Cool Drink Recipes for a Hot Summer

Colombian celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffmann offers her twists on three traditional Latin American cocktails. Get some frosty glasses ready and toast to summer…¡salud!

Gigante Kiwi Mojitos

Gigante Kiwi MojitosGigante Kiwi Mojitos

"I like giving my own twist to Mojitos: the kiwi balances out the acidity of lime and the soda gives it at fizz and turns it into a "Delicioso" drink," says Hoffmann.

(Serves 4)


1 cup packed fresh mint leaves

2 kiwis, peeled and coarsely chopped

4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup lime juice (from about 4 limes)

1/4 cup white rum

1 liter chilled club soda

Ice cubes

Sugarcane sticks, for serving (optional)

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1. Divide the mint leaves, kiwis and sugar among 4 tall glasses. Using a pestle or the end of a wooden spoon, muddle the mint, kiwis and sugar together.

2. Add some ice and top off with the lime juice, white rum and club soda. Swirl with a sugar cane stick (if using) or a straw and serve.

Pink Caipirinha

Pink CaipirinhaPink Caipirinha

"The pomegranate liquor adds a touch of color and flavor to this Brazilian classic, giving it a very chica twist. Give it a try; it is much better than the original!" says Hoffmann.

(Serves 4 glasses)


4 limes, cut in 8 pieces each

½ cup sugar

1 cup cachaca (Brazilian sugar cane rum)

¼ cup pomegranate liquor

Crushed ice or cubes


In a heavy glass container, combine the limes and the sugar. With a meddler or pestle, crush the limes with the sugar, extracting the juice. Add the cachaca and the pomegranate liquor and shake.

Serve it in glasses filled with crushed ice or cubes.

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Classic Pisco Sour

Classic Pisco SourClassic Pisco Sour

"I love this frothy and refreshing yet tangy Peruvian classic, it's elegant and it is all a cocktail has to be!" says Hoffmann.

(Serves 4)


1/2 cup Pisco or other brandy

1/4 cup lime juice (from about 2 limes)

1 tablespoon simple syrup

1 egg white (optional)

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Ice for serving


Place the brandy, lime juice, simple syrup, egg white (if using) and bitters in a blender. Blend until the mixture is frothy. Serve over ice.

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Ingrid Hoffmann, celebrity chef, author and television personality, is also the host of her lifestyle cooking show "Delicioso With Ingrid Hoffmann" on the Spanish language Univision Network, every Saturday at 1:00pm EST.

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