Wine Wednesday: St. Patrick’s Day cocktails sure to put a spring in your step

The year is moving so quickly. I mean it’s already March.  There’s March Madness (that’s basketball for you non-sports folks), Daylight’s Saving’s time, Spring and of course St. Patrick’s Day. I guess everyone is “Irish” on St. Patty’s but if you want to spice up your own, or you simply don’t want a pint of Guinness, these beautiful cocktails will put you right in the mood.  So, get ready to see a lot of Green this weekend and do be careful.  It’s fine to enjoy, just don’t over indulge.

The Shamrockershamrock

Ingredients

1 part Hornitos Plata tequila

1 part DeKuyper melon liqueur

½ part triple sec

Splash of orange juice

Preparation:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a shot glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

Boozy shamrock shake recipeshake

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups vanilla ice cream

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup whipping cream

3 tablespoons vodka (we used Voli lyte)

2 tablespoons crème de menthe

Green food coloring

Green sprinkles and shamrock cookies

Preparation:

Place the ice cream, milk, whipped cream, vodka, crème de menthe and a few drops of food coloring into a blender. Blend on low until the mixture is thick and creamy. Add additional crème de menthe for a mintier flavor.

Pour shakes into jars or milkshake glasses. Garnish with more whipped cream, green sprinkles and a shamrock cookie.

Emerald mint milkshake recipeshake

Ingredients:

1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream

1 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract

1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Green Food Color

Whipped cream and green sprinkles (optional)

Preparation:

Place ice cream, milk, peppermint extract and green food color in blender; cover. Blend on high-speed until smooth.

Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired. Serve immediately.

Irish Sour Apple

Ingredients:

1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey

1 1/2 parts Hiram Walker Sour Apple Schnapps

5 parts Ginger Ale

Preparation:

Fill a tall glass with fresh ice. Combine the Jameson and Schnapps, and top with Ginger Ale. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

TODAY however, are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York and the famous Thin Mint Shake. Oh it’s ok to admit that you gorge yourself on those cookies. Now, you can have your cookie and drink it too.  Enjoy!


Thin Mint Milkshake
 thinmint

Ingredients:
8-10 Thin Mint Cookies (whole)
3-4 Thin Mint Cookies (crushed)
1 cup milk
2 scoops Chocolate, Vanilla, or Mint Ice Cream
Preparation:
Place milk and whole cookies into a blender, and blend on a medium speed until smooth. Add ice cream carefully, and blend on a high-speed until fully blended and creamy. Place most of the crushed cookies on the bottom of a shake glass (saving some cookies to put on the top). Slowly pour the shake into the glass and top with remaining cookies. Serve with a straw AND a spoon, as it will be VERY thick. Makes 2 shakes.

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