Dirty Snowball Cocktail0
It’s me! Chef Scott comin’ at ya from snow free and sunny cold St Petersburg.
I want one snow day a year. Just one… maybe 2, but then the next day it’s 70 again and it all goes away.
There were some kids in the chocolate shop today from Connecticut. I asked them what the weather was like. They told me some unholy single digit and I think we all exhaled a little puff of ice breath.
Here’s my thoughts on temperature. I have lived for extended periods in every corner of the States. I have experienced and survived “the worst winter since 1967” in Wilkes Barre PA, and the “hottest summer on record” in Scottsdale AZ.
72 is perfect. 62 is cool, grab a sweater. 52 is leather coat and gloves and maybe a scarf. 42 is full Michelin Man. 32 is stay in… if it means outside, it can’t be done. Below 32-ish I am like a lobster in stasis.
But it wasn’t always like that. Watching those kids on vacation today reminded me of meeting up with friends and cousins in the snow about this time of year. I have a mean cousin named Harold. Who knows why he’s so mean… maybe he got dropped on his head. The point is, we never really wanted to play with Harold after he came up with his secret weapon guaranteed to send the weakest cousin home crying. His Dirty Snowball. In his defense he never added actual rocks. More wet than that. Mud. Crap. Who knows what… his purpose was not physical pain, but abject humiliation. The DSB was meant to wreck your cute snow jumper and matching snow hat. I might have been in the snowball fight for the wrong reasons…. anyway….
I really love a good milk shake. I never have the ingredients because I shy from dairy to a degree. And I certainly don’t buy store bought ice cream. I AM a food snob after all. But this week finds me catering and baking and so I have all that stuff. I sorta hate to say that it was nearly 75 today. I had some mini bar sized Vanilla Vodka that a friend gave me as a joke… and I wanted a shake.
So I started goofing around… and I ended up with a tribute to my mean cousin Harold. I give you, ”Scott’s Dirty Snowball”, I hope you dig it!
This recipe makes enough for (2) 16 ounce shakes
- Tall cup
- Short Cup
- Cross Blade
- 2 Frozen Glasses
- ¼ C Sugar
- ¼ C Water
- 5 Leaves Fresh Mint (more or less. Use peppermint schnapps instead, or peppermint oil)
- 2 oz Vanilla Vodka (I’m a lightweight… go heavier here if you like it boozy. Or omit it :o)
- Vanilla Ice Cream (as much as will fit)
- Milk (or almond milk… soy, coconut…. what have you)
- Chocolate syrup
- Remove frozen glasses and drizzle chocolate syrup down the insides of the glass. Return to the freezer.
- In a small saucepan add the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, and continue boiling for 2 or 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool briefly.
- While syrup is still warm, add the mint leaves and stir. Add the Vodka.
- Put this mixture in the small cup and blend for 20 seconds. Strain the solids that are left over.
- Add the mint vodka syrup to the tall cup.
- Add as much ice cream as you like. I crammed it full… leave an inch or more free space.
- Add a few pinches of coconut and milk.
- Attach cross blade and blend until smooth ( I found that I had to stop and add a little more milk.)
- Pour into frozen decorated glasses and garnish with additional chocolate syrup and coconut. <<ADVICE>> the coconut that went into the Bullet was ground to bits. Hardly noticed it. The Garnish however was another story… careful or you have to chew your shake.
I had a blast putting this together…
Now lift your dirty snowballs with me… a Toast to Harold! Huzzah!
Hope you’re having a great winter…
I’m sending my warmest regards….