Your Homebased Mom has cracked the code on Micky D’s ode to the Irish, the Shamrock Shake!  It looks just like the real thing and uses only a handful of ingredients that may already be in your fridge!

 

We needed to see if this milkshake brought the boys to the yard…

 

Please click here to visit Your Homebased Mom and see the instructions that  we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: Shamrock Shakes?  Love those things!  Although after being “displaced” for 7 months I am on a sabbatical from fast food joints, so if I want some Shamrock Shake action, I’m going to have to make it myself!

Details:

  • I popped for the Monin Green Mint Syrup after the customer reviews convinced me that I would be noshing on fancy desserts and sipping pinky-up French beverages if I did.  I’ll let you know how that goes.
  • I halved the recipe only because I accidentally saw the Nutritional Information on the side of my container as I was shoveling it into the pitcher.
  • Whipped this sucker up in less than a minute with my beloved, Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender. If you don’t have one, you need one.
  • I was too lazy to get the sprinkles out.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I just love my Cuisinart Smart Stick.  It is the best kitchen gadget ever.  I have a little pitcher from IKEA that is always the perfect size for blending smoothies and now milkshakes!  Just dump everything in and blend with hardly any cleanup!

Pros:

Tastes just like the real thing but with an even better texture – like from a malt shop!

Cons:

I halved the recipe.  I wanted more.

Maren - Shake

Conclusion:

I loved this thing, it was even better than the real deal!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #2 – Alicia

Mission: Recreate the infamous McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.

 

Details:

  • Taste TesterI had all the ingredients on hand and had some eager taste-testers.
  • Although I did not have mint syrup, I used mint extract and Crème De Menthe.  Close enough, right?

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This recipe is pretty straightforward. Add ingredients to blender and blend away.  I used a bit more milk than the recipes calls for.

Pros:

Very easy to make and most kitchens will have the items on hand.

Cons:

Not a huge mint fan, but the kids loved it!

Alicia - Shake

Conclusion:

I have never had or tasted a Shamrock Shake before, as I am not a huge fan of mint. I was pleasantly surprise how good this tasted. This will be a great project to make for St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Janet

Mission: I’ve never tried the original McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, but have always wanted to. I was excited to try a homemade version!

 

Details:

  • I picked up the vanilla ice cream and mint extract from the grocery store. I had the food coloring & milk on hand.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I had put a little too much mint extract in my first version, it was slightly overwhelming. Other than that, this was delicious!

Pros:

So easy and tasty, a perfect dessert after a long day!

Cons:

None!  I loved it!

Janet - Shake

Conclusion:

This would be fun to make for kiddos (or yourself) to celebrate St. Patty’s day! Trust me, you should try it!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sheri

Mission: I love mint. Mint chocolate chip is my absolute favorite ice cream. However, I have never before had a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. I figured this would be a great time to give it a try.mint shake4

 

Details:

  • The great thing about a milk-shake…it’s very simple to make, add ice cream and milk.
  • I had to go to three stores in search of mint extract or mint syrup. Peppermint was easy to find, but the recipe requires “mint.” I finally found mint extract and stopped at my local McDonald’s on my way home for my Shamrock Shake comparison.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t forget to put the top on the blender! I learned that lesson when I was 8 years old.

Pros:

A quick and easy treat, and definitely festive for St. Patrick’s Day!

Cons:

Finding mint extract. (Oh and a small Shamrock Shake has 530 calories)

Sheri - Shake

Conclusion:

I have to be honest; I wasn’t really crazy about it. However, the recipe holds true and is well comparable to the McDonald’s shake. I ended up making green vanilla shakes for my crew and they were thrilled! So if you are a fan of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake then try this recipe, it won’t disappoint!

 

 Shake Conclusion

 

The lovely Shamrock Shake and it’s photo by Your Homebased Mom


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Strawberry Mojitos

Kokocooks has shared her recipe for Strawberry Mojitos that are as beautiful as they are fresh!

The gals of The Crafty Collaborative are always up for trying out our bartending skills; so this perfect-for-summer drink was right up our alley!

 

Please click here to visit Kokocooks to see the recipe that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission:  To create a drink worth drinking (can you tell I am not big on rum? More of a wine lady here).

 

Details:

  • I used Bacardi Rum and felt it was fine. Moderately priced. Really the fruit is the star here anyway.
  • The strawberries used were actually sliced because we were having company over and I had already done so.
  • Also, I didn’t use crushed ice but would definitely suggest it. I had to work for these drinks. Trying to crush whole cubes is not ideal so follow the tips from the orginal post.
  • I had never made simple syrup before but found it to be very easy and worth the effort. It made the drink sweet without being grainy with sugar.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely used a tall glass. I chose a skinny mason jar (it was decorative and pretty – just the way I like things).  It was difficult to muddle the ingredients together in such a small glass.

Pros:

This time of year you should be able to get beautiful strawberries with lots of flavor and if you are a gardener fresh mint from a pot outside is a bonus.

Cons:

This drink is a little fussy for me but that is mainly because I prefer to open a bottle and pour – no effort made there!

Conclusion:

This beverage is not only pretty but a nice touch to a dinner party. Really adds visual appeal and the taste was fabulous! It would be perfect for a night of girl talk and appetizers.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: A refreshing and sweet treat for the hot days of summer?  Where do I sign up!

 

Details:

  • I used Bacardi Rum, because I love it.
  • I didn’t have a muddler, so I used a flat-end wooden spoon which worked like a charm!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Making simple syrup is super easy – I made mine in the microwave!

Just dump your 1/2 & 1/2 in a microwave safe dish, nuke for a minute or so, and stir gently with a flat bottom whisk until dissolved and let cool!

Neither my mom [my official mojito tasting partner] nor I are fans of super sweet drinks, but after tasting mine, my mom replied with an enthusiastic, “Sure!  I’ll have one of those!”  I thought that it was pretty sweet but also pretty tasty!  I was also happy that I could still taste the rum!  I do think that when making these cocktails in the future, I would prefer cutting back on the simple syrup since it got really sweet towards the end of the drink.

Pros:

Although this drink required a few more ingredients than the average cocktail, it was easy to make since all you had to do is mash them together and pour in the booze!

Cons:

I wish I would have known just what size glass or amounts of soda that Kokocooks used, because I don’t like guessing when it’s my first time making something.

Conclusion:

Sweet and delish!  If you love fresh strawberries, mint and rum – this is the drink for you!  It’s surprisingly easy to make and hits the spot for refreshment.  It was over 100 degrees out when we made these cocktails and they delivered!

I think that the Strawberry Mojito would be a great addition to any summer get together, whether it’s a girls night or a block party!

 

The lovely Strawberry Mojito photo taken by Kokocooks


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