Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thursty Thursdays - Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Liqueur

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With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, it has been a challenge trying to think of different ways to celebrate the pseudo holiday. I couldn't bring myself to succumb to the cliched green cocktail that is so often associated with March 17. I thought and thought and searched and searched and it finally dawned on me to keep it simple and traditional with a classic Irish cream liqueur (thanks to this recipe). Adding a little hint of mint goes a long way in this creamy concoction that can very easily be bottled and given away as a gift for any occasion. Now, if I can only find something green in my closet that will save me the pain of getting pinched on Saturday...

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Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Liqueur


Yield: approximately 4 1/2 cups liqueur
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Warning: recipe contains raw eggs.

Ingredients:

> 1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
> 1 cup heavy cream
> 4 large eggs
> 2 tablespoons pure mint extract
> 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
> 2 teaspoons espresso powder (substitute instant coffee granules)
> 2 teaspoons pure vanilla bean paste (substitute pure vanilla extract)
> 8-12 ounces Irish whiskey (depends on how strong you like it!)


Directions:

> Add all ingredients except the whiskey to the blender, and process until smooth and frothy, about 15-30 seconds.
> Pour whiskey into the blender, and process to distribute throughout mixture.
> Set a strainer over a bowl and pour irish cream through, straining out any bits of egg or espresso powder that didn't get fully incorporated into the mixture.
> Using a funnel, ladle the Irish cream into clean, sterilized bottles.
> Screw the tops on the bottles tightly, and store in the fridge.
> Label your bottles with a "use-by" date, as the Irish cream will keep for 30 days from the day you make it if stored properly in the fridge.
> The cream will naturally separate when stored in the fridge, so simply shake the bottle gently to mix everything together.

3 comments:

  1. Will be making this recipe---also love that you refer to it as a pseudo holiday ;) you couldn't be more right. muah.

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  2. I'm so glad that I accidentally stumbled across your blog. Beautiful photos, beautiful blog, beautiful YOU. love your taste, and this looks soo yum a def must try, thanks! xO

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  3. I'm so glad that I accidentally stumbled across your blog. Beautiful photos, beautiful blog, this recipe is a must try. thank you so much!

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Merci beaucoup!

 
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