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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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bailey’s MilkshakeAdapted 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 MilkshakeAdapted 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 MilkshakeAdapted 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 MilkshakeAdapted from Food.com
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 MilkshakeAdapted from Food.com
1/2 ounce tequila
1/2 ounce vodka
3/4 ounce Kahlua
1 1/2 ounces heavy cream
In a blender, combine all of the ingredients until smooth. Serve in wine glasses.