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by Barbara Kiebel on July 1, 2014

When I was queried about my interest in participating in a group review of a new book which is all about ice cream with a giveaway of the book to our readers too (after the recipe) I couldn’t put my hand up fast enough. I have to give Cuisinart some credit for this almost knee jerk reaction; without one of their new ice cream makers I would not be quite so enthused. Not having to mess with ice and salt has changed my ice cream life dramatically and it is all good! I have also fallen in love with my choice of Blueberry Mojito Ice Cream but it was not love at first sight!

Scoop AdventuresThe book Scoop Adventures‘ arrived and I couldn’t wait to peruse it and see what fun things could be had. Since the author indicated on the front book jacket that this volume is comprised of ‘The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States; I immediately scooted over to see what was from Colorado and found a recipe for Colorado Sour Cherry Ice Cream. Whoa…wait. What? Sour Cherries? While prolific on the Western slope of the Rockies, they are not so easy to find here in Denver so I was unsure about that choice. Bing cherries are now showing up in abundance but sour cherries are much fewer and farther between so never a guarantee that a trip to the market will result in acquiring these beauties. As fate would have it, we were given an assortment of recipes from the book that were authorized for us to use and this one was not included. Sort of left me off the hook and for that I was grateful!

Lindsay-ClendanielNow what? Well, as it turns out the author, Lindsay Clendaniel had hoped we would make some of her creations and had provided a list of suggestions. And that was it. Done and done. You know how sometimes it’s a given; something is so perfect for you? That was me and this recipe for Blueberry Mojito Ice Cream. I do have a reputation you know? Truth is that as much as I love to create and share cocktails, I also love adding different liquors and liqueurs to foods too. If you picture me in my kitchen with messy, stained clothes and disheveled hair while I work on any multitude of concoctions you might be right…but I really don’t do it with a cocktail always in my right hand! I might allude, kid, josh and more but, sit down for this one, I really don’t drink a lot. Only with friends and well, the occasional margarita I’ve made in the morning for the blog because after all, it does have juice in it! I do it all for my readers, fans, friends and family; you know, I don’t want to disappoint!

So I set out to make this cocktail as an ice cream. It actually had a fair number of steps; not hard but a bit timely. Fair warning; start this on Friday if you want to serve it on Saturday; there is a fair amount of freezing time involved so unless you’re starting at 5am it would be pushing it to expect it done and sufficiently chilled by evening dessert.

The milk is infused with mint (glad I planted some in a pot? Yes. Should I have planted more? Yes, yes, yes!) which is then combined in a blender with cooked and softened berries and cooled. Before processing in the ice cream maker rum and a lime simple syrup are added and again off to the chiller. There are no chunks of blueberry in this smooth ice cream so save yourself a small handful of berries for garnishing each bowl.

Is it good? I had some sitting out after finishing the photo shoot when my friend Sandy arrived. I was going to fix a quick dinner for us but she wanted a bite. And then another bite. And then, well, you know what happened right? Hey, if we can’t eat ice cream BEFORE dinner when we’re adults, really what is the point?

Blueberry Mojito Ice Cream

What I loved about this ice cream is that it is for adults only. Not because of the rum; alcohol in ice cream has to be kept to such a miniscule amount or it will inhibit freezing. No what I loved was the fact that it wasn’t screaming with sugar; it had that ever so tart bite from the berries and the lime and that was good. I added a small handful of fresh berries for garnish and it was downright perfect!

Speaking of Lindsay? Take a peek at her blog at Scoop Adventures or head over to visit her on Twitter and Facebook. She is passionate about ice cream and it shows. Want more? Here is a list of what other bloggers have done from the book…this should keep you busy with ice cream making all summer long! You can check out their tweets at #ICTScoopAdventures too and get to know them! For these and other ice cream treats you can also visit Jenni Field’s ‘Ice Cream Tuesday‘ Pinterest Board for LOTS of inspiration. You’ll want to make ice cream all summer too!

Blueberry Mojito Ice Cream
 
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Serves: 1½ pints
Ingredients
For the Lime Syrup:
  • ¼ cup (59ml) lime juice
  • ¼ cup (50g) sugar
For the Ice Cream Base:
  • 1 cup (230 g) fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup (100g) sugar
  • 1 cup (237 ml) whole milk, divided
  • 1 Tbsp (9g) cornstarch
  • 1¼ cups (295ml) heavy cream
  • ¼ cup (24g) packed mint leaves
  • 1½ Tbsp (22ml) white rum
Instructions
To Make the Lime Syrup:
  1. Combine the lime juice and the sugar in a small sauce pan and heat over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved; 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat, pour into a small bowl and refrigerate until completely cool.
To Make the Ice Cream Base:
  1. Combine the blueberries and the sugar in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is simmering and slightly reduced and the berries release their juices. Remove the pan from heat and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine 2 Tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch, whisk and set aside.
  3. Combine the remaining milk and cream in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. When the mixture is hot and begins to bubble, remove from the heat, add the mint and steep at room temperature for 20 minutes. Pour the mint infused milk into a bowl through a fine meshed sieve, pressing on the back of the mint with a wooden spoon to extract as much flavor as possible.
  4. Fill a large bowl with ice water.
  5. Return the mint infused milk to a medium saucepan and bring it to a low boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the cornstarch mixture.
  6. Return to a boil and cook over moderately high heat until the mixture is slightly thickened; about 30 seconds.Remove the the heat and pour into a medium bowl.
  7. Set the bowl into the ice water bath to cool for about 20 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  8. Combine the blueberry mixture with the cooled cream base in a blender and blend until the berries are fully incorporated.
  9. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  10. Whisk the chilled ice cream base and add the lime syrup and rum. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

 BOOK GIVEAWAY!! NOW CLOSED and a Winner Chosen!

Chosen by Random.org: Comment #10 – Congratulations Lana!

To Enter to Win SCOOP ADVENTURES: 

You must be 18 to enter and win. Limited to US and Canadian residents only. Contest ends on Monday, July 7th at midnight.

  • This one is mandatory! Leave a comment; I would love to know what your favorite ice cream is.
  • For a 2nd entry go ‘Like’ Scoop Adventures Facebook page and leave me a SEPARATE comment letting me know that you did.
  • The winner will be drawn using Random.org and once notified will have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address or another winner will be drawn.

I was provided with a copy of the book ‘Scoop Adventures’ but I was not compensated for this post and all commentary is my own.

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1 Dionne Baldwin July 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

I can’t wait for my blueberries to ripen so I can make this with my very own berries and mint! This sounds so cool and refreshing. I could use a bowl of this today!
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2 Creative Culinary July 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm

That would be especially fulfilling Dionne; I used my own mint but no blueberries anywhere in sight. Lucky you!

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3 Lisa@Lisa's Dinnertime Dish July 9, 2014 at 8:00 am

Wow, Barb! This ice cream sounds so amazing and your photos are beautiful. Just pinned!!
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4 Creative Culinary July 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Thanks so much Lisa; it really was wonderful. The sweet compliment…icing on the ice cream! :)

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5 Donna Currie July 8, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Love this, Barb, and I want to steal that ice cream scoop – that’s really cool looking! The ice cream sounds amazing, too!
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6 Creative Culinary July 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I found the scoop on Ebay. I did a quick search and my biggest surprise was how inexpensive it was…they must have made a ton of them!

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7 Kierstin Daviau July 7, 2014 at 6:45 am

Can’t help loving the nostalgia of mint chocolate chip

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8 Nancy Long July 6, 2014 at 7:28 am

I liked Scoop Adventures

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9 Nancy Long July 6, 2014 at 7:25 am

I would have to say my fave ice cream has become Bourbon Brown Sugar and I get raves every time I make it

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10 Creative Culinary July 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

Yum! Would you share that recipe? I would love to try it; I’m loving fresh peaches right now and know they would make an amazing sauce for it!

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11 Sippitysup July 4, 2014 at 9:00 am

I’d have to choose those elusive cherries you mentioned. GREG

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12 Creative Culinary July 4, 2014 at 9:36 am

Patience grasshopper. As soon as I find some; it will be done!

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13 Beth July 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

It would be hard for me to choose between homemade raspberry and s’more ice cream. They’re both winners!

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14 Holly July 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

Lovely ice cream and what a perfect flavor for you! I’ve had ice cream on my mind this week and keep meaning to break out the ice cream machine. I am making progress, the container is now frozen in the freezer and ready to go…next step is to choose a flavor. Maybe strawberry this weekend?
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15 Abbe@This is How I Cook July 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Sounds downright dangerous, Barb. But it also looks downright beautiful. I love anything with chocolate, but I made blueberry last year and it was pretty good! Of course, probably not as good as yours!
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16 Lana July 2, 2014 at 11:06 am

My favorite ice cream is chocolate with chocolate brownie chunks in it! It’s the perfect combination for a chocolate lover.

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17 Heather July 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

I ‘Liked’ Scoop Adventures Facebook page!

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18 Heather July 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

I Love home made vanilla bean ice cream! Yummo!!

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19 Bartini Lee Bollinger July 2, 2014 at 3:31 am

Scoop Adventures on FB, liked!

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20 Bartini Lee Bollinger July 2, 2014 at 3:28 am

Favorite ice cream, hmm… peanut butter with cocoa nibs? Vietnamese coffee with crushed Heath bar and caramel sauce? Old school cookies and cream? Or maybe vanilla with chocolate covered waffle chunks and caramel swirls? Sorry, there’s no way I can just choose one.

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21 Stacy July 2, 2014 at 3:12 am

What is the point really? I could not agree more! Beside which, this is healthy, right? Lots of calcium in the milk and cream, antioxidants in the blueberries, vitamin C in the lime juice! Gorgeous photos, Barb! Putting this one of my list of Lindsay’s ice creams to try.
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22 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef July 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I’m trying to get my head around blueberry mojito and I’m dying to taste it. It sure looks good.
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23 John@Kitchen Riffs July 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

It’s hard to have too much mint, isn’t it? Although planting it in pots is smarts — ours is trying to take over our whole yard! Love the idea of a mojito ice cream — my kind of flavor. ;-) Thanks for this.
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24 Creative Culinary July 1, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Here’s a trick I used that worked for 20 years at my old home John and what I’ll do when I get ready to plant an herb garden. Get a 5 gallon paint bucket from Home Depot; dig a hole the size of the bucket, remove the handles, put the bucket in the hole and fill it with potting soil/dirt mix. Plant your mint in the bucket; except for a few runners that might try to catch hold from cascading stems; it will stop it from spreading.

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25 Lizzy (Good Things) July 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Oh my! How absolutely divine!

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26 Paula July 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Like your friend Sandy, I don’t think I would have had the patience to wait until after dinner for this neither. A lovely looking dessert *cocktail* ice cream for sure.
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27 Betsy @ Desserts Required July 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm

You are speaking my language…booze and ice cream. Oh, yes, and the sacrifices bloggers make like margaritas in the morning! I love the gorgeous color of this ice cream, too!

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28 Liz July 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

It sounds amazing, Barb! The rum, the touch of tartness, the lovely color! I’ll take a large scoop, please :)
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29 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme July 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Can I just say – yum, yum, yum!! My blueberries are all coming ripe right now and I’ve been wondering what might be the perfect recipe for them. This!
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30 Jen July 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm

I like Scoop on FB!

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31 Jen July 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I love mint chocolate chip!

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32 Chelai J. July 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Mint Chocolate Chip!!

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33 Erin Hartshorn July 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

And I just followed Scoop Adventures on Facebook!

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34 Bill July 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

This ice cream looks so delicious. The perfect dessert for 4th of July. Great post and beautiful photos!
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35 Erin Hartshorn July 1, 2014 at 10:58 am

What a wonderful recipe! I recently blogged about how much I love making ice cream, and it would be wonderful to have a new cookbook to delve into.
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36 mick rosacci July 1, 2014 at 10:49 am

Now that’s an inspired flavor!
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37 Sophia @ NY Foodgasm July 1, 2014 at 10:10 am

OMG Barb this looks sooooo soooooo soooo good! I am psyched you also went for the boozy selection, at least I’m not the only one ;)
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38 JoeyfromSC July 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

I liked Scoop Adventures on facebook:

Joey J.

Thanks!

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39 JoeyfromSC July 1, 2014 at 9:29 am

This looks delicious!!

I have so many favorites lol..But I think homemade butter pecan ice cream is my favorite!

Thank you for the chance to win!!

Joey

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40 Edie July 1, 2014 at 9:18 am

Your ice cream creation looks beautiful! And eating ice cream for dinner is one of the perks of being a grown up. My favorite flavor is good old “boring” vanilla topped with fresh fruit.

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41 Kimberly from Hungry Goddess July 1, 2014 at 8:36 am

This came out GORGEOUS! I will raise my glass and say cheers!
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42 Creative Culinary July 1, 2014 at 10:05 am

Thanks so much and Cheers!

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43 Jenni July 1, 2014 at 8:27 am

Barb, you are Ever Selfless, making boozy creations for us! And margarita for breakfast sounds perfectly reasonable to me! This ice cream really does sound just about perfect–hooray!
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44 Creative Culinary July 1, 2014 at 10:04 am

Oh yes that is me all around! I need friends around to share so I CAN make all the boozy treats! :)

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