The Shakedown

Where to find the best ice cream cocktails


You denied yourself ice cream all summer long. There were burgers, sure, and certainly booze, but you staved off the milkshake craving all the way to August, and now it's time to give in. The good news is that you can make up for your missed opportunities by taking your indulgence to the next level -- all it takes is a quick infusion of vodka. Or Bailey's. Or creme de menthe.
Turning a milkshake into a cocktail doesn't take much; classic recipes ranging from the Grasshopper (which was reminiscent of mint chocolate chip ice cream, anyway) to the White Russian are perfect ways to age up a gallon of creamy vanilla. Want someone else to work the blender? Check out our list of the best spots in the nation to get a spiked shake.
Dumont Burger
Brooklyn, NY

Among house cocktails like the "Release the Kraken" (Kraken rum, Lime, Ginger beer), you'll find three "boozy shakes," including an espresso-powder-laced white russian.

Ted's Bulletin
Washington, DC

This cozy New American joint goes so far as to have a shaketender who will pull an ice cream-based grasshopper, tequila sunrise, or a Bailey's caramel macchiato for you.

BLT Burger
New York & Las Vegas

Signature shakes include Grandma's Treat (vanilla ice cream + Maker's Mark and caramel), and the Night Rider, a blend of Kahlua, chocolate liqueur, Oreo cookies and chocolate ice cream.

Los Angeles, CA

To snag a milkshake at BLD, you'll have to mark your calendar; Mariah's Milkshake Madness happens on the last Sunday of every month at 5 P.M. Why should you bother? Two words: Milkshake. Flights. Milkshake Madness nights hold the promise of such concoctions as Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (with Jack Daniels or Makers Mark), Chocolate Sorbet Coffee (with Kahlua), and Dulce de Leche (with Sauza or Don Julio Tequila).

Bar Burgers @ Bourbon Steak
Miami, FL

Head to Bourbon Steak but stay in the lounge, where you'll find a burger menu, and an option for the Bourbon Malted, a mixture of Jim Beam and salty caramel.

Twisted Root Burger Co.
Dallas, TX

Start with an ostrich burger. Finish with the Amaretto-Oreo shake, or a thick, sticky mix of bananas and Bailey's.

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  • Snooth User: bkjbkj
    303320 1

    At Barclay Prime in Philadelphia, they are doing a "Farmer's Float"; Bell's Cherry Stout over their housemade maraschino ice cream. Delicious, but seasonal!

    Aug 03, 2010 at 10:41 AM

  • Snooth User: segommel
    284262 1

    Do you have a recipe for the infamous Hummer originated by Bay View Yacht Club, Detroit, MI?

    Aug 03, 2010 at 1:13 PM

  • Snooth User: caryn1
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    236349 12

    How about a smoothie with DUET after-dinner sherry? Sonoma Valley Portworks has blended this hazelnut-infused sherry into vanilla ice cream and half-and-half for a wonderful summer treat.

    Aug 03, 2010 at 2:00 PM

  • Snooth User: Carly Wray
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    196958 864

    The Hummer ... yum. Here's a recent recipe from Good Food Michigan:

    Aug 03, 2010 at 2:42 PM

  • Snooth User: 2Bleu
    544040 5

    My FAVORITE Chocolate Martini - Ultra premium Chocolate Gelato shaken with Vodka and ice. Strain and enjoy!

    Aug 04, 2010 at 1:54 AM

  • I hate to criticize, but when you're hiding 2 tbsp of Cremes de Anything in 2.5 cups of cream ... is it really a cocktail? Why not exploit the gorgeous sympathy of bourbon and vanilla, as Bourbon Steak seems to be doing? Test the structure of that frozen fat! This recipe seems a better fit for the forthcoming "Betty Crocker: the Naughtier Side."

    Aug 04, 2010 at 3:44 AM

  • This kind of drinks are kinda blasphemy... hey forget about drinking responsible - just put some booze in a milkshake.

    Besides of this, usually drinks are far more superior, if you omit egg based ice cream and substitute this with cream, milk and the respective aroma carrier [molten chocolate, fresh fruits, etc].

    Aug 04, 2010 at 6:29 PM

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