This year, McDonald’s broke tradition when it released four new chocolaty takes on its classic shamrock shake. Last week, we did McDonald’s one better when we devised a chocolate shamrock shake with alcohol.
This boozy take on America’s most nonsensical St. Patrick’s Day tradition gets its punch from Fernet-Branca, an herbaceous, somewhat mentholated bitter liqueur from Italy, and white creme de cacao liqueur. It’s pleasant (not-overpowering) candied mint flavor is courtesy of a judicious amount of creme de menthe syrup, which renders the drink the palest of greens. If you want a more dramatic green, feel free to add food coloring.
Fernet-Branca Shamrock Shake
Yield: 1 big shake
3 cups vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 ounces creme de menthe syrup
1 ounce Fernet-Branca
1 ounce creme de cacao liqueur
1/2 cup half and half (or substitute heavy cream or whole milk)
Whipped cream, fresh mint, sprinkles, decorative straw, and a shamrock stirrer, for garnish (optional)
- Add ice cream, creme de menthe syrup, Fernet, creme de cacao, and half and half in a blend. Whirl to a smooth, uniform consistency.
- Pour into a chilled hurricane glass. Garnish with whipped cream, fresh mint, sprinkles, a decorative straw, and shamrock stirrer.