Kiss Me I’m… Not Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all Irish and non-Irish alike!  I am definitely in the latter category. Fittingly enough, my husband and I have sort of accidentally started our own St. Patrick’s Day tradition that involves absolutely nothing Irish whatsoever, which is exactly where the inspiration for today’s cocktail stems from.

Every year, I get excited about the prospect of going out and hitting the bars. I love beer, I love whiskey, so St. Paddy’s is pretty much directly up my alley. We usually make it out somewhere in downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul, but I quickly get fed up with long waits and rude inebriates. Inevitably, that ends up meaning we go to another, less busy establishment which is more often than not something completely opposite of Irish – Mexican. That way, I can actually sit and have a conversation with him at the bar rather than shouting because I can’t hear anything while continuously getting elbowed by someone in light-up sparkly goggles trying to order 12 Jameson shots for his buddies.

For the last two years in a row, my husband and I have celebrated St. Paddy’s with margaritas and it has been awesome. We figured, hey! They’re green drinks too!! Besides, I’m sure even Leprechauns need vacations, and I’ll bet they love a beach and a margarita just as much as the rest of us, which is why this one is called Leprechaun’s Getaway:

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1 oz. Tequila
½ oz. melon liqueur (I used leftover Midori from the Shamrock Squeeze recipe)
½ oz. Triple Sec
2 oz. lime juice
Splash of agave nectar

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake, and strain into an ice-filled glass like my Chicago Skyline lowball glasses. Garnish with a lime.

Seriously so easy… just like walking into a Mexican restaurant and ordering a drink on St. Paddy’s! The melon flavor in this one is pretty light, but you could always add more Midori or play around with the ratios to get the taste just the way you want it.

Whether you decide celebrate the traditional way or not, may your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck!

Cheers!
Taylor

Shake It Up

I am particularly pumped about this week’s recipe. Every once in a while, it’s important to be self indulgent, and in March, for a number of people (myself and my friends included) that means hitting the McDonald’s drive through for a tasty minty green beverage.

Well, good news people!!! Now you can have a more “adult” and homemade version that is EVEN BETTER than the original! I give you, the Drunken Shamrock Shake:

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  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2-3 oz of 101 proof Peppermint Schnapps (depending on your boozy and minty-ness preferences)
  • 3-5 Thin Mint cookies (save one to garnish!)
  • Green gel food coloring
  • Whipped Cream

Let the ice cream soften on your counter for 10-15 minutes. Then, add the ice cream, milk, schnapps, and food coloring into a blender – blend until smooth and creamy. Serve either in one large glass or two smaller ones, add your whipped cream, Thin Mint garnish, and a straw and enjoy to your hearts content.You can also make it without the Thin Mints, but what’s the fun in that? March is cookie month too!

It is easy and delicious and made a wonderful dessert last night after a rough start to the week. Amen for boozy desserts. Any suggestions for next week?

Cheers!
Taylor