Happy St. Patrick’s day! Who’s Your Paddy? In honour of this statutory holiday in Ireland (for real!), I thought I might try my hand at something vaguely Irish. Can you believe that I was recently inspired by a Tweet of all things to make my own Shamrock Shake? Oh, the irony! It was only 6 days ago that Twitter was dead to me… Ah, the good old days. But I digress. For a food that has its own following, there’s some pressure in getting it just the right shade of awesome. Plan B was to make my own Irish Cream (a la Bailey’s). Hmm… Perhaps today should be another overachiever…
OK, back to the Shake. Now, before operating any kitchen equipment, blender included, it’s important to create the right ambiance, so that whatever you’re making truly embodies the spirit in which it was created. For example, if you were cooking for loved ones, you would want them to feel the love that went into the food. Or if you were mixing up a particularly potent batch of Ex-Lax brownies for the ex, that they captured the full essence of revenge that fuelled the baking session in the first place. So, when creating anything Irish, it is important to have a wee tipple to keep things as authentic as possible.
Which brings us to today’s bonus, the cutest little shooter in all of Ireland: the Baby Guinness. Surprisingly, it contains no Guinness (or any other beer) whatsoever! Just 2 parts Kahlua to 1 part Bailey’s (use your own unit of measure, I won’t judge). And presto, instant crowd pleaser! A bartender’s all important tip: poor the Bailey’s into the glass over the back of a teaspoon, so that it is evenly dispersed and stays on top of the Kahlua. End result looks like a freshly poured glass of the big G, but tastes oh so heavenly. Enjoy!
Right, so now that you’re starting to feel appropriately Irish (which a good friend recently reminded me is not so much a nationality as it is a blood alcohol level), back to the Shamrock Shake. All you do is add about a cup of vanilla ice cream, 1/3 cup of milk, 4 drops of peppermint extract, followed by 3 drops of green food colouring, and blend away. Pour the lovely concoction into a cup, and savour the green deliciousness. Yum! I’ll be honest, it tastes like a peppermint patty to me, except without the chocolately goodness. I guess there’s always room for improvement. Hmm… maybe try it next with chocolate mint ice cream instead of vanilla? Now how good would THAT be?!?? Or add a little creme de menthe… Decisions, decisions!
Now, being Irish for a day brings out the urge for confession. I’ve never actually drank an authentic Shamrock Shake from Mickey D’s before. Ever. I mean, why would you when there was a chocolate version available? Hello! So to get an objective opinion on its deliciousness, you’ll be glad to know that I took the shake for a road trip to a local pub for a tasting, and it got 4 out of 4 thumbs up. So relax, go ahead and give it a try!
Note: Only one of the below pics is of the Shamrock Shake. If you are getting these confused, congratulations, you can consider yourself Irish. Sláinte!