Kiss Me, I’m Irish: St. Patty’s Day Drinks
Around the United States people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a green beer or two, but we’ve got some great Irish themed drink recipes that’ll have you retiring your ale in no time! Try an Irish Pirate, which is an adult take on the all-time favorite Shamrock Shake. These drinks will pair nicely with our St. Patrick’s themed dinner ideas, so don’t forget to check them out!
For all this and more, check out the recipes after the jump!
Kiss Me I’m Irish Coffee
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
2/3 cup freshly brewed strong black coffee
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
Combine the sugar whiskey, and coffee in an Irish coffee glass. In a small bowl, lightly whisk the cream until slightly frothy. Gently pour the cream onto the back of a spoon resting on the surface of the coffee, so that it floats on top of the coffee. Serve without stirring.
Hot hint: Getting the cream to float on top of an Irish coffee may require a little luck of the Irish. To ensure success, don’t omit the sugar, even if you don’t typically take it in your coffee, and remember not to stir in the cream, as the secret to experiencing the true flavor of an Irish coffee is sipping through the floating cream.
Homemade Irish Cream
Half of a 750 ml. bottle of Jameson’s Irish whiskey (or any Irish whiskey you like)
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk…see the link in Kel’s comment below)
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbls. chocolate syrup
2 tsp. instant espresso
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
Gather together your ingredients. Put the condensed milk in your blender. Pour in the cream. Crack eggs into a bowl. Fish out any little bits of shell, if there are any. Then add them to the blender. Add the chocolate syrup. Toss in the instant espresso powder. dd the vanilla and almond extracts. Cap your blender and process ’til smooth. The condensed milk is pretty thick. It may take a minute or two for it to distribute completely. Once everything is uniform in color and consistency pour in the whiskey. Then cap your blender again and blend well. Set a strainer over a bowl and pour the liqueur through it. (Just in case there were any bits of egg or espresso that didn’t blend completely.) Set a funnel in the mouth of your bottle. Cap and pop it into the fridge.
[Source: The Hungry Mouse]
The Irish Pirate (Adult Shamrock Shake)
1 cup whole milk
1 pint mint chocolate chip ice cream
1 teaspoon pure mint extract
3 tablespoons dark rum
Put milk, ice cream, mint extract and rum into a blender. Mix until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with a sprig of mint. Optional: Drop the rum and you’ve almost got a Shamrock Shake.