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16 March 2012

Lucky Leprechaun Shakes

Are you feelin' lucky?

Hopefully, you aren't feelin' green...though with the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday, feelin' a wee bit Irish wouldn't be a bad thing.

To help you celebrate, I whipped up these bevvies that double as dessert.  (Remember, I warned you that I like to combine desserts!)  This one contains alcohol, so it isn't suitable for the kids, but who ever said you don't deserve a treat every now and again?  Not I!

Oh, and you might notice that today's recipe has a "Printable Recipe" link; clicking it will allow you to print just the recipe, minus all the other ramblings/pictures/etc. that might be part of the original post.  Hopefully, it will make it that much handier for you to print out any recipes you want to try!  And, yes, I will be adding "printable" links to all the previous recipes I've posted, but have patience with me...it may take awhile.

Lucky Leprechaun Shakes
Printable Recipe
Yield:  2 shakes

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Ingredients:

  • 4 scoops mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 1 oz creme de menthe
  • 1/2 oz creme de cacao
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • Milk
  • Green food coloring, if desired
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies or green sugar, for garnish if desired

Preparation:
  1. In a blender, combine the ice cream, creme de menthe, creme de cacao, chocolate syrup, and a splash of milk.  Blend until smooth, adding more milk as needed to reach your ideal consistency.*
  2. Stir in green food coloring, if desired, then pour into a chilled glass.  Garnish with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies or green sugar; serve immediately.
*You can add additional creme de menthe or creme de cacao in place of the milk to thin the shake, if preferred.  If the shake becomes too thin, add additional ice cream.

If you are in need of a toast to give when you serve these drinks, may I offer one of my favorite Irish blessings:

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Course, if that one is too long winded or serious for you, then perhaps just a simple "Sláinte" will serve you well.

Sláinte! 

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