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Very Minty Milkshake for Paddy’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and if you want a hint of green in your dessert to celebrate, you have a couple options. You could grab a bottle of green food colouring and add it to most any dessert that is light in colour – from whipped cream to vanilla ice cream to creme caramel. It’s effective, but it’s something we would never do at Murphys. We’re stubborn that way, and on point of principle, we never use colouring – natural or otherwise. Of course, that limits the options for a green Patrick’s Day dessert of flavour.

However, it can be done, and the obvious candidates for green flavours are matcha (green tea) or mint. The latter makes an especially tasty milkshake if you are a minty kind of person, and I like mine strong. Blending fresh mint leaves with ice cream and milk makes also creates a pleasing light green hue that gives a nod to the patron saint of Ireland. Here’s how you can do it:

Fresh Very Minty Milkshake

Ingredients (serves 1):

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

1 cup milk.

30 fresh mint leaves (removed from the stalk)

What to do:

1. Put the ice cream, mint and milk in the blender or food processor and allow it to soften for at least two minutes. Blending it straight away will leave lumps of ice cream in the shake.

2. Blend until smooth, on high speed.

3. Garnish with cream and a mint leaf.

4. If you really like mint, add more leaves!

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3 Responses to “Very Minty Milkshake for Paddy’s Day”

  1. February 24th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Ice Cream Cones says:

    It looks yummy and refreshing! How about the ginger flavor? I love ice cream since I was a kid. Glad to hear that you have amazing innovative discoveries beyond this.

  2. February 24th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Pippa says:

    Drinking spinach in smoothies from time to time, I know that makes a mean green as well … though that’s perhaps a wee bit adventurous for anything ice-cream and milkshake related, even for St Paddy’s Day!

  3. March 2nd, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Donna from Yumma Yumma says:

    Minty yummy! I’m not a huge mint fan except when it comes to ice cream! Super yummy!

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Kieran Murphy is a director of Murphys Ice Cream living in Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

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