The concentric circles of people who drink cucumber-infused kombucha and Shamrock Shakes are probably one. But Austin Sherman, who previously tended bar at New Orleans' SoBou and is now co-founder of kombucha-makers Big Easy Bucha has an idea that will increase that circle exponentially. After chilling cucumber vodka (he likes Seven Three Distilling's St. Roch Vodka), pour 2 ounces into the shake, and top with 2 ounces of cucumber-infused kombucha (like his company’s Geaux Green Kombucha). “Do your gut a favor this St. Paddy's Day and incorporate some kombucha alongside the booze to strike a bit of balance,” he said. “We used a local cucumber vodka and our cucumber kombucha to play up the refreshing minty flavor profile of the shake."
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We’re bad at coming up with cocktail names, but we wholeheartedly approve of any drink that combines Mint Milanos and marshmallow flavoring. Bartender Brian Roginski from Chicago, Illinois’ Cortland's Garage wants you to crush up a few Mint Milanos into a medium Shamrock Shake and mix in 2 ounces of Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka. Top it with Hershey’s chocolate syrup. “This tastes like a Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie followed by a sweet and true marshmallow finish,” he said. Now, why didn’t he make a recipe with Thin Mints? Look, we don’t question a man’s thinking when the end result tastes this good!
If you like mint -- and we mean, really, really, really like mint -- this cocktail is going to be your favorite. Adolfo Calderon of Chicago’s hospitality company DineAmic said you can use all four of these liquors, or even just one. But to keep this super minty and super Irish-themed, we’re gonna say all four is a good bet. Take a 1/2 ounce of white chocolate liqueur (he likes Godiva), Jameson, Baileys Irish Cream, and Rumple Minze, and dump it in the shake. “The Godiva liqueur blends well with the vanilla soft serve, and the Jameson keeps the milkshake Irish-themed,” he said. The Rumple Minze just adds mint on top of mint, which is a solidly good idea.
Tequila, Frangelico, and Xocolatl bitters don’t seem like obvious bedfellows for a Shamrock Shake, but we’ll let head bartender Lucas Knudsen of South Beach, Florida’s Shore Club South Beach explain why it makes sense. “The mixture of ingredients offer minty and nutty undertones that are graciously complemented with a hint of chocolate spice,” he said. “1942 tequila gives it a nice caramel flavor with a velvety smooth touch.” To prepare this, mix 2 ounces of a Shamrock Shake with 1 1/2 ounces of Don Julio 1942, 1/2 ounces of Frangelico and 1 bar spoon of Xocolatl bitters. Shake and strain into a glass.
We’re not including any recipes that utilize UFC fighter Conor McGregor’s Proper No. 12 Irish whiskey, which feels like a real wasted opportunity to accentuate the whole “actual Irish booze in an Irish-themed treat” thing. But Richmond, Virginia bartender Kevin Sheffield of Lady N’awlins and F.W. Sullivan’s had other ideas for this cocktail that he said is “so good, it’ll knock you out.” Get it? We hope he doesn’t mean the cocktail will somehow become sentient, grow two arms, and punch you! That’d be awful. But you know what, don’t worry about the inevitable dystopian robot nightmare we’ll soon live in, and instead add two shots of Fireball and one shot of RumChata to the Shamrock Shake. And then have a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day!