Coffee and Irish Cream Iced Shakerino

I’m not sure how I came up with the name Shakerino for this drink. It may have been a goof when I mixed up the Italian name, and concept of the drink. But this Shakerino is sort of dyslexian (or dystopian, if you’re an authenticarian – another word I made up) riff off the Italian Shakerato, a caffè drink made by shaking espresso and sugar…

I’m not sure how I came up with the name Shakerino for this drink. It may have been a goof when I mixed up the Italian name, and concept of the drink. But this Shakerino is sort of dyslexian (or dystopian, if you’re an authenticarian – another word I made up) riff off the Italian Shakerato, a caffè drink made by shaking espresso and sugar syrup to a froth with ice.

I revisited it recently when I was cleaning out files on my computer and came across this recipe that I developed so long ago that my word processing program was struggling to find a compatible program or method to open it with. But I shook one up and after that first sip, I remembered why I liked it so much. In fact, I didn’t remember how good it was! (If that makes sense.)

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Homemade Eggnog Milkshake

Easy Eggnog Milkshake
Eggnog is a holiday classic, but that doesn’t mean that there is only one way to enjoy it. Eggnog can be served hot, cold or at room temperature and I like it in all three forms. To take this holiday treat to another level, try a Homemade Eggnog Milkshake this season! This decadent …

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Easy Eggnog Milkshake
Eggnog is a holiday classic, but that doesn’t mean that there is only one way to enjoy it. Eggnog can be served hot, cold or at room temperature and I like it in all three forms. To take this holiday treat to another level, try a Homemade Eggnog Milkshake this season! This decadent dessert drink is the perfect way to end a holiday meal.

I really enjoy eggnog during the holiday season. I often make my own version of the creamy egg-enriched beverage, but there are many great store bought brands out there to choose from if you are looking to save a little time in the kitchen. The quality of store-bought eggnog has definitely improved over the years, as the drink only gets more and more popular.

Just as the name suggests, this milkshake is made with eggnog. The ‘nog makes it especially rich and it has a hint of custard to it that you won’t find in a plain vanilla milkshake, although you certainly get plenty of vanilla flavor in the finished drink. Eggnog is typically flavored with vanilla and nutmeg. I add more of both to the milkshake because these flavors can be muted in a cold drink and you want them to stand out. Combine the eggnog with a good quality vanilla ice cream to give the drink a good base. Feel free to play around with the ratios here because different brands of eggnog have different consistencies and you might prefer your milkshake to be thicker or thinner than I do. No matter how you make it, be sure to save some room in the glass to top yours with a layer of whipped cream and a bit of additional nutmeg.

This recipe makes enough for about four people, depending on how big your glasses are. It could serve two if you really want to indulge. It could also easily serve more if you want to pour it into smaller punch cups. You can scale the recipe up or down to suit your needs.

Bonus: If you want to put a more adult twist on this milkshake, blend in about 1/4 cup of dark rum. It will give it boozy molasses note that works beautifully with the vanilla and nutmeg, without overpowering those flavors.

Homemade Eggnog Milkshake
2 1/2 cups prepared eggnog, chilled
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for topping
whipped cream, for topping

Combine all ingredients, except the whipped cream, in a blender and blend at low speed to combine for a few seconds. Turn speed to high and blend until creamy and smooth. If the shake is too thick, add in a few more tablespoonfuls of eggnog. Divide into serving glasses and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg on top before serving.

Serves 4.

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Banana Batida

Banana Batida
Blended drinks are always crowd pleasers in the summer, a great way to quench your thirst and cool down. They can be made in a variety of ways, whether you’re whipping up a batch of smoothies for all ages or mixing a pitcher of pina coladas for a more grown up party. This …

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Banana Batida
Blended drinks are always crowd pleasers in the summer, a great way to quench your thirst and cool down. They can be made in a variety of ways, whether you’re whipping up a batch of smoothies for all ages or mixing a pitcher of pina coladas for a more grown up party. This Banana Batida is a blended drink from Brazil that can be made in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions. It’s sweet, fruity and very easy to make.

While the caipirinha is one of the most famous cocktails in Brazil, it isn’t the only one. A batida is a blended cocktail that is typically made with cachaça and juice, coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk or some combination of those ingredients. Since it is blended, batidas tend to be sweeter and less potent than other cocktails, including the caipirinha, and are wonderful for sipping on a hot summer day.

Banana Batida

This Banana Batida is made with ripe bananas, sweetened condensed milk and plenty of ice. The sweetened condensed milk really pairs well with the banana, making it seem as if all that sweetness comes from the banana alone, and it also gives the drink a velvety texture. You can make both an alcoholic version by adding cachaça and a non alcoholic version by substituting an equal amount of milk. This allows you to make the milkshake-like drink for guests of all ages to enjoy! I personally enjoy them both ways and have been known to whip up the non-alcoholic version for myself in the morning instead of my regular breakfast routine.

This makes a fairly large drink, so feel free to split it into two smaller glasses if you want to share. The banana-flavored drink goes down easily and I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly the full sized version of this recipe disappears once it is poured into a glass.

Banana Batida
1 medium-large banana
3 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 oz cachaça (for boozy version) or
1 12 oz milk (for non-boozy version)
approx 2 cups ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender, using cachaça for an “adult” version and milk for a non-alcoholic version. Blend at low speed until ice is crushed, then increase speed to high and blend for 30-50 seconds, until drink is smooth and creamy.
Pour into a large glass to serve.

Serves 1 (or 2 small servings)

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Chocolate Milkshake

updated post, orig pub: 4/26/09

This recipe is for a straight up, dessert-tasting, vegan Chocolate Milkshake. But I promise, this tall, frosty, creamy concoction is absolutely good for you…..Read more »

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updated post, orig pub: 4/26/09 This recipe is for a straight up, dessert-tasting, vegan Chocolate Milkshake. But I promise, this tall, frosty, creamy concoction is absolutely good for you.....Read more »

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