It has been a long week friends. Without a lot of good news, we thought that we would share a little pick me up. At the point that Rhonda is writing this post, Craig is having his second virtual happy hour of the week. How do you have a virtual virtual happy hour? Schedule a zoom meeting with your closest friends, grab a cocktail and happy hour it up! The Oreo Menta Shake would be a great concoction for a virtual happy hour.
In celebration of our Irish heritages and as a toast to St. Patrick’s Day this week, we thought that we would share a special adult shake with you with a little mint to savor. The Oreo Menta Shake is an easy adult shake to create, and tastes just as delicious as it looks! The Branca Menta adds just enough minty kick to this smooth, creamy concoction. It will have you feeling like you found the end of a rainbow.
Before we get started with how to make the Oreo Menta Shake, we would like to share a fun story with you. We are always interested in how various products get their start. We have used Fernet Branca Liqueuer in a few of our other recipes that we have shared with you on the blog. Fernet Branca, which has been around since 1845, is like the grandfather to Branca Menta. Branca Menta was created in the 1960s. Apparently a famous Italian Opera singer named Maria Callas was known to drink Fernet Branca along with a touch of mint syrup before each performance. The Branca family were huge fans of Maria Callas. They were very flattered that she drink their product, but were confused why she felt that she needed to “improve” on their creation. Inspired by her idea, the Branca family began to produce and sell both Fernet Branca and Branca Menta. So the next time you have a sip of Branca Menta, you can think about Maria Callas and her contribution to the liqueur family.
To make the Oreo Menta Shake, you need some mint chocolate chip ice cream (we prefer Blue Bell), some crushed Oreos and mini Oreos for garnish, milk and Branca Menta Liqueur.
Place the ingredients together in a blender and pulse until creamy and smooth. Pour into serving glasses and garnish with mini Oreos on cocktail skewer or toothpick. We gave our glasses a little extra flair by rimming the glasses in chocolate syrup and rimmed in crushed Oreos. You can sprinkle some crushed Oreos over the top of the shake for extra flavor and appeal.
The Oreo Menta Shake makes a great dessert when hosting guests. This is definitely going to be on our summertime menu for gatherings at our house! What about you? Are you already making plans for sunny summer gatherings with friends?
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