By Chanize Thorpe, CNTraveler.com
We might have found perfection in a glass: These restaurants each take classic milkshakes and load them with liquor.
CEREAL MILK WHITE RUSSIAN AT MOMOFUKU MILK BAR
Brooklyn, New York
At Momofuku Milk Bar in Williamsburg (the only bakery of the minichain’s five that serves spiked shakes), Christina Tosi’s hallmark soft-serve flavor, cereal milk, provides the base for the Cereal Milk White Russian ($9)—a blend of organic whole milk soft serve, vodka, and Kahlua.
Courtesy Momofuku Milk Bar
DIRTY GIRL SCOUT AT TED’S BULLETIN
Shaketenders at the two-year-old Ted’s Bulletin—a retro-themed diner buzzy enough to draw President Obama—whip up specialties such as the Dirty Girl Scout ($8.99), a sort of liquid Thin Mint made with chocolate ice cream, peppermint schnapps, and crushed Oreos. “We wanted to go boozy with our shakes, but they’re not meant to catch a buzz—you don’t put back four of them,” says Executive Chef Eric Brannon. (Another Ted’s is scheduled to open this winter in D.C. on 14th and Swann.)
Courtesy Ted’s Bulletin
BOURBON BALL MILKSHAKE AT LYNN’S PARADISE CAFÉ
Lynn’s Paradise Café gives a nod to Kentucky’s homegrown hooch with its Bourbon Ball Milkshake ($10.25), a mix of 90-proof Woodford Reserve, vanilla ice cream, semisweet chocolate chips, and walnuts.
Courtesy Lynn’s Paradise Café
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THE ALMOND JOY AT HOLSTEINS
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Almond Joy bamboozled shake ($11) at Holsteins in the Cosmopolitan contains amaretto, Malibu rum, chocolate syrup, toasted coconut, and candied almonds. “We wanted grown-ups to feel like kids again, so we infused nostalgic childhood memories in our shakes,” says chef Anthony Meidenbauer. “The Almond Joy has been one of my favorite candy bars since I was a child.”
THE ALL NIGHTER AT BLT BURGER
Las Vegas, Nevada
At Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Burger in Las Vegas, the All Nighter ($12) blends coffee ice cream, a shot of espresso, Kahlua, and Baileys, then is topped with whipped cream and malt balls.
Courtesy BLT Burger
THE APPLE PANCAKES & BACON AT BURGATORY
The super-thick hard shakes at the one-and-a-half-year-old Burgatory burger joint in Pittsburgh are handspun using ice cream made with fresh cream from the local Titusville Dairy. The Apple Pancakes & Bacon Shake ($8) blends apple and caramel vodkas, crumbled caramel apple pancakes, applewood-smoked bacon and a bit of sour cream—and is garnished with a bacon strip and drizzle of maple syrup.
ASPEN CRUD AT HOTEL JEROME
Converted from saloon to soda fountain during Prohibition, J-Bar in the Hotel Jerome developed the Aspen Crud ($12), a strong blend of French vanilla ice cream and three shots of bourbon. Back then, it was served in a no-tell tin mug, but even today it seems like an innocent drink.
Matt Power // Courtesy Hotel Jerome
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