If you’re ready to take your St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day) up a notch, you have to make these maple whiskey milkshakes! The flavors of whiskey, maple, vanilla, and espresso work together in a dreamy way to make this the perfect milkshake.
Maple whiskey milkshake with espresso…aka the best milkshake ever. I originally developed this recipe with St. Patrick’s Day in mind, because why should minty green shamrock shakes get all the love? The combo of creamy, smooth ice cream with the sweet, boozy whiskey is pretty irresistible.
And let me tell you, after the last three weeks we’ve had…I could use a boozy milkshake in my life. First…a week of frigid sub-zero temps where you pretty much couldn’t leave the house. Part way through that week, my daughter E somehow came down with a fever without even leaving the house. Fever was 103-105°F and after three days, we took her in to her pediatrician. They called it viral (and it may have been), and sent her home. A few days later, the fever persisted so we brought her in again.
They sent her in for chest x-rays and we discovered she had pneumonia.
Then Michigan got an ice storm and our power went out. FOR FIVE DAYS. So we were at a hotel for five days. With a kid with a fever and pneumonia, so we couldn’t really leave and do anything. LOTS of family bonding time happening. I’m super thankful that we had the option available to stay in a hotel, and I realize things could be 100% worse, so we tried to have a good attitude about it.
Once we got back home, the fever clung on to my dear sweet daughter. She just couldn’t shake it, and we also discovered she was allergic to penicillins. Thankfully it wasn’t an anaphylactic reaction, but she knows all about those and how dangerous allergies can be from their food allergies, so she was just terrified.
We got her on her third antibiotic, and she’s finally been fever-free for a few days and on the mend. She was crushed to miss Valentine’s Day at school, but I went out of my way to spoil her a little bit (okay, maybe a lot) that day, and she got a visit from her grandma. I tucked her into bed that night, as I always do, and she looked at me and said, “This was the best Valentine’s Day ever, Mommy!” Mission accomplished.
I am so very ready to get back to some sort of routine…but I think maybe I should incorporate maple whiskey milkshakes into my routine? Ben dubbed these the “best milkshakes he’s ever had,” so I most certainly think they are worthy of being added to some sort of regular rotation. Maybe not every day…but I’m gonna have to say at least every St. Patrick’s Day.
I’ll take these any day over a minty green concoction. I have nothing against those, but this milkshake is definitely the classier, more grown-up St. Patrick’s Day milkshake, and not just for the obvious boozy reason.
The subtle flavors of the maple, vanilla, and espresso are there, but they are all back-up singers to the whiskey. You can taste them all if you’re really looking for them, but really it’s just the perfect joint effort to perfectly marry all the flavors into the most dreamy milkshake. I’m willing to bet that even if you don’t like whiskey, you’re gonna love this milkshake.
More Milkshake Recipes:
- 1 1/2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
- 1/4 cup milk (whole milk is best)
- 1 ounce whiskey or bourbon
- 1 tablespoon real (not imitation) maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon maple flavor (see note)
- Optional: whipped cream and chocolate syrup for topping
- Blend all ingredients (except whipped cream and chocolate syrup) together in a blender until smooth. Add more ice cream or more milk to achieve desired consistency. (More milk = thinner milkshake, more ice cream = thicker milkshake).
- Serve immediately topped with whipped cream and/or chocolate syrup if desired.
- Maple flavor is likely something not everyone has in their pantry. It drives home the maple flavor, but it isn't key to the success of this milkshake. It's great with or without the maple extract.
- Photos depict just under a double batch of this milkshake (there was still a little left in the blender).
- Nutrition information calculated without toppings.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
Husband’s take: Already covered this, but “best milkshake ever.” YES.
Changes I would make: None at all! Unless I can make it calorie free and still this delicious….can I do that?