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The HGE Drink Diaries: Velvet Smooch Shake

I’m a junk food eater. And I never thought I’d catch myself saying that but I have a weakness for food that’s so good it’s bad. If it’s chocolately, sugary, sweet or some form of pasta or carbs, then you can bet I’ll enjoy devouring it. So while I’m over here finding the motivation to chomp out on a head of broccoli you can head to your kitchen to whip up this delicious milkshake that would clearly suffice as the perfect breakfast substitute (well maybe not for breakfast but then again this girl had two snack size Snickers this morning so with me anything really goes). Introducing the second drink in the HGE drink diaries:

Velvet Smooch Shake

• one pint Haagen Dazs chocolate ice cream
• four shots of coffee flavoured Baileys
• 1/4 to 1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream
• 2 to 4 white chocolate baking squares
• loose sweetened coconut flakes
• a couple big handfuls of ice

The drink wouldn’t be practical as a signature drink but instead something to enjoy with girlfriends or as an after dinner kind of dessert. It’s very rich, smooth and sweet but who ever said these things were bad? With that being said, to make two good sized shakes you’ll need a pint of Haagen Dazs chocolate ice cream (go big or go home), some Baileys (the more the merrier), some white chocolate for your glass rims, some loose sweetened coconut flakes and last but not least some whipping cream. I told you this drink was low in calories right? :) Oh, don’t forget the ice cubes too. Those are always quite necessary in shakes.

To start, melt your white chocolate baking squares in a heat-proof bowl over the stove top (in a shallow frying pan filled with water) constantly stirring the chocolate so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. White chocolate is super sensitive so watch yourselves, my brothers and sisters. This melting technique is the same one I used to make these little cuties over here too.

Pour the melted chocolate into a bowl wide enough to comfortably fit the rim of your milkshake glass, dip and twist your glass rim in the chocolate and then roll a few times in a bowl of loose coconut flakes to cover as much as the chocolate as possible. Let your glasses sit upright as the chocolate hardens with the coconut stuck to it. Try to refrain from licking the chocolate off.

You can scoop, or just dump the entire pint of ice cream into your blender.

Followed by a little bit of the good stuff. Also known as coffee flavoured Baileys. Or any flavor will really do. I put about 4 shots of Baileys into the blender so that’s two shots per milkshake which was enough to taste but not too much that you felt like running to the washroom to throw out your drink if someone were to give it to you because it was too strong. When you’ve added in your Baileys be sure to eat all of the leftover melted chocolate sitting in the bowl feeling all lonely and stuff.

Then you’ll toss in a few handfuls of ice, before you blend everything up really good. Once most of the ice chunks sound like they are blended in well, you will add in your whipping cream. Puppy mouth spout cream holder is optional but way cute. I poured about 1/4 to a half of a pint of cream into the blender. I’m not sure if this really did much for the shake in the end but I sure felt ten times better and that much more satisfied just knowing it was in there so don’t hold back on the cream, my friends.

Once it’s all mixed up you can pour in your rimmed glasses only to finish with a pretty straw and coconut garnish.

Et voila!

Men love this stuff too. See? Happy husband.

See more drink recipes here. And go say hello to Kelly Braman for the lovely photos :) She’s the best xoxo

The HGE Drink Diaries: Marry Me Mimosa

Happy Monday, blogettes! I’m so totally excited to be putting together this new monthly feature with the sweet Kelly Braman. I spend a lot of time brainstorming fun and clever signature drink concoctions and names for my clients so I figured why not bring a little of that creativity to the blog. Whether or not you’re searching for the perfect wedding sip or a fun drink recipe to enjoy at your next dinner party I hope this new series will knock your socks off. Not literally though. You don’t want to drink that much :) So without further ado, I introduce to you drink recipe numero one, in celebration of summer’s end, the yummy…

Marry Me Mimosa

one scoop of mango sorbet
• three to four raspberries
• half parts pineapple juice
• half parts white champagne

To start you’ll drop one huge scoop of sorbet into a champagne flute. If your sorbet is rock hard like mine was, let it sit out for 10 to 15 minutes to let it thaw a bit before scooping. You’ll also probably get some extra on the rim of the glass when you’re scooping it in but that’s good because it’s a bonus for later. While you’re at it, drop in three to four fresh raspberries. Like so.

Fill the flute with equal parts pineapple juice and sparkling wine/champagne. Something a little dry could be nice here too because the sorbet and pineapple juice is pretty sweet. You could also throw in a little coconut milk to really enhance the tropical taste but as is it’s pretty tasty. If you plan on serving this it would need to be made to order versus a drink that can be made in batches ahead of time (the sorbet would obviously melt and the sparkling wine would be flat which is sort of lame).

Clean off the excess sorbet from rim of the glass. With yo finga of course. And a look of total determination.

And this photo is here strictly because Kelly said I looked cute. This is for you, Kel!

Not to insult anyone’s intelligence but next you’ll pop in a straw for sipping pleasure and just like that you’re all finished. All in all, this drink was super yummy, and really stayed cold thanks to the sorbet. I could see it being perfect at a summer bridal shower or a spa day retreat with your best girlfriends. It was sort of like an ice cream float mixed with a mimosa mixed with a tropical beverage and come on now, I totally just combined three awesome things into one so what could be better?

So who’s with me! Are we excited about more drink recipes? Oh and for those sweet readers of mine who I know will ask my earrings and my dress are both from Francescas. My flutes are from IKEA, my bowls from Anthropologie and my countertops are from a local business here that specializes in laminate that doesn’t look like laminate (no way can this girl can’t afford marble). I’ll share more on the colour of our walls in an upcoming post. The big painting on our kitchen wall is from Home Sense in Canada and yes I do colour my hair :) I have a fab hairdresser. Any other questions feel free to ask! xoxo