Boozy Shamrock Shake

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These Irish eyes are smiling.
Because I now know how to make a Shamrock Shake at home. Cocktail-style.
Boozy Shamrock Shake
My boyfriend is an avid fan of McDonald’s elusive Shamrock Shake in all of it’s green glory.  I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t like it, too, but if I’m drinking down that many calories, there better be some alcohol in there– which is exactly what I said to James last weekend.  His response: “So put vodka in it.”
At first I thought he was being facetious, but then I realized that the man is a genius.  (He is actually a very smart guy in general, but it takes his suggestion to add alcohol to a McDonald’s beverage for me to deem him a genius.  If there ever was a valid indicator of intellectual brilliance, that’s it, right?)
So, of course, I ran to Wawa and picked up vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, and I pulled out my vodka, creme de menthe, and blender.  It was time to make minty magic.
The result was nothing short of delicious, and James, a few friends, and I enjoyed a few glasses as we played poker that night.  The Boozy Shamrock Shakes certainly made the get-together even more enjoyable.  Still, I felt like I could do better.  I’d revisit the recipe later that week, I told myself.  Then, as per usual, I forgot all about it.
But yesterday, after a massive baking mistake that cost me a gigantic batch of Irish Car Bomb Brownies, I was pretty bummed out.  I needed something new to post on the blog, something that hopefully would make use of the massive bottles of Jameson and Bailey’s that I had leftover.
Do you hear that?
I believe that is the sound of a choir of leprechauns singing out “Shamrooock Shaaaake”.
A boozy Shamrock Shake that is actually influenced by Irish ingredients… does it get much better than that?  Try it out, and you tell me.

Boozy Shamrock Shake
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McDonald's Shamrock Shakes got nothin' on this alcoholic version.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 6
  • 1 (48oz) container vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup creme de menthe
  • ⅓ cup Jameson whiskey
  • ⅓ cup Bailey's Irish creme
  • Whipped cream, to top (optional)
  • Mint leaves and/or sprinkles, to garnish (optional)
  1. Add vanilla ice cream, creme de menthe, Jameson, and Bailey's to a blender. Mix until well combined.
  2. Pour into serving glasses and top each with whipped cream and garnish of your choice. Serve immediately.


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