Mar 15, 2011

Boozy Thin Mint Milkshake

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Is it sort of wrong that I’ve managed to combine something as sweet, innocent and all-American as Girl Scout cookies with liquor?

I mean, I dunno. Maybe. I can’t be sure. I’m kind of all impaired on milkshake right now.
Boozy Thin Mint Milkshake. Get you some.

Maybe it’s because I’m half a boozy milkshake-deep right now, but I just love when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, don’t you? I mean, first of all, it lets us all know that Spring is finally, finally on it’s way. I also sort of love the way that everybody suddenly tells you that they’re Irish, no matter how tiny of a sliver actually exists in their ethnic breakdown (I’m about one-sixteenth, by the way). I can’t think of a single person I know who doesn’t look terrific in green. And really, people, the pure unadultered celebration of beer just can’t be beat. I try not to think about the leprechaun part, because that’s just creepy, but luckily things like McDonald’s Shamrock Shake take your mind off the idea that a tiny, green man could be hiding out under your bed this very second.

Another thing that is always hotly anticipated this time of year is the appearance of those sweet little Girl Scouts out in front of grocery stores, banks and post offices, manning their card tables stacked with boxes, their adorable, dutiful little faces sucker-punching you with requests to buy their crack-like cookies. Every year, I think, just a box of Thin Mints, please, darling Amanda, and every year, without fail, I come away with at least a half-dozen boxes. And then inevitably, the very same day, the husband brings another half-dozen boxes home from work, purchased from some office mate’s kid. Anyone who says people gain the most weight over the holidays have clearly never considered Girl Scout cookies in March. Trouble.

So really, this milkshake celebrates everything that’s great about St. Patrick’s Day. The appearance of the most popular Girl Scout cookie, cheery green things, and booze. Oh, and ice cream, because, ice cream is always something to celebrate. It’s also kind of glorious to come up with a way to cram a day’s worth of calories in a glass.

Boozy Thin Mint Milkshake
Ironically, I found the lucky number 7 to be the perfect number of cookies for this milkshake. More is always welcome, but I wouldn’t recommend less.

I’m including green food coloring here as an option, but I didn’t find it necessary–the shake had a pretty, mint green color that didn’t show up as vibrantly in the above photo.

If you’re a teetotaler or a small child, replace the creme de menthe with a splash of milk, a bit of peppermint extract and a few drops of green food coloring.
Makes 1
4 scoops vanilla ice cream (about 1 generous cup)
3-4 tablespoons creme de menthe
7 Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies
Green food coloring, optional
Toss all ingredients into a blender. Blend thoroughly. Add a drop or two of green food coloring if you wish. Serve immediately. You’re welcome.

  • This might be the best use of Thin Mints I've seen so far!

  • A girl after our hearts…Thin Mints and alcohol. We LOVE this!

  • THis drink…it speaks to me.

    And by speak, I mean whispers sweet, sweet nothings in my ear.

  • and THIS is why I soooooooo love your blog 😉

  • This makes a former Girl Scout happy, very happy!

  • The most tragic thing about this is that my bottle of Creme de Menthe shattered all over the floor just two days ago. Sad. So sad.

  • This is so full of win that I can't possibly put it into words. I was planning to save that box of Thin Mints in my freezer for summer when I make Thin Mint ice cream, but now I'm pretty sure that said box will not last the night (after the kids are in bed, of course)…

  • I love this look delicious! gloria

  • Too bad I already ate all the thin mints! This looks great.

  • Okay…now I have to track down a Girl Scout. I can't believe I work in a school and no one has asked me to buy Girl Scout cookies. Must remedy that.

  • Made this tonight with my friends and we all LOVED it! So fun and yummy.

  • Kristin–BEST! Awesome.

  • You had me at "boozy."

  • Ohhh this looks good. Normally, I'd be thinking "I wish I could have this, but they don't have GS cookies in France". But I just realized I was in Illinois for a week. Off to get some cookies!!

  • Mmm, minty! Looks damn good to me.

  • So sinful! I love thin mints, and would gladly drink them anyway. Such a creative idea!

  • Girl Scout cookies are one of the things I always look forward to in March. I don't know why, but I'm hooked on Thin Mints. I think a Thin Mint shake sounds perfect!

  • This is both awesome and ingenious! I too have fallen prey to the Girl Scouts outside the grocery store…and since then all I've been fantasizing about is making my own Samoas, which clearly would be a recipe for disaster.

  • wow!

  • this is the best St Patrick's recipe I've seen! I desperately want to make it but haven't run across any Girl Scouts recently…

  • Everything is both so wrong and so right with that milkshake. Way to go for it all, and for sharing with us!

  • This is a combo that was made for me 🙂

  • My goodness, this looks SOOO good!! I love mint ice cream, having it in milkshake form sound like heaven!

  • This is a relatively easy dish to make, especially if you have the base
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