There is a burger bar in the neighborhood Mr. Candy and I enjoy going to, a place where we can feel like adults — A cocktail menu! No Happy Meals! — but that still accommodates kids with space for strollers and a kick-ass toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich. With italics to emphasize the voracity with which I sneak bites of my daughter’s PB&Js from there.
Hey. I gave the child LIFE. I’d say that deserves a stolen morsel of sandwich. Or two. Or five.
The restaurant also offers a specialty Pinot Noir shake. Now, I know what you’re thinking because I had the very same reaction: Say wha –?! Wine? With ice cream? That’s madness! A little gross, even. I MUST TRY IT! Which is what I would say every time we went there, my mouth full of peanut butter and jelly, only to leave, shake-less, because I prefer to get my drink on after the kids go to bed. Also: a good time to dig into Skye’s goldfish crackers. So, being the experienced food-and-drink thief that I am, I decided to steal their recipe for the Pinot Shake to try at home — then share it with you.
Yes! I am a modern-day Robin Hood! Stealing from rich cocktail menus to give to buzz-poor moms.
THE PINOT NOIR SHAKE
About 1 cup vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt (we used the latter because we are health-conscious alcoholics)
1/4- to 1/2-cup Pinot Noir (we used the latter because… well, you know why)
1 packet of sugar/Splenda/what-have-you (optional)
Make sure your seven-month-old is SOUND asleep before opening wine bottle; otherwise, the *POP* will be immediately followed by the sound of “WAAAAHHHH!” (True story.) Soothe baby, if necessary, with appropriate lullabies such as “Let’s Get This Party Started.” Mix ice cream and wine — with sugar for added sweetness, if that floats your boat — in blender on “milkshake” mode. Pour wine-shake into glass, top off with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and, of course, a cherry.
Mr. Candy and I sat down to watch a DVR’d episode of Modern Family last Friday — don’t be jealous of our glamorous nightlife — and finished our shakes before the opening music even began. “Yeah, I’ll make more,” I offered, pausing on Sofia Vergara with her mouth open, much to Mr. Candy’s delight.
Wine and ice cream: I never would have thought of putting them together, but they make for a surprisingly delicious combination. Much like Sofia Vergara and Ed O’Neill.
Wine shakes and my two-year-old’s goldfish crackers, on the other hand… not so much.