Boozed Up Milkshakes

This childhood favorite is a whole lot more fun with a boozy kick


Some of my favorite childhood memories are food and drink related, which I suppose explains a lot about how I ended up in this industry. Summers spent by the beach eating freshly-caught Maryland Blue Crabs and sipping on sweet tea, weekends visiting family in Boston and eating my favorite lobster rolls and fried clams, the list continues. One of my favorite childhood beverages, however, was and still is the milkshake. The milkshake is like a godsend in the form of ice cream, milk and whatever the heck else you want to throw in there. Craving ice cream in a cone but not too keen on having that ice cream drip all over your hands while you devour it? No worries, just combine ice cream and crushed up waffle cone in a blender with ice and milk, and voila; a dream come true without the mess.

While a standard milkshake of chocolate or vanilla (or any flavor, really) ice cream, milk, ice and a touch of vanilla extract are just splendid, I am always a fan of adding booze to virtually anything. It’s no surprise that the milkshake is a perfect canvas for doing just that. Having a barbecue and want to treat your guests to childhood-turned-adult desserts? A spiked milkshake is perfect for this. It takes half the time to prepare compared to a cake or pie, but is still just as satisfying as a traditional dessert. A rum raisin ice cream shake with the addition of a sweet and syrupy dark rum? Today’s the day!

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Read on for some fantastic hard milkshake recipes, sure to inspire you to kick up your favorite sweet childhood beverage. Have any hard milkshake recipes to share? Let us know about them in the comments section. Cheers!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bailey’s Milkshake

Adapted from How Sweet It Is

2 1/2 cups coffee ice cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup irish cream liqueur
2 large chocolate chip cookies + 1 more to crumble on top
6 ice cubes

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients until almost smooth. Serve in tall glasses and crumble more cookies on the top before serving.

Spiked Savannah Smiles Milkshake

Adapted from Serious Eats

3 cups vanilla ice cream (18 ounces / about 6 scoops)
1/2 cup whole milk
2 oz lemon vodka
3 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Garnish: whipped cream, additional lemon zest, maraschino cherry if desired

In a blender, combine the ice cream, milk, vodka, lemon zest and lemon juice until smooth. Serve in glasses, and garnish with whipped cream, lemon zest and a maraschino cherry.

Salted Caramel Milkshake

Adapted from Food Network

1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup prepared dulce de leche or caramel sauce
1 shot tequila (preferably anejo or reposado)
Whipped cream, sea salt and/or candied orange peel, for garnish

In a blender, combine the ice cream, dulce de leche, tequila and a few ice cubes until thick and smooth. Serve in small glasses. Garnish with whipped cream, sea salt and candied orange peel, if desired.

Toasted Almond Milkshake

Adapted from

1 1/2 oz Amaretto
1 1/2 oz Kahlua
1 oz vodka
2 oz cream
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
toasted almonds, thinly sliced

In a blender, combine the Amaretto, Kahlua, vodka, cream and ice cream with ice until creamy. Pour into glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sliced toasted almonds.

Mexican Milkshake

Adapted from

1/2 ounce tequila
1/2 ounce vodka
3/4 ounce Kahlua
1 1/2 ounces heavy cream
crushed ice

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients until smooth. Serve in wine glasses.

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