It was a steamy hot summer night in my lil ole apartment in Baltimore. My roommate had foolishly decided to crank the oven up to 400 to bake a sweet potato for dinner, which only added to the sweltering effect. I needed to cool off and chill out fast! I took stock of what I had in the freezer and pantry and decided a spiked milk shake would take care of this situation right quick!
I have recently become quite fond of bourbon, so I decided I would use bourbon and some crème de coco (because what gal doesn’t like chocolate?!) as my spirits in this shake.
I wanted to add some texture to the shake as well, so I decided to pulse some pretzels and dark chocolate in the blender to add to the shake at the end. I also decided that some banana could add a nice depth of flavor, and I just happened to have one already frozen. Once I had pulsed the pretzels and dark chocolate in the blender until fine, I set these aside to add later.
Lastly and most importantly, a high quality ice cream is a must! I grew up on Bryers ice cream. I remember as a child growing up in a large family, my mom would send all of us kiddos down separate check- out lanes at the grocery store when it was on sale (BOGO), and we would end up with at least 8 half gallons of Bryers ice cream! Gone are the days when they actually used to sell ice cream in half gallon sizes (currently most are sold at 1.5 quarts!), but the flavor and quality remain the same.
I creamed the ice cream, bananas, and spirits in the blender on medium speed, adding milk as needed to thin it out. Once this was blended smoothly, I incorporated the reserved pretzel chocolate pieces. I would recommend a wide straw, or using a spoon, as these will clog a normal sized drinking straw. I poured the shakes into some old fashioned ice cream parlor glasses and garnished with a pretzel.
Not only did it serve cool my roommate and I off on the sweltering summer eve, but it also relaxed us very much thanks to the bourbon! I highly recommend experimenting with other flavors of ice cream, and using other spirits. Get creative, and be prepared to want seconds of these milkshakes for big kids!