bar inside downtown Miami's Freshko Gourmet will whip up frozen treats while eliminating waste.
Shake That: Milkshake Lab, created by former Miami Culinary Institute students Michael Kelsey and Carlos Ortiz, offers creative milk-based drinks using ingredients already available at Freshko, such as bananas, caramel, and Nutella.
"It's not that we're using leftovers," Ortiz says. "We're doing what we learned in school: optimizing ingredients. We're trying to make our kitchen as efficient as possible by incorporating ingredients that would otherwise go to waste if they're not used for something."
Adds Kelsey: "For example, banana and caramel are used a lot in crepes and waffles at Freshko. Sometimes they order too many bananas or have leftover caramel, so we've taken the two to make a banana caramel milkshake."
After Kelsey and Ortiz, who are friendly with Freshko owner Alex Karavias, pitched the idea a few months ago, they began designing a small menu of shakes. Highlights include Oreo, Nutella tiramisu, and the Miami Heat, made with strawberry and pineapple. The menu will also include a rotating flavor called the "Lab Test."
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"That one will depend on what other ingredients we have available to us that day or week," Ortiz says.
Regardless of ingredients, all shakes cost about $8. For now, the pop-up is expected to run through late September or early October.
To celebrate Shake That's debut, Ortiz and Kelsey will host a soft-opening party tonight, Thursday, July 26, which will include complimentary shakes, an old-school silent disco, arcade games, and lots of neon. The event is sold out.
Shake That: Milkshake Lab. 228 SE First St., Miami; 305-415-2001; instagram.com/shakethatmia.