Bourbon Milkshake with Hot Fudge

Love being a kid again? How about the best of both worlds? Then try this Bourbon Milkshake with Hot Fudge…it’s grownup and it’s divine!

Bourbon Milkshake with Hot Fudge in a Tall Glass
When I first published this recipe several years ago I remember asking myself if this Bourbon Milkshake with Hot Fudge belonged in Friday Cocktails and I could not come up with definitive criteria that negated it; after all it does include bourbon right?

That must make it qualify as a ‘cocktail’ so the answer was easy…why yes, yes it does!

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Every year I regale against those who are ready for Fall in the month of August. It is a summer month and I want to see summer food and drink…how about you? I’m not over ice cream and bbq chicken and more ice cream; especially a grownup milkshake like this.

I remember as kids that we used to have three whole months off for summer vacation but now schools are starting before the middle of August and that just seems wrong. I know it’s not changing my August…it’s summer doggone it and we’re having ice cream and hot fudge and bourbon!

We are in the middle of Colorado’s monsoon season and it’s been a welcome relief. My grass that was just installed in June is happier than it’s been all summer and my flowers and herbs are going nuts.

It’s rained every single day for 2 weeks I think. Not all day long but usually a storm rolls across the sky in late afternoon. Sometimes they’ve been quick and are a nice refresher; others have overstayed their welcome and kept at it for a few hours.

Colorado is arid and we never get enough moisture but still, I can’t help it. ENOUGH ALREADY…I want my little bit of summer back.

I want those warm summer days when this cocktail will hit all major senses and to appease the gods of weather, sorry to complain. Sure I’ll take the rain…it can often be too hard to come by in Colorado, but I will have a side of this Bourbon Milkshake!

Bourbon Milkshake with Hot Fudge Topped with Whipped Cream and Maraschino Cherry

I love bourbon and this was a fun way to imbibe one of my favorites. It’s like a kid treat but only for adults and it made for a magical moment in my book. The ingredient list for this treat is short, nothing fancy. It includes?

  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Milk
  • Bourbon
  • Vanilla Flavoring
  • Hot Fudge
  • Whipped Cream
  • Maraschino Cherries

It really is as simple as drizzling hot fudge along the inside of a glass, combining vanilla ice cream, milk, bourbon, and vanilla in a blender and then topping it all with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a maraschino cherry. Ah…decadent and delicious!

The weather might have been a bit wetter and cooler than I would have liked but my testers uttered nary a word of dismay…they gulped them down with a fervor that could only reiterate my own thoughts, more akin to ‘Yes, Yes, YES.’

I made my favorite recipe for the Hot Fudge Sauce but if that’s not your thing, don’t let that stop  you and use a store bought product you love. It’s that combination of ice cream, vanilla, fudge and BOURBON that makes this so special.

While I love a brand of maraschino cherries that are not died, something about a hot fudge ice cream treat calls for the bright red orbs, don’t you agree? They are the perfect topping for this summer, but I will eat it anytime, treat!

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Bourbon Milkshake with Hot Fudge in a Tall Glass
Just like an old soda fountain, this Bourbon and Hot Fudge Milkshake is served with Whipped Cream and a Maraschino Cherry

Bourbon Milkshake with Hot Fudge

This is the perfect marriage of a favorite childhood treat with an adult touch…adding some bourbon is SO good!
5 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Ice Cream
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 857 kcal


For the Whipped Cream

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Milkshake

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ¾ cup milk whole is best but I’ve used 2% too and no one ever said no
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

To Finish the Milkshake

  • 6 – 8 tablespoons Hot Fudge Sauce
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Cocoa Nibs or Sprinkles


To Make the Whipped Cream

  • Whip together heavy cream, powdered sugar, bourbon and vanilla until soft peaks form. Keep in refrigerator until ready to assemble.

For the Milkshake Mixture

  • Blend together the ice cream, milk, vanilla, and bourbon in a blender.

To Assemble

  • Pour a couple of Tbsp of the hot fudge sauce around the inside edge of glass; fill glass with the milkshake mixture and finish with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Sprinkle with cocoa nibs or colored jimmies; add a cherry on the top and serve with a straw.


Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Milkshake with Hot Fudge
Serving Size
1 Shake
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword bourbon, dessert, hot fudge, ice cream, milkshake
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  1. Good to see this resurface! There are quite a few ice cream drinks out there, so this certainly qualifies as a Friday Cocktail. Not much rain here, but decent temperatures and humidity for August in St. Louis, so life is good.:-)

    1. We go months without rain and then when it comes it’s incessant…we might call it monsoon season but it’s a dry climate type monsoon…doesn’t take much for us to think it’s a LOT of water.

      I just love this one…my old photos did not do it justice. I’m finding the need to replace those is creating most of my reboots! 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to try this! This may be a ridiculous question but for the Hot Fudge sauce, is the 1 tbsp of vanilla- vanilla extract? I have two different kinds of vanilla, one being a less intense form of vanilla then vanilla extract. THANK YOU! 🙂

  3. love this can’t wait to try it..i make homemade kaula going to try it thanks for sharing

    1. Hope you love it too; I also love vodka shakes…I’ll mix vanilla ice cream with a grape or orange soda and add some vodka. YUM!

  4. Heck ya this is totally okay to share on Friday….or any day for that matter! Bourbon in a milkshake sounds pretty fantastic!!! You know I love cooking/baking making cocktails with booze….so I would love to enjoy this lovely treat! Hugs, Terra

  5. I’ve never had bourbon in a milkshake, and now of course I’m going to have to try this! A local restaurant does root beer floats using moonshine – I haven’t tried one, but it’s a fun idea. Good post – thanks.

  6. This looks so good, gorgeous photos! We too are hindered with a long winter and slow to arrive Spring. We seemed to turn a corner last week with some lovely Spring days then the temperature dropped by 10 degrees!

  7. Whoa! That’s my kind of milkshake! This looks amazing and I’m happy that it’s “just” warm enough for you to finally make it. I can’t imagine living in a place that was still getting snow. I don’t mind winter but about 2 months in I’m already yearning for the mild warmth of spring. I wouldn’t survive in Colorado 😉 Here in New Jersey it is warm already so now I’ll definitely be making this!

    1. If you were ever in Colorado in the summer you would know why we tolerate the late snows. The most amazing summer weather…typically never above 90 and even better? No humidity. No sweating while standing outside, flies buzzing and mosquitoes humidity. We eat almost every meal outdoors as a result…it’s for that weather that I’ll take a bit more snow! Try it, you would like it! 🙂

  8. Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).

  9. Spring here is not the best either I’m afraid and we’re hoping that a more pleasant Summer makes up for it.

    The wet, dull and rainy days (and nights) would be a lot easier to take sipping on a few of these *adult* shakes. Very lovely Barb.

  10. Milkshakes are among my favorite treats and I’ve never seen one as dressed up as this one. Usually I just sneak a few sips of the kids’ shakes but now I can make one that is truly my own. Thanks, Bourbon Queen!!

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