Boozy Shamrock Shakes
St. Patrick's Day is upon us and specialty items are making an appearance on nearly every menu. My lucky Irish heritage was with me for sure because for the first time, my darling husband asked to make an appearance here at "Hello, Sweetie!" He must feel really passionate about the content this week!
My husband loves Shamrock Shakes! Those brightly colored, sickly sweet beverages that are vaguely familiar; somewhere between a melted milkshake and morning toothpaste. I wanted to make something special for him, and came across a recipe from Sugar & Cloth; an adult version that was healthier as well. The only problem...it called for large fistfuls of fresh mint (he would gag & complain) and a minty Italian liqueur apparently no one outside of Texas has ever heard of. It was time to get creative...3 trials later, he was a (tipsy) happy man!
I do love those shakes. And I know they aren’t actually called milk shakes anymore, at least not in that particular fast food restaurant. And well, I know they are probably made from liquified jealousy and the tears of Bobby Sands, but the minty fabulousness of whatever that is - that’s my jam. So every March I make sure to get one or two.
Then my wife goes and finds a recipe for them - but with booze! Yes please.
She has made them three times for me, each time monkeying with the ingredients and by far this last one mimics the original so sweetly. A definite hit of mint, lots of cold, and the consistency of melty milk shake. Plus booze!
Exactly what was hoped for - a St. Patrick’s inspired milk shake that is probably not made from unfrozen dinosaur.
- 1 pint (best quality) vanilla ice cream, preferably one without added preservatives
- 2-3 ounces Irish Cream liqueur
- 1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint (not "mint") extract
- Whipped cream & cherries, optional
Quickly combine all ingredients in a blender. (Using a cream liqueur ensures fluidity without the icy chunks you can get from just adding milk.) Pour, top with whipped cream and a festive straw! You'll be thankful to NEVER hit up another drive thru again! Sláinte
Yield: 2 servings