The milkshake is probably one of my favorite ways to enjoy ice cream. I’m not much into the hot fudge sundaes, topped sky-high with chocolate, nuts, and cherries — it’s never been my thing. A milkshake, for me, is a much more refreshing way to enjoy ice cream, allowing you to avoid the spoon and sticky fingers. And since everything tastes better spiked, I have done my fair share of experimenting with mixing booze into my milkshakes. Turns out, it’s pretty damn good.
I can understand why people would be turned off by the idea of mixing alcohol with dairy. I see it in two ways: a good and a bad. White Russian? Good. Irish Car Bomb, when the milky shot starts to curdle in the Guinness? Bad.
The trick to a good boozy milkshake is incorporating all the ingredients really well and bringing together the right flavor profiles. If you want to make a floral milkshake with a more neutral ice cream like vanilla, a liqueur like Koval Rose Hip or a vodka like Dragon Bleu Rose Blossom is perfect. Looking for something with more spice? A chocolate shake with a few shots of Fireball Whisky or Spicebox Canadian Spiced Whisky will provide notes of hot cinnamon that are just right.
— Sara Kay, The Spir.it