Thursday, March 17, 2011


The Potato Colada

Earlier, we conquered the eating part of St. Patrick's Day, and now it's time to get down to some well-deserved drinking! I've created a signature cocktail which I call the Potato Colada.

It combines so many of the things that make Ireland great (Irish Creme, milk, tubers) into one mouth-watering beverage. Essentially, this cocktail is like alcoholic chocolate milk, which — let's face it — is the best of all possible worlds. I was originally going to serve it in a regular old glass, but then Edith suggested we drink them from potatoes, which we will obviously do because a) there is nothing more Irish than a potato, and b) how many times in your life do you have the chance to drink out of a potato?

OK, let's dive right in, because the faster we make them, the faster we can drink them!!!

Here's what you'll need:

-Irish Creme (Bailey's or any other brand is fine.)

-Milk (I used whole, but use whatever you have.)

-Chocolate syrup

-Potatoes, as large as possible (You'll need one potato for every person you plan to serve.)

-Hairpins, for garnish (Duh.)

Here's what to do:

-Combine equal parts Irish Creme and milk in a glass or pitcher. I used 1/2 cup of each, and it was more than enough to fill 2 potatoes.

-For every cup of liquid you use (just eyeball it), add one tablespoon of chocolate syrup.

-Mix it all around with a spoon until the syrup is dissolved. Taste it to make sure it's chocolate-y enough for you. If it's not, stir in more syrup. Then stick the whole thing in the fridge while you get the potatoes prepped.

-Scrub the potatoes clean, and pat them dry.

-Cut a bit off one end (maybe 1/4 of the potato), just at the point where the potato gets the widest. This creates the top of the "glass." Then you'll want to slice a tiny bit off the bottom, just enough so that there's a small flat surface for the potato to rest on so it will stay upright.

-Now you need to hollow out the potatoes. I used a teaspoon to carve out the insides — be careful not to get too close to the skin or your "glass" will spring a leak. Remove as much of the inside of the potato as possible, but be sure not to go all the way to the bottom.

-Rinse out the potatoes so no extra starch leaks into your drink. (If you do this at all ahead of time, store the potatoes in a bowl of cold water so they don't turn brown. Then dry them off thoroughly before pouring your drink in.)

Here's what you should end up with:

-Pour the drink carefully into each potato, and then garnish by stabbing one end of a hairpin into the side of the potato. And there you have it: Potato Coladas!

As you sip an endless stream of these all night, I hope you take a moment to savor both the novelty of drinking out of a potato and the novelty of drinking chocolate milk that also gets you drunk. Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all!

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Out of hairpins. Can I use a barette instead?

Cassie Murdoch

Yes, especially if it has a shamrock glued to it!

Jolie Kerr

Cassie, do you think it would be okay if I hugged you?


Aah there is a Molly's Irish Creme?! Need to buy and drink immediately!


Genius! I've been making whiskey milkshakes lately, (Jameson, chocolate syrup, milk, vanilla ice cream. Blend.) and this would make excellent receptacles. I think today I will add green food coloring so it looks like im drinking them because its St. Patricks Day.

Cassie Murdoch

Oh. My. God. I almost wish you had not said that...because whiskey milkshakes will now be the only thing I ever eat. :(


I had one of these once, it was joyous.


yes! i've made this version a couple times - vanilla ice cream, bourbon, milk, and nutella, blended. crazy good. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/08/dining/08shakerex2.html


will this be the recipe that gets me to use a blender for the first time ever? maybe.


Maybe some Lucky Charms as a garnish?


And just like that, Cassie won my heart.

The Secret Sharer

i think i would go with rum instead of whiskey here if you wanted that little bit extra kick?. also maybe over ice, with a vanilla bean as garnish?


Or just add Jameson, Irish Cream + Irish Whiskey = Match made in heaven (the pub).


This is also how the Irish make jack-o-lanterns.


Hm. I had some friends over this afternoon, and I just fed them apple-kale smoothies and pistachios. I am obviously not Irish.


(nor celebrating.)

Allison Davis

There's a diner up the street from me that serves a Guinness float 365 days a year. Chocolate ice cream + Guinness. (And perhaps a wee bit 'o magic, lass.) Try it at home, it is DELICIOUS. And...nutritious?


brb, making that.


Wow, the potato lobby must have really gotten to you! Learn more about Big Potato's attempt to win our favor here: http://blogicallyspeaking.tumblr.com/post/3944211741/big-potato-eyes-potential-new-lobbyists-parents

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