St. Patty's Day Treat: Guinness Milkshakes

Guinness is to Ireland what St. Arnold's is to Houston: a diehard local favorite used for drinking, basting, cooking, roasting, marinating and celebrating. But mostly drinking. It's a national treasure, a regional gem, an Irishman's delight. So start your St. Patrick's Day celebration off right with an afternoon Guinness Milkshake. It may sound odd, but the bitter nuttiness of the beer combined with the sweet richness of the ice cream creates a perfect pairing that will leave your Irish eyes a' smilin'. After all, St. Patrick's Day without Guinness is like ketchup in your eggs... It just ain't right, y'all.

Guinness Milkshakes

You'll need: Guinness, chocolate ice cream, a blender, an ice cream scoop, and 2 large glasses. Note: You're welcome, of course, to use Vanilla ice cream if you like, but we prefer the added splendor that goes along with chocolate.

Step 1: Soften ice cream - just leave it on the counter for about 10 minutes. Then, add 4 large scoops of that luscious chocolate ice cream right into the blender.

Step 2: Add 12 ounces of your favorite Guinness beer (we like the stout) to the blender. Be sure to pour slowly to avoid that textbook Guinness malty foam.

Step 3: Place lid on blender and blend to a smooth consistency. If the shake is too watery, add more ice cream; if it's too thick, add more beer.

Step 4: Pour into serving glasses. Tall, pretty serving glasses. This recipe makes about two 16-ounce servings.

Step 5: Add garnishes as desired. We suggest whipped cream, crushed Oreos, a mint leaf, or green sprinkles.

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