Oreo Menta Shake

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.

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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?

 

Disclaimer: Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking.  Drink responsibly.

Celebrate Summer with Ice Cream

We got away for a few days to spend some time at the gorgeous white sand beaches of Florida to soak in the sun.

Now it is time to think about the 4th of July and fireworks!  If you have hung around our blog long enough you know that ice cream is a favorite summer treat for our family.  This week we are taking a look back at 9 great ice cream favs to try this summer.

Treat #1: Tequila Strawberry Lime Ice Cream Pie

This is one our favorite ice cream desserts.  The strawberry, tequila, and pretzel crust make an interesting but very tasty combination.

Treat #2: Kerrygold Ice Cream

Hands down, this is the easiest, yummiest homemade ice cream we’ve ever tried.  The recipe is so basic and simple that it is easy to adapt for other flavors.

Treat #3: Kerrygold Caramel Shake

 

This shake is like discovering a gold mine of ice cream and chocolate delight.  The easy recipe makes this a fun and quick dessert for any guest.

Treat #4: Mojito Ice Cream

Based on the same recipe as treat #2, this ice cream has a rum and mint twist.  Serve with a sprig of fresh lime and let the refreshing, cool taste wash over you!

Treat #5: Cafe’ Borghetti PBIF Pie

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Fudge Pie is Craig’s favorite dessert of all time!  The chocolate sauce mixed with the crispy peanut butter crust is a delicious combination.

Treat #6: Cannonball

We shared this treat with you in May.  Like other ice cream treats, this can easily be adapted for a range of flavors and tastes.  We are thinking about making a red, white and blue combo for the 4th.  What do you think?

Treat #7: Espresso Ice Cream

Have you tried this one yet?  We (Rhonda) recently finished the last few bites of this yummy treat that were left in our freezer.  Don’t forget to check out the fun serving suggestions included in this post.

Treat #8: Choco Menta Shake

The king of our ice cream treats — The Choco Menta Shake!  If you are a mint chocolate chip or a Girl Scout Thin Mint fan, this is the shake for you.  Stay extra cool on the inside and out with this special treat.

Treat #9: Borghetti Coke Float

So easy, so tasty, and so fresh!  Remind yourself what it was like to be a kid — only better, by trying the Borghetti Coke Float.

Which treat is your favorite? Try one or try them all.  We’d love to hear about it.

 

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.

Who needs half price shakes after 8?

 

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One of our favorite treats is ice cream.  It just makes you happy.  Why is that?  Is it because many of us relate some vivid memory of childhood to ice cream?  We both remember making homemade ice cream with our families as kids.  It was always such a treat when it was finally frozen and ready to eat. Rhonda’s grandparents lived less than a block away from the local Dairy Queen.  It was always a special event to walk down the block and buy a Dilly Bar from the DQ.  Craig remembers that his dad would wake up in the middle of the night and sneak into the kitchen to eat ice cream from the carton.  His dad would eat the ice cream in leveled layers, hoping that no one would notice that he had been in the freezer in the late hours of the night.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, we love ice cream!  No matter how full you are, you can always make room for ice cream.  It slips into the cracks!

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This week you are going to get 2 great recipes for the low, low price of one.  First up is the Choco Menta Shake.  Think Girl Scout Thin Mint in a shake!  This shake is made with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream, milk, chocolate syrup, Branca Menta and Kerrygold.  Place all of the ingredients into your blender.  Blend well and serve in a chilled glass.

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Branca Menta is a mint liqueur.  It is a cousin to the Carpano Antica that we shared with you in our Sangria recipe.  Like Carpano Antica, it is a product of Italy and made from a very old recipe passed down for generations.  If you like mint, you will love its taste.  We have other recipes that use this refreshing liqueur that we will share with you in future posts.

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You may have heard of Kerrygold butter.  Kerrygold Irish Cream is also available in the United States.  Kerrygold Irish Cream is made with real cream from Irish grass-fed cows, Irish whiskey, and real chocolate.  Other Irish creams only use chocolate flavoring, but Kerrygold uses the real stuff!  This creamy sensation tastes great served over ice, but we included it in our chocolate shakes to give them an extra creamy chocolaty flavor.

 

Choco Menta Shake

  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 Tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 1 ounce Branca Menta
  • 2 ounces Kerrygold Irish Cream

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately in a chilled glass.  Garnish with syrup and mint leaves.  Serves 2.

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Our Kerrygold Caramel Shake has the same ingredients except there is no Branca Menta. Remember in the Bananas Foster post, we told you to save your extra caramel sauce?  Well, you will be happy you did.  It makes a great addition to the Kerrygold Caramel Shake.  Yummo!

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Save your caramel from Bananas Foster

Kerrygold Caramel Shake

  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 ounce of caramel syrup
  • 2 ounces of Kerrygold Irish Cream
  • Sprinkles, Sea Salt, Caramel Syrup or Chocolate Syrup for garnish.

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Serve immediately in chilled glass.  Garnish. Serves 2.

Want to make your shakes look special?  Try a few of our tricks for garnishing.  Chilling the glass ahead of time prevents your shake from melting too quickly.  You can also drizzle some chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass prior to pouring the shake inside.  It gives your shake a professional look.

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It’s all in the details

I drizzled some chocolate syrup on the top of the shake and added a few small mint leaves for a special garnish.

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You can also garnish your shake by placing the rim of the glass in chocolate syrup.  Then place the syrupy rim into a plate covered in sprinkles.  This will give your shakes a fancy look that will be sure to impress guests.

We would love to hear if you try one or both of the shakes.  Do you serve shakes as beverages or desserts?  Desserts you drink?  We can’t decide.  How do you like to dress your drinks to impress?

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Disclaimer:  The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years and older.  We do not support or encourage underage drinking.  Always drink responsibly and never drink and drive.