St. Patrick’s Day Sweet Treats
Irish Sweet Tea
Would this be a proper list if we didn’t have a sweet tea recipe? The ol’ Irishman immigrated to Tennessee in the 1800s. We’re really happy they chose to come on over because they found Nashville in 1819! The big question nobody’s asking: How’d it get lost in the first place?
The general mythos around Irish immigrants here in the states generally follows the railroad. Tennessee’s no different! The Irish worked to connect Memphis to Nashville by track, driving westward expansion and kickstarting the inevitable industrial revolution.
Let’s thank our Irish ancestors for this refreshing drink. This sweet tea is sure to hit the spot.
Irish Sweet Tea
- 1 oz Irish Whiskey, tender’s choice
- 1/4 Lemon – cut into wedges
- A refreshing glass of sweet tea
- Ice-O-Matic’s Pearl Ice
- Squeeze the lemon wedges over a highball glass full of pearl ice, then drop them in.
- Add the Irish whiskey and fill with sweet iced tea, or flavor of your choice.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon and fresh mint.
The Original Shamrock Shake
The Shamrock Shake is our corporate overlord’s seasonal, saintly treat. They-who-must-not-be-named (rhymes with McDongals) mix St. Patrick’s Day in a milkshake machine that’s functional just three hours a day.
All that downtime means, sometimes, your sham out of luck. But don’t let that stop you. Just make your own! There’s plenty of recipes out there, but is the minty gut bomb all there is to the sham’s rock? Maybe there’s more to the lore...
McDonal’s unveiled the St. Patrick’s Day shake in 1970, right before the Beatles disbanded. Coincidence?
People liked it, but it didn’t take off for a few years. That all changed in 1974. Click here for more on the history of Shamrock Shake.
Mint is a very popular additive in St. Patrick’s Day treats. McBobbles seems to have a lot to do with that. However, did you know the original flavoring of the St. Patrick’s Day shake was actually lemon-lime? In some secret lab deep underground probably, McBondles swapped the lemon-lime sherbet for more vanilla ice cream and a bucket o’ food coloring. Well, folks, we’re swapping it back.
Here’s what you need to craft your own artisanal shamrock shake.
ORIGINAL SHAMROCK SHAKE
- 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream (about 1/4 c. each)
- 1/4 c. heavy cream*
- 2 scoops of Lemon Lime sherbet
- Green Whipped cream, for topping
- Maraschino cherry, for topping
- 3 drops of green food coloring (optional)
*Heavy cream is not necessary, but it really nails the consistency and texture you’d expect.
- In a blender, mix vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, Lemon-Lime Sherbet and until desired smoothness
- Pour into your chalice of choice.
- Top with whipped cream.
- If you’re feeling adventurous, toss that maraschino on top.
Turns out, an Irish Mudslide is not a natural disaster deep in the Northern Isle, but rather an appetizing treat. You could add mud if you want, but we don’t recommend it.
Here’s how to get muddy. For a step-by-step guide on how to make your own mudslide (not the drink), please read another blog.
- 1.5 oz. Jameson
- 1.5 oz. Baileys
- 1.5 oz. Kahlua
- 3 oz. half and half
- 1 C. ice
- a few drops of green food coloring (optional)
- Mud from your backyard (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a blender bowl and blend until combined and smooth.
- Pour into a highball glass and top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
This blog post is all about chilled, sweet treats to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day. But, as it turns out, we also sell all kinds of ice machines here at Memphis Ice. You could even buy or rent one for your home. Contact us with any questions!
When you make your own treat, let us know how it turned out!
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