I told you when I made the Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes earlier this week that I had something fun and spiked up my sleeve for the end of the week. No better day than Friday (happy hour at home, anyone?) to share this milkshake with you. Most milkshakes are reserved for summertime consumption (except, of course, the Shamrock Shake, which makes an appearance prior to St. Patrick’s Day), but when you include ingredients that are guaranteed to warm you up, I say winter is the perfect time for indulging. A week or so ago my Chief Culinary Consultant found a book that lost its home during his recent move and asked if I wanted to check it out for potential recipes. The book was full of hard milkshakes, mixed drinks, and all sorts of fun concoctions. There was a set of White Russian milkshakes, with four variations for each season. Seeing how this is winter, after all, I thought it would be more than appropriate to whip up the winter version. It’s delicious, and it will certainly keep you warm, whew!
I’ve never been one to make milkshakes often at home. My fondest memories of homemade milkshakes are from being in high school and spending many days (and nights) at my best friend Beth’s house. Her mom used to make us the best milkshakes. To this day I still don’t know how she made them or what she used, but they were always amazing and hit the spot.
There is a relatively new (last year) burger place in Pittsburgh called Burgatory that has some of the best burgers I have ever eaten. Also on their menu are some of the most creative milkshakes I’ve ever heard of – check them out here. They have a menu of “hard shakes” (alcoholic) and a menu of “classic shakes” (no alcohol). I still haven’t gotten my hands on one because I’m always so darn full from the awesome burger I stuff myself with. I need to work on a strategic plan for the next time I’m headed there so I can enjoy both. The menu is so creative and inspiring; after seeing those, browsing through the fun party drink recipe book, and remembering how much I loved Beth’s mom’s milkshakes, I definitely see much more homemade milkshake-making in my future!