Hard Shakes: Milkshakes with a Twist

Milkshakes are no longer just for children; now they can come with vodka!

Last year we saw the boom of Hard Shakes (milkshakes with alcohol) and this year, pubs and clubs plan to keep the trend going. It’s summer time and everyone’s looking for a refreshing drink. Lemonade is great, so is Pimms. A glass of beer or cider will do on a hot day. But why have those boring, outdated drinks when you can have a cool, milkshake with the added bonus of vodka, rum and pretty much any other alcohol you can think of. Make them at home or serve them up in your pub, club or restaurant; these milky drinks go down a treat.

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The Hard Shake’s origin started in America, before the Prohibition in the 1920’s. Booze had been a common element in milkshakes then and it was only afterwards that it became a non-alcoholic treat for children. It was revived recently by whiskey bars and diners in the US, then slowly crept across the pond to bars in London. The most famous of these milkshakes being the Nutty Caramel, a drink compromised of the ingredients Uma Thurman’s character in Pulp Fiction ordered. This drink is made up of Bourbon, Disaronno, vanilla ice cream, popcorn and salted caramel. Yum!

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These drinks are easily prepared and so are perfect for homemade cocktails or to be served in drinking establishments. They’re as simple to make as most cocktails and because of their uniqueness and fun quality, always go down well in bars and restaurants. “Milk Punches” are not expensive drinks either, with only a couple of ingredients most of the time, so if you’re unsure about serving these up in your pub or club, remember that “the average cocktail trade is about 78% but for a milk punch you can be making 82% to 84%” so says Amanda Humphrey, Mixxit Manager at Maxxium UK “They’re a cash cow really.”

Coffee Vodka Milkshake

Hard Shakes are a way to have fun with the drinks you serve and brighten up your menu. Plus, you don’t just have to sell any old Milk Punch, you could create your own. Alcoholic milkshakes are all about creativeness, so don’t just plop it into any old glass. Use a milk bottle or mason jar to add to the experience; you could add a stripey straw or a long spoon to scoop up the ice cream. Adding Hard Shakes to your menu will make you stand out against your competitors and even if you only do it as a summer exclusive, it will keep punters coming back because of your fun, laid-back style.

Spiked Snickerdoodle Milkshake

If you’re worried about the extra work that goes into making and serving Milk Punches, stop. As I said above, they are incredibly easy to make and if you decide to make up your own, once your bartenders have been taught, you will be selling Hard Shakes like nobody’s business. Things to remember are to always have the ingredients on hand at the bar so service isn’t slowed – some even suggest pre-preparing and refrigerating these drinks will cut the time of prep and any hassle at busy times. Bare in mind, you’ll have to keep a small freezer nearby if you decide to go on this milky adventure, and you will need a blender that can handle that task (some recipes require ice cream) but aside from those two things, you have the rest of the equipment. Go on, make these Milk Punches a new addition to your menus.

Struggling for some inspiration for your new Hard Shakes? Well here are few recipes to help you.

 

Salted Caramel and Bourbon Milkshake

Salted Caramel and Bourbon Milkshake

For those of you who like whiskey, popcorn AND milkshakes, look no further

Ingredients:

For the caramel sauce –

  • 250ml pouring cream
  • 60g butter
  • 250ml brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of bourbon

For the milkshake –

  • 250ml milk
  • 1/3 cup cooled caramel sauce (or you can buy this) plus extra to serve
  • 3 big scoops vanilla ice-cream, plus extra to serve

Instructions:

  • Start by making the caramel sauce – put cream, butter and sugar into a saucepan over a low heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved
  • Add salt and the Bourbon. Stir to combine
  • Increase heat and bring to boil
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes (until thickened)
  • Set aside and allow to cool
  • Once cool, place the sauce and milk into a blender and pulse until combined and frothy
  • Add the ice cream and pulse again until mixed
  • Serve by pouring into a Tumbler glass and top off with another scoop of ice cream and drizzle the caramel sauce over the top

 

Coconut Rum Milkshake

Coconut Rum Milkshake

Even Captain Morgan himself enjoys a milkshake from time to time

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint coconut sobert
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
  • Whipped cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions:

  • Add coconut sorbet and vanilla ice cream to blender
  • Then add 3/4 of rum
  • Blend and add more rum to thin it out
  • Pour into a a High Ball glass and top it off with whipped cream and grated nutmeg

 

Vodka S’Mores Milkshake

Vodka S'Mores Milkshake

Make this something you drink around your campfire

Ingredients:

  • 2 big scoops vanilla ice cream or chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs (plus some for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate ganache or any chocolate sauce
  • 2 tablespoons S’mores vodka
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon marshmallow cream

Instructions:

  • Add all of the ingredients into a blender (except from the marshmallow cream) and mix until frothy
  • Add marshmallow cream and blend until mixed
  • Pour into milkshake soda glass
  • To garnish, dip the rim in melted chocolate and then graham cracker crumbs
  • Sprinkle with more crumbs at the end

Spiked Thin Mint Milkshake

Spiked Thin Mint Milkshake

Oh it feels like school again! Spike your milkshake with this treat!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups of chocolate ice cream (4 scoops)
  • 1/2 cup of mint ice cream (1 scoop)
  • 1 oz peppermint schnapps
  • 1 oz blanco tequila
  • 16 thin mint cookies, plus some for garnish
  • Whipped cream

Instructions:

  • Add milk and cocoa powder to blender and mix
  • Add chocolate and mint ice cream, mint schnapps, tequila and thin mints to blender. Blend until smooth and serve in a milkshake goblet.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and crumbled thin mints

 

Bailey’s and Kahula Oreo Milkshake

Baileys and Kahula Oreo Milkshake

What’s better than Oreo’s in a boozy milkshake?

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups almond ice cream
  • 5 oreos
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/3 cup of kahula
  • 1/4 Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 1/4 cup crushed oreos

Instructions:

  • Combine all of the ingredients together (except the crushed oreos) in a blender
  • Mix until smooth
  • Pour into a freezer safe container, cover and chill for an hour in the freezer
  • Serve in a Hurricane glass and garnish with crushed oreos

See! I told you they were very simple. Don’t forget that there are low-fat and dairy-free alternatives to all of these recipes so you can cater for everyone. Also, remember to check out all the links to find the best equipment to help you create the best Hard Shakes this world has ever seen! Have fun and happy cocktailing!