Recipes for Adult Milkshakes

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Milkshakes and Floats with Alcohol

June is National Dairy Month, so we’re whipping up some amazing milkshakes and floats – with a kick.  These drinks are not for the kids – they’re adults-only thanks to the addition of some booze to your blender.

When you’re going to make a milkshake with alcohol in it – there are a few things to consider. Brown spirits like rum, bourbon and Kahlua are often better suited for blending with ice cream and milk than vodka or light spirits.  Also, know that you don’t need a lot of alcohol per pitcher of shakes. You’re not making margaritas after all! If you just want the alcohol to enhance the flavors you’ll likely just need a few tablespoons of booze. If you want to have a shake to be more focused on the alcohol – use up to a 1/4 cup (you’ll want to cut back a bit on the milk to keep it from getting too thin).

Guinness Float and Shake

Love root beer floats? Try a Guinness Float! Just combine vanilla or chocolate ice cream with Guinness stout and enjoy. One tip: pour the beer into the glass first and then add small scoops of ice cream. You can also whip up a Guinness shake in your blender. You’ll want to add equal parts Guinness and ice cream. Blend until thick and enjoy.

Adult Milkshake – Monkey Business

The former Town Talk Diner restaurant in Minneapolis was known for its adult milkshakes – especially the Monkey Business. This adult milkshake pairs chocolate ice cream with banana, peanut butter and bourbon for a delicious treat.


  • 4 cups chocolate ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 banana
  • 4 TBSP peanut butter
  • 3 oz bourbon

Pour all the ingredients in the blender and pulse till smooth.

Kahlua Milkshake

If you love chocolate milk and caramel – or always order a mocha in the morning – Bobby Flay’s Mocha Caramel Kahlua Milkshake is a must to try. It combines chocolate, espresso powder, caramel sauce, vanilla ice  cream and Kahlua for an incredible thick drink! Bobby gets bonus points for garnishing this shake with whipped cream, caramel sauce and chocolate covered espresso beans.

Fruity Adult Milkshake

If you love fresh, fruit flavors, you’ll love this Peach Shake with Brandy and Nutmeg from “Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes” by Adam Ried. (If you watch America’s Test Kitchen you’ll know him as the equipment guy!)


  • 1/4 cup cold whole or low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup cognac or brandy
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons peach jam or preserves
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus extra for garnish, if desired
  • 4 medium scoops (about 1 pint) peach ice cream, softened until just melty at the edges
  • 4 medium scoops (about 1 pint) peach sorbet, softened until just melty at the edges

Place the milk, cognac, jam, vanilla extract and nutmeg in a blender and blend to mix thoroughly, about 15 seconds. Add the ice cream and sorbet and pulse several times to begin breaking them up.

With the blender motor off, use a flexible spatula to mash the mixture down onto the blender blades. Continue pulsing, stopping and mashing until the mixture is well-blended, thick and moves easily in the blender jar, roughly 30 to 90 seconds. Pour into a chilled glass or glasses, and serve at once. If desired, garnish with a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.

What’s your favorite blended drink?

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