Friday, 10 May 2013

Fabulous Friday: Cocktail Hour

Baileys and Salted Caramel Milkshake

Rachel, Dublin

I'm not sure what it is that comes over the Irish once the sun comes out.  I suppose we've been so short changed when it comes to good weather that, at the first glimpse of sunshine, we all rush out to barbecue anything we can lay our hands on before the next set of clouds roll in.

The Fiancé is not immune to the effects of sunshine and, after a stroll around Killiney Hill last weekend, he announced that he wanted to buy some ingredients to make dessert.  A quick trip to the supermarket resulted in a basket containing ice cream, chocolate, milk and spray cream (something I normally wouldn't allow in the house).  

Eager to get creating, dessert quickly became a pre-dinner cocktail, not that you'll feel like eating much after one of these.  Indeed, I think the saving grace of a cocktail as indulgent as this is the fact that you can only really have one at a time.  

What follows isn't really a recipe, it's more of an invitation to experiment.  The Baileys and salted caramel concoction (pictured above) was followed by chocolate peanut butter, the chocolate flavour coming from crushed bourbon biscuits; mint chocolate; Baileys and amaretto using crushed nocciolini (hazelnut biscuits); and bourbon and salted caramel.  As happens when you're experimenting, they weren't all wonderful.  I found the creme de menthe too harsh a mint flavour to balance with the chocolate.  It was happily devoured by Himself though who nipped back to the shops to replenish the ice cream supply!

Chocolate Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate, Bourbon and Salted Caramel

grown up milkshake

ratio 3:1 ice cream to liquid

3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream for a tall glass

liquid can be syrup, alcohol or milk or a combination (approx 60ml)

add chocolate shavings or biscuits for flavour and texture

add crushed ice for a slightly lighter cocktail

Place all the ingredients in a liquidiser and blend until you reach your desired consistency and flavour.  We have a bottle of salted caramel syrup that I brought home from France, if you want to make your own this salted caramel sauce recipe sounds perfect. Add crushed ice if desired and pour into a tall glass. Top with a swirl of cream and chocolate shavings.  An indulgent treat for a sunny (or any other) day.

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