Raise a glass: The spiked milkshakes taking the city by storm
09:56 GMT, 23 August 2012
Alcoholic milkshakes are taking the trendiest city hotspots by storm
They're the most innocent drink imaginable — slurped by shy teens on first dates, given as an indulgent treat to children and sold alongside Happy Meals at McDonald’s.
But milkshakes are throwing off their sickly-sweet image with a much harder incarnation.
This year, shakes with a generous dash of booze have burst on to the menus of the trendiest city hotspots. They continue the foodie obsession with all things American and retro, which has seen cupcakes, hotdogs and burgers become wildly popular.
Yianni Papoutsis, from London’s MEATmarket restaurant, says: ‘These milkshakes contain fat, sugar and booze — what’s not to like Of course, not all alcohol goes well in milkshakes, so it’s harder to get a hard shake right than a cocktail.’
The combination of a thick, sweet shake and liquor is a natural progression from milky cocktails such as the White Russian. And the flavours go further than just vanilla or strawberry.
London’s Riding House Cafe makes a 6.50 Bramble Cream shake from gin, lemon juice, vanilla ice cream, milk and blackberry liqueur Creme de Mure. The Diner, also in London, has a 7.20 shake with Nutella and brandy.
At Edinburgh’s City Cafe you can enjoy a 6 Pasty Scott with Drambuie, Kahlua, milk, cream and nutmeg.
Nationwide chain T.G.I. Friday’s has a big selection, including Frozen Black Irish (ice cream, Baileys, Kahlua and vodka).
And if you want to impress guests at home, blend three scoops of vanilla ice cream with 100ml milk, eight Oreo cookies and 45ml Baileys.
But don’t think about your cholesterol . . . or let the kids see what you’re doing.