March 16, 2016

A Grown-up Shamrock Shake


for the milkshake:
1 1/2 oz Branca Menta
2/3 cup double chocolate gelato
1/2 cup milk

to make the syrup:

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon Brancamenta

to serve: whipped cream

To make the syrup: Bring water and sugar to a boil, whisking until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in cocoa and continue to whisk until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the Branca Menta. Allow to cool.

Place the milkshake ingredients in a milkshake maker or blender. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the syrup. Blend until thick and creamy. Pour into a glass. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of syrup. Serve immediately.

Serves 1. Refrigerate leftover syrup up to one week.

My thoughts:
Brancamenta is like Fernet-Branca's younger, more easily drinkable cousin. It is also an herbal digestif but it has a light, minty taste that is taste on its own, mixed into drinks or if you are feeling adventurous, made into a rich chocolate syrup and paired with yummy gelato. If you love a shamrock shake, you will really love this more adult, complex, homemade version. It is super simple to make and very refreshing!

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