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!
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!
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!
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
- 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!
PIN IT! ‘Bourbon Milkshake with Hot Fudge’
Bourbon Milkshake with Hot Fudge
For the Whipped Cream
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 tsp bourbon
- 1 tsp 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 tsp vanilla
To Finish the Milkshake
- 6 - 8 Tbsp 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.