Shamrock Shake at Home Recipe

By Sarah Karnasiewicz

 

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Photo by Williams-Sonoma.  For another mint milkshake recipe, click here

Our homemade take on the fast food favorite keeps the minty flavor (and awesome color!)  you love—but ditches the corn syrup and food coloring.

But before you go crying into your cup, take heart. We headed to the kitchen for some experimentation. The happy results? A homemade version that keeps the cool color and flavor, with just six ingredients.

DIY Shamrock Shake

The addition of heavy cream might seem indulgent here, but it has a practical purpose. Just as beating cream with a whisk will result in whipped cream, whirring some in your blender along with the rest of your ingredients will lend the finished drink a decadently rich, mousse-like texture.

 

Yield: 2 shakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions:

Place the ice cream, milk, cream, mint, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract in a blender.
Blend until smooth and frothy.
And if you really want to live it up…. Adults ONLY!

Boozy Shamrock Shake

This twist on the classic gets a little pep in its step from the addition of a shot of Branca Menta, an Italian amaro with a complex minty, herbal edge. But if you can’t find it in your local store, classic creme de menthe will also do in a pinch!

 

Yield: Makes 2 shakes
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz Branca Menta liqueur
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Place the ice cream, milk, cream, mint, Branca Menta, mint, and vanilla extract in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and frothy.

Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Photo by Claryn

Ingredients:

  • 1½ c unsweetened soy milk
  • 1½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 c white flour
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • ½ c sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp vegan margarine
  • 1 c currants or raisins
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds, optional

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, combine soy milk and lemon juice. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together flours, sugar, soda, and salt.
  5. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into dry mixture.
  6. Create a well and pour in soy milk mixture and currants.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, gently knead just until the dough comes together, 10 or 12 turns. Do not overwork or you’ll end up with a tough mess!
  8. Shape into a disc about 1½” in height.
  9. Cut an “X” into the top with a serrated knife and bake on prepared sheet for 40-45 minutes.

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Floating 4-Leaf Clovers Recipe

Instead of using regular ice cubes in your party punch, stay in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and prepare these cute clover cubes. They’re made with soda so they won’t dilute your beverage. They can be made weeks in advance and stored in the freezer. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Four-Leaf Clovers

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 12 clover cubes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups plus 2 tablespoons chilled lemon-lime soda, divided
  • 12 lime slices
  • Lime peel (about 6 inches)

Directions:

  1. Pour 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda into 12 muffin cups; freeze until solid. On a work surface, cut lime slices into quarters. Rotate each quarter slice clockwise until one end of outer edge touches the center; place over frozen soda.
  2. To make a stem, cut the lime peel into 1/2-in. pieces. Place at one corner of clover. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  3. Slowly pour remaining soda into cups until lime is almost covered. Freeze until solid.

Originally published as Floating Four-Leaf Clovers in Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p187

Easy Shepherd’s Pie from Real Simple©

Yield: 4 Servings
By Diana Hyle , October, 2007

Easy Shepherd's Pie

Feast on this great dish from Real Simple.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces frozen mixed vegetables (such as carrots, peas, and corn), thawed
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded Cheddar (optional)
  • 1 16-ounce package mashed potatoes, refrigerated or frozen and thawed

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Place the beef in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until no trace of pink remains, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon off and discard any fat. Stir in the ketchup and Worcestershire. Add the vegetables and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Spoon into a baking dish.
  4. Mix the cheese (if desired) with the potatoes in a bowl. Spread over the beef and bake until heated through, 10 minutes. Divide among plates.


Irish Coffee in 4 Steps

While this classic warmer gets top billing around St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a welcome after-dinner treat on almost any occasion. Because the recipe is so elemental, it pays to use the best coffee and cream you can find—you will be able to taste the difference. Whip the cream softly so it sits in the glass in soft peaks. And as for that shot of whiskey? Any blended Irish whiskey—like Tullamore DEW, Redbreast, or the classic, Jameson—should do the trick nicely.

 

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