Whether you're of Irish heritage or just Irish at heart, we can all agree that March 17th is a day worthy of celebration. So suit up in your best green, mix up one of these St. Patrick's Day inspired drinks, and cheers to the luck of the Irish being on your side.
If you like the classic Shamrock Shake try:
Lucky Mint Milkshake
Ingredients (serves 2)
1 pint (473 ml.) non-premium vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup mint syrup (recipe below)
1 tsp. peppermint extract
4 drops green food paste (optional)
Sweetened whipped cream for serving
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 Tbs. corn syrup
2 cups torn mint leaves and stems, dried thoroughly
Boil sugar, water and corn syrup to 230°F. Add mint, cover and let steep until syrup cools to room temperature. Strain the mint leaves, pressing to extract the syrup from the leaves. Keep syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use. Makes 3/4 cup.
*Tip: A truly authentic version of this seasonal shake is very sweet and very green — adjust the amount of simple syrup and food coloring you add to your liking.
Extras! For an adults-only treat, add Baileys Irish Cream or creme de menthe to the milkshake. For a chocolate version, add chocolate syrup to the blender with the rest of the ingredients and top whipped cream with chocolate shavings.
via the William's-Sonoma blog
If you want something refreshing try:
Coarse salt + sugar for the rim
A bunch of fresh mint for garnish
2 1/2 ounces simple syrup [recipe below]
1 1/2 ounces tequila [I prefer silver]
1 ounces Grand Marnier
1 ounce rum
3 ounces lime juice
2 ounce club soda
mint simple syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
10 fresh mint leaves
Take a chilled glass and rub the rim with a lime wedge. Dip the rim in a mixture of coarse salt and sugar, covering it as much as you can.
In the bottom of the glass, add 1 ounce of simple syrup and a handful of mint leaves. Muddle with a muddler or use the clean bottom of something blunt, like a screwdriver! Add ice to the glass, and pour in the tequila, grand marnier, rum, lime juice and remaining simple syrup. Mix with a long spoon or knife, stirring well to combine. Add another bunch of mint leaves and a lime wedge or two. Top the glass off with club soda (a few ounces until you reach the top!).
Mint simple syrup
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat just until it bubbles, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Turn heat down to low for 2 minutes, then remove and let sit to cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
via How Sweet Eats
If mint really isn't your thing try:
Ginger Lime Tonic
Ingredients (serves 4)
2 oz. fresh ginger, peeled and frozen
1/2 cup filtered water
1/4 cup lime juice (from 2-3 limes)
2 8oz. cans club soda
1oz. tonic syrup
Combine frozen ginger and water in a blender. Turn on and gradually increase speed to high; blend for 30 to 60 seconds or until no large chunks remain. Pour mixture through a fine mesh seive set over a bowl, pressing out liquid with a spoon or spatula. Rinse out the blender with another few tablespoons of water and pour through seive. Discard solids. You should have just over 1/2 cup of juice.
Fill 4 12-ounce glasses with ice. To each glass, add 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) ginger juice, 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice, and 1/4 ounce (1/2 tablespoon) tonic syrup. Stir to combine. Top with 3-4 ounces of club soda. If you find this too spicy, add a splash of simple syrup to sweeten the drink.
*Tonic water can also be used in place of the tonic syrup + club soda.
If you need something for the kiddos that will also satisfy your sweet tooth try:
Leprechaun Dessert Shooters
1 package instant vanilla pudding - prepared to package directions
3-6 drops green food coloring
4-6 Oreo cookies (per glass)
Prepare your pudding & stir in your food coloring until you reach the desired shade of green. Layer in your glasses by starting with 1-2 broken Oreo cookies in the bottom followed by a couple tablespoons of prepared pudding. Continue until you fill the glass and top with whipped cream & sprinkles/mini-chocolate chips if desired.