Brooklyn Bourbon Shake

with homemade whipped cream

A few weekends ago, our friend Matt asked us if we wanted to shoot a video with his friend Dan who owns a candy store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called Handsome Dan’s Snocone and Candy Stand. Yeah, like you have to twist my arm to get me into a spot that sells old timey candy like Abba Zabba, malted milk balls, chocolate covered blueberries, and hand crafted snocones made with flavors like rose and passion fruit, all topped with sweet, creamy condensed milk. I was immediately game, and Kramer figured that he might get a free piece of candy or two as well, so he was happy to come along. I’ve been trying to work with other local Brooklyn business owners, anyway, so this seemed like yet another perfect opportunity to do so after making a video with Diana of Appetite for China and demoing at the Housing Works Book Store for DISH. If you’re ever in Brooklyn, do yourself a favor and stop by Handsome Dan’s – it’s in the best, most walkable part of Williamsburg and Dan himself will probably be there to serve you a snocone or ring up your mason jar full of awesome candy.

After I filled up my own personal mason jar I wanted to make something fun with what Dan’s store had to offer. I figured that it’s hot as hell outside, the humidity is killing all of us, why not cool off with a big, delicious milkshake? With booze, of course – I am an grown adult, I am allowed to put bourbon in my milkshakes, and I will exercise that right as often as possible. Dan suggested that we make a shake with a Big Cherry candy, which I was totally on board with, as candied cherries are one of my favorite treats (I take after my grandfather in that respect). I coated the inside of a glass with chocolate syrup, then blended together vanilla ice cream, milk, a good splash of bourbon, and an entire chocolate covered cherry candy until relatively smooth, poured it in, then topped it all off with homemade bourbon whipped cream and a candied Luxardo cherry, because we fancy. I had a few people over to taste test and I believe that the entire room agreed that these shakes were A+. I don’t think that I had ever made a milkshake before, so I was pretty pleased…although how hard is it to screw up chocolate, ice cream, and candy, right? You can omit the bourbon if you like, or get crazy and add something else, like maraschino liqueur or vodka, both of which would pair swimmingly with this shake. As I’ve stated before, we like our cocktails in Brooklyn, so I felt it was appropriate to title this milkshake as such. Go out, grab a snocone or a milkshake, stay cool, and enjoy your summer!

Brooklyn Bourbon ShakeBrooklyn Bourbon Shake

The best kind of summer treat.
Brooklyn Bourbon Shake
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Serves: 3-4 shakes
Ice cold chocolate, bourbon, and cherry milkshakes topped with vanilla bean and bourbon whipped cream.
For the Milkshakes:
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 1 Big Cherry candy
  • chocolate syrup
  • whipped cream (recipe below)
  • candied or maraschino cherries, for garnish
For the Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 vanilla bean
  1. First, make your whipped cream - it can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 3 days. In your mixer, whisk together the heavy cream, powdered sugar, bourbon, bitters, and vanilla bean. Continue to whisk until the cream has stiffened and form soft peaks, about 5-8 minutes. Taste and adjust flavors to your preference. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. When you are ready to serve your milkshakes, drizzle chocolate syrup around the inside of your glasses (see video for step-by-step). In your blender, combine your vanilla ice cream, milk, bourbon, and candy. Blend until smooth, then divide among your glasses. Top with your whipped cream and a candied or maraschino cherry, and serve immediately.


17 Responses

  1. Tieghan says:

    This looks incredible!! I am freaking ove this. Wow!

  2. Mmmmm…love that cherry and bourbon combo with ice cream. Beautiful!

  3. Your video is so cute and totally pretty. And these shakes? Heaven!

  4. This looks perfect! A great summer treat….Yum!

  5. mmm.. chocolate cherry floats only for adults. Genius really.

  6. Peter says:

    That looks amazing.

  7. Random…but I love your blender!

  8. Yes! Why *not* cool off with a delicious milkshake? Man, for never having made one before, you did pretty darn well! Also, I’m drooling. Your pics are especially eye catching today!

  9. I love old school candy stores! But I always buy too much. This looks like the fanciest, yummyest milkshake I’ve ever seen in my life and I sooooo want one.

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  11. This looks divine! The Hubs will totally love this too!

  12. I need a glass of this stat! Friday cannot come soon enough. Plus, I just really need a dessert right now.

  13. I need one of these right now! How perfect for summer :)

  14. Lynna says:

    I love going inside candy shops. My cavities show how much candy I consume…Haha. This looks like a wonderful milkshake.

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  16. Jackie (@jacquelynla) says:

    This sounds amazing and I must try it! I also wanted to tell you I have been reading your blog for years (every one of your recipes I have tried has turned out amazing!) and I love that you started to do videos. You are beautiful and it is so nice to see you in action :)

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