It may be winter, but snow flurries and woolen mittens have never slowed my cravings for ice cream. In fact, I often reach into my freezer more as temperatures plummet. Perhaps I just like the juxtaposition of curling up under a heavy blanket while tucking into a frozen treat. Whatever the reasoning, I've kept this milkshake suited to the season with the addition of dark, rich liquor and luscious salted caramel. Thanks to the heartwarming effects of booze and a salty confection to prevent an overly sweet drink, this dessert is all grown up. Using salt doesn't turn this milkshake savory, rather it heightens the flavors of the other ingredients, resulting in a final product that is far more complex than a old-fashioned diner milkshake using industrial caramel syrup.
Bourbon Salted Caramel Milkshake
Makes 2 servings
4 large scoops good quality vanilla ice cream
4 tablespoons salted caramel
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 teaspoons Grand Marnier
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until just combined. Serve immediately.
Caroline Ford is a food stylist, writer & recipe developer in Portland, OR. More of her writing can be found on her blog: Food. Write. Style.