We didn’t really mean this banana milk shake as a Valentine’s Day treat. The idea was born because we had read that one should enter the Year of White Tiger with something made of milk on the table. So we thought of this sweet, lip-smacking banana milk shake with egg liqueur flavour, decorated with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. This looked pretty much like a Valentine’s Day cocktail too!
But, that’s not all. I mean, not all special occasions for today. This year, the great holiday of Russian Maslenitsa falls on February 14th as well!! Maslenitsa symbolizes the end of winter (*cough*… it’s still snowing here) or at least it gives you some hope that winter is coming to its end! – and it opens the long Lent which precedes the Orthodox Easter. On Maslenitsa, you eat loads of pancakes (blinis)! My Mum made a huge stack of Tsar blinis, which I’ve taken photos of and which I’ll be talking about in my next post. So, we had those exclusive Tsar blinis with red caviar and a selection of home-made jams, and crowned the dinner with a milk shake that should help us gain the White Tiger’s favour.
Let’s see what the Tiger brings us!
3 ripe bananas
1/2 l milk, chilled
80 g egg liqueur sauce
100 ml cream, chilled
3 tsp sugar + more sugar to taste
Peel the bananas and crash them with a fork. Add milk, egg liqueur sauce and blend the cocktail using a blender. Check is you need to add any sugar: your liqueur sauce might be very sweet so you wouldn’t need to sweeten the mix. Ours was sweet, but we still added a couple of teaspoons sugar. Leave the milk shake to chill.
Beat the cream with 3 tablespoons sugar until firm.
Serve the milk shake in tall glasses, topped with whipped cream and decorated with chocolate shavings.