Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Baileys and Shortbread Milkshake

And the booziest day of the year has arrived! I've never been much of a St. Paddy's gal, and since I've been commuting to work or from school over the past few years, I've come to associate the holiday with nothing more than a mass transit and commuter nightmare. Penn Station is awful on its own, but it transforms into this hellish, rowdy black hole, the kind of place where all you want to do is head in and head back out, as fast as you possibly can. I think based on those facts alone, it's clear that I'm no St. Patrick's Day partier, but it doesn't mean I'm a party pooper either.  I just celebrate with food instead of booze! Marrying the two and incorporating my one true love, ice cream, is the best of both worlds. 

This boozy milkshake is my idea of a good time on St. Paddy's Day.  It's spiked, rich, indulgent, and faintly Irish.  Baileys creamer and buttery Irish shortbread cookies are blended together with vanilla ice cream and a bit of milk to create a thick, creamy milkshake.  A dollop of soft whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed shortbread cookies are the only embellishments the milkshake needs.  It's delicious.  It's the perfect way to celebrate the booziest day of the year, if lounging at home in your pajamas while catching up on Mad Men is your idea of a really good time (I'm sure I'm not the only one). So whether your plan for today is to go wild or simply head home after work, this easy milkshake should be part of your plans.  Great for winding down with after a rowdy day and the perfect post-work treat, this boozy shake is good on St. Paddy's Day and any day of the year.  Enjoy!

Baileys and Shortbread Milkshake


4-5 scoops vanilla ice cream
2-4 tablespoons Baileys (to taste)
2 shortbread cookies, broken
1/4 cup milk
whipped cream, shortbread cookies for topping


In a blender, combine the ice cream, Baileys, shortbread cookies, and milk.  Blend until smooth.  Pour the milkshake into a tall glass, add a dollop of whipped cream and top with crushed shortbread cookies.  Enjoy!

Makes 1 large milkshake


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