St. Paddy's Day Spiked Shamrock Shake


Now that St. Paddy's Day is almost here, not only am I seeing ads for McDonald's Shamrock Shakes everywhere, but pretty much everyone I know has expressed their craving for one to me within the past few weeks.


Personally, I've never had one, but there's gotta be a reason for all the hype, right? I decided to try my hand at a boozy version of one, and I gotta say, it turned out pretty delicious.  You guys will have to be the judges as to whether or not it is as good as the original!


Here's what you need: -whisky -vanilla ice cream -milk -mint simple syrup (recipe below) -green food coloring -fresh mint -maraschino cherries -whipped cream -blender


Here's you need for the mint simple syrup: -sugar -water -fresh mint -small saucepan -fine mesh strainer


Here's what to do: 1) Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan. 2) Add sprig of mint to saucepan, ripping up to release flavor. 3) Bring mixture to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Reduce to a simmer, leaving on stove top for 2 minutes.


4) Remove saucepan from heat and leave to steep for 20 minutes. 5) Once thoroughly steeped, pour mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer to remove mint leaves.


Now, you're ready to make your shakes!

Here's what to do: 1) In blender, combine 4 cups vanilla ice cream, 2 oz. of whisky, 1 oz. of your mint simple syrup, and 1/2 cup of milk, and food coloring.  Blend until shake reaches your desired thickness.


2) Add drops of food coloring as needed until you reach your desired shade of green.


3) Once you are satisfied, pour shake into each glass.


4) Top with whipped cream, a cherry, and a sprig of mint.


Add a straw, and sip away.


Happy St. Paddy's Day... Stay green!