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 voilà; 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!
Read on for some fantastic hard milkshake recipes, sure to inspire you to kick up your favorite sweet childhood beverage.
— Sara Kay, The Spir.it