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St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays. What's not to love? It's a great excuse to have a cocktail or two, there are awesome parades in very Irish cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, (wait Philadelphia? Yes! Philadelphia had its first St. Patrick's Day parade in 1771!) and it doesn't hurt that I look amazing in green. 😉 Plus, McDonald's Shamrock Shake comes out of retirement!

Kate and Colm 1993

Kate and Colm 1993

I'm lucky enough to be married to a true Irishman. We met 26 years ago, fittingly, in a dive Irish pub in Port Chester, New York. I was joking with the bartender about being Irish–trying to get a free drink–and he pointed to Colm and said “He's from Ireland, maybe he'll buy you one”.

I started talking to Colm and totally thought he was faking his accent. Then I noticed he was reading the Belfast Telegraph and drinking a Guinness and thought maybe he really was from Ireland.

Now, if it hadn't been for my oldest and dearest friend Kathy, that would have been the end of the story. But she met Colm's co-worker, and he invited us to watch them play darts the following night.

And, as they say, the rest is history.

Nearly 27 years later and we are still here. Sadly, last year that dive bar closed its doors for good. But we are still going strong. It's been a rollercoaster but I wouldn't want to be on it with anyone else.

shamrock plantOn my first trip over to Ireland, I was pretty surprised to learn that the Irish don't really celebrate St. Patrick's Day, definitely not like we do here in the USA. Although you will now find parades in a few of the larger cities, like Dublin, traditionally, St Patrick’s Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. Most Irish families would attend church wearing shamrocks to symbolize the teaching of the holy trinity by St. Patrick, and after church the family would head home for a large roast, similar to a typical American Sunday dinner.

Anyhow, now I am a little too old for the customary American debauchery that happens on St. Patrick's Day, but I do like to imbibe in a cocktail or two.

This recipe is one of my favorites. My Boozy Shamrock Shake is similar to a Mudslide, but swap out the Kahlua for Crème de menthe. It's delicious and the perfect color for a St. Patrick's Day cocktail!

I hope you like it as much as I do… just don't let the kids have a taste. My 9 year old's eyes got huge and said “Mmm a Shamrock Shake”! Thankfully, I was faster than she was :-).

TOPO organic vodkaOnce again I used North Carolina's own TOPO Organic Spirits to create this Boozy Shamrock Shake. (BTW: This is not a sponsored post, I purchased a 750 ml bottle at our local ABC store.) I really love the organic vodka which is distilled from wheat instead of corn. It doesn’t have that hard, almost medicinal flavor that other vodkas can have. It’s very smooth and has almost a sweet, buttery vanilla flavor, but has a bit of heat at the end. And unlike most brands I've tried, I actually LOVE the aroma of the TOPO Organic Vodka.

TOPO (Top of the Hill) Organic Spirits, located in Chapel Hill, is the the first and only fully local and USDA certified organic distillery in the deep South AND the only Green+ Certified distillery in the country! What is a Green+ certified distillery? Here is what they say on their website: “… we take great measures to ensure our building, equipment and products are environmentally sustainable. We’ve reduced our water usage by 70% through the use of a closed loop system, wherein our heat exchanger and cooling tanks reuse the water during the cooking process. Each of our bottles are washed, filled and labeled by hand and our bottles are shipped in 100% recycled packaging.”

TOPO currently offers four Certified Organic spirits, Eight Oaks Carolina Whiskey, Vodka, Piedmont Gin, and Carolina Moonshine Whiskey, all products are wheat-based. TOPO also operates the 8th oldest surviving brewery in North Carolina. “Three beers are maintained on tap year round–the Kenan Lager, Old Well White and Ram’s Head IPA. Three other taps rotate styles that vary between a total of approximately 20 beers being brewed every year out of 60 TOPO recipes. Top of the Hill Brewery is one of the few breweries in the nation to have platinum medals for three separate beers.”

Boozy Shamrock Shake

Boozy Shamrock Shake
Yield: 2 Shakes

Boozy Shamrock Shake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 oz TOPO Organic Vodka
  • 2 1/2 oz Creme de Menthe
  • 2 1/2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
  • 2-3 cups ice
  • Whipped cream, cherries & sprinkles for decoration


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Garnish as desired and serve immediately.


If you want your Boozy Shamrock Shake to taste a bit sweeter, substitute the heavy cream for some vanilla ice cream, sweetened whipped cream, or even Cool Whip!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 763Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 0gSugar: 37gProtein: 4g
Looking for more yummy “Irish” treats? Check out my Chocolate Irish Crème brûlée.

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