Don’t Drink Mojito Verrines!

Mojito is a drink, born in Havana, Cuba, and widely popular on South Beach, Florida, a place where, according to our beloved resident satirist Dave Barry, you can live as close as possible to the United States without actualy being there. It consists of five basic ingredients: rum (are you surprised?), sugar, lime juice, mint, and sparkling soda water.  With verrines and cakes-in-a-cup being all the rage, I decided to morph one of my favorite drinks into a dessert, easy to make at our Lasting Joy club get-together.

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As you see, three of the iconic Mojito ingredients are there: rum, mint, and lime. I used two kinds of tea biscuits, plain and chocolate, to make a crust, or, altenatively, layers. To make it non-dairy, I whipped a mix of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and Tofutti Sour Cream with zylitol, to substitute for the fourth major ingredient, sugar. If you want to make it dairy, feel free to use real cream cheese and sour cream, and, of course, real powdered sugar, if you wish.

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Just as you would do if making a Mojito drink, first you have to muddle fresh mint leaves with rum and sugar (in my case, zylitol).

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Once it becomes truly mushy, you are ready to use a blender or food processor to start making it into a cake filling. Just add this fragrant mess to cream cheese and sour cream and pulse until thoroughly blended.

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Now comes the verrine part. By definition, a verrine is “an appetizer or dessert made of components layered in a small glass. … Les verrines, as French chefs call them, are served in a very small transparent glass or bowl that highlights layers of color and texture” (https://www.popsugar.com). The bottom layer, or crust, if you will, is made by pulsing tea biscuits with Smart Balance or any butter substitute of your choice (you can use butter, if you want to make it dairy).

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Add the delicious filling, reminiscent of the classic Mojito drink.

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Top it off with whipped cream – non-dairy in my case – and garnish with a slice of lime and a mint sprig. Watch us making a variation of Mojito Verrines by separating the crust into two layers with filling in the middle. Go here for video and come back for a full recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Tea biscuits or Graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or zylitol
  • ¼ cup Smart Balance or butter softened

For filling:

  • 1 cup Tofutti cream cheese
  • 1 cup Tofutti sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • Bunch of mint muddled with sugar and rum
  • ¾ cup sugar / zylitol
  • Whipped cream topping
  • Mint sprig and slice of lime to garnish

PROCEDURE

  • Pulse Tea biscuits with Smart Balance in blender or food processor until soft dough forms.
  • Muddle mint with rum and sugar or substitute. Add to cream cheese and sour cream, add the rest of sugar or substitute, pulse together until thoroughly blended.
  • Layer crust and filling, top with whipped cream, garnish with a slice of lime and a mint sprig.

Enjoy!

35 Comments Add yours

  1. A_Boleyn says:

    Sounds like a fun dessert but the drink is yummy too.

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    1. One of my two favorite drinks, the other one being Cuba Libre, also Cuban. I suppose that living here, we all become “a little bit Cuban” (to quote the musical) by osmosis.

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      1. A_Boleyn says:

        I wish I had some rum in the house … my last LCBO purchase was a bottle each of Pinot Grigio and sake. I think I had vague ideas of risotto and/or mussels steamed in a white wine and diced tomato sauce. And sushi. And my nephew brought over a large bottle of mead from Poland. In a ceramic looking bottle.

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      2. You and I have more in common than we both realize, I think. Pinot Grigio happens to be my favorite wine. I’d love to see that ceramic bottle of Polish mead; I don’t think they have it in a Polish store here, but I’ll look for it. In our house, there are always several varieties of rum, i.e. for drinking, for making mixed drinks, for baking, etc. No vodka, though, which is a perpetual topic for everyone to tease my husband, the only Russian who doesn’t drink vodka.

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      3. A_Boleyn says:

        Here’s a link with a picture … Mead Rex Honestus

        s://www.ratebeer.com/beer/poltorak-rex-honestus/65875/

        I have a very small bottle of Absolut Vodka … for cooking.

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      4. Interesting – thank you. I’ll look for it.

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  2. mel says:

    Looking fresh and yummy!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mel; I am so glad you like it!

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    1. Thank you so much, darling; I am so glad you liked them!

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  3. Looks like dessert at my house tonight. 👁👁🍃

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    1. Oh, please do it, Gail, and let me know how it came out!

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      1. I like mojitos as cocktails, so this is a Win, Win! 🌿

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      2. I hope you make them and like them! I also like mojitos as cocktails; that’s how I got the idea.

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging.

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  4. I wish I liked preparing wonderful drinks and food as much as you do.

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    1. You write wonderful books, dear Cathy, and that should be enough for the world! Thank you for a lovely comment.

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  5. This looks absolutely sublime! 👀👏🏼

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    1. Thank you so much, darling!

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  6. hello koolkosherkitchen its dennis the vizsla dog hay i think my mama likes to drink those mojito thing!!! i bet that meens she wood like to eet that mojito deezert too!!! i hav herd of this persun dave barry aparently he wunse had a dog and another dog wot wuz kalld his emerdjensee backup dog i think i mite hav ben an emerdjensee backup dog wunse!!! ok bye

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    1. Great to hear from you, dear friend Dennis! You are still the Main Chief Dog in our eyes! Hope your mama likes Mojito dessert.
      Meows and purrs from the Cat Gang!

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  7. spearfruit says:

    Dolly, This looks simply delicious and intriguing! Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a nice trip to the Boston area (my old stomping ground) in my younger years. Hope you had the chance to meet up with our good blogger friend Osyth while there for some sailing off the Boston Harbor or in the Cape.

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    1. Unfortunately, we were unable to connect. Next time, hopefully! We did sail from Marblehead to Boston harbor and then through the locks to Charles river. Coming up in posts!

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  8. Too bad I don’t drink alcohol, because this looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, darling, and you can muddle the mint leaves with orange or apple juice, instead of rum. Just taste it for sweetness.

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging.

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  9. A_Boleyn says:

    I recently ran across a peach Melba panna cotta verinne on my old LJ that I thought you might enjoy seeing.

    https://a-boleyn.livejournal.com/197045.html

    Happy New Year, my friend.

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    1. Thank you so much!
      That verrine is spectacular, with the diagonal presentation! As much as I used to love panna cotta, it doesn’t like me any more, so now I have to think of something non-dairy I can do with that diagonal line. It’s all your fault, darling!

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      1. A_Boleyn says:

        I was just having fun. There are so many amazing designs/colours on line. Mine was a simple one.

        Here’s one I did for Halloween. Iffy on the orange flavour but it looked cute. 🙂

        https://a-boleyn.livejournal.com/203668.html

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      2. Adorable, and here is the diagonal line again. I must try it!

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