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11 Restaurants With Boozy Milkshakes That Are Worth the Trip

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Want a cool treat with a little kick? Buckle up, because we found a selection of road trip-worthy boozy shakes. Yep, these delectable desserts have the decadence of ice cream—spiked with alcohol. Intrigued? Read on to learn which "adult" shakes are worth traveling to.

1. TED'S BULLETIN // WASHINGTON D.C.

No matter what your sweet tooth desires, there’s a boozy milkshake awaiting you at one of the Washington D.C. area's three locations of Ted’s Bulletin. From the Key Lime Pie shake spiked with coconut rum to the Grasshopper, which includes Kahlúa and crème de menthe, milkshake fans will find a variety of flavors and liquors.

2. THE ORIGINAL DINERANT // PORTLAND, OREGON

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Diner fare gets an upgrade, thanks to the boozy shakes at The Original Dinerant. These drinks take their cues from classic cocktails, adding a decadent dessert twist; standouts on the menu include The Dude (Kahlúa, vodka, vanilla ice cream) and the Berry Boozy (vodka, berries, vanilla ice cream).

3. SASSAFRAS AMERICAN EATERY // DENVER

Sassafras American Eatery’s Icy Inebriants will keep you cool with a bit of kick. For a delightful spin on a smoothie, try the Lavender Fields, which includes mixed wild berries, house-infused lavender gin, and vanilla bean ice cream.

4. RUDY'S BAR & GRILLE // CHICAGO

Rudy’s is known for marrying alcohol and ice cream. Meet the Milkshake Martini: These Smirnoff vodka-based cocktails are combined with Homer's gourmet ice cream—which, legend has it, was a favorite of Al Capone's—to create a variety of flavors like Pumpkin Spice, Double Chocolate, and Dreamsicle.

5. GO BURGER // NEW YORK CITY

Go Burger is all about that gourmet hamburger experience, but their extensive selection of adult beverages really seals the deal. Not only do they have adult floats (including a mouth-watering take on the classic root beer float spiked with Elijah Craig bourbon), but their shakes and cocktails also won’t disappoint. Try the Grandma’s Treat, which is made with Maker’s Mark, caramel and vanilla ice cream.

6. WUBURGER // BOSTON

WuBurger is a staple for burgers, but their milkshakes should not be overlooked. A particularly intriguing one, the Hummingbird, is made with banana chips, chocolate, and raspberry liquor. At $12, that sounds like a steal.

7. RELISH BURGER BISTRO // SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

Relish Burger Bistro is housed within Scottsdale's luxury resort, The Phoenician. The menu [PDF] consists of various 100 percent Wagyu beef burgers on brioche buns, and when it comes to boozy shakes, it sticks to the three main classics: Chocolate, vanilla, and the root beer float. (The chocolate version is spiked with both Van Gogh chocolate vodka and Godiva chocolate liqueur.)

8. HOLSTEINS // LAS VEGAS, PORTLAND, AND ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Holsteins is not messing around with their mind-blowing variety of "Bam-boozled Shakes." Of the 11 shakes they offer (including a vegan coconut raspberry option), the liquor ranges from tequila (the Coffee & Donuts has Patron) to dark rum (the Bananas Foster features Myers's). And of course they carry flavored vodkas, like in the Campfire Smores shake made with Smirnoff marshmallow vodka, chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker crumble.

9. SKILLET // SEATTLE

What pairs perfectly with a burger at Skillet? A boozy milkshake with all of the decadence of a sundae! Their Colonel Parker hard shake adds bourbon to a peanut butter and vanilla ice cream base, while the Jesse's Peppermint Patty combines Batch 206 Mad Mint vodka and Meletti Cioccolato liqueur with vanilla ice cream.

10. FIELDING'S WOOD GRILL // THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS

Grab lunch or dinner at Fielding’s Wood Grill—but save plenty of room for dessert. Whether you have a hankering for the B 52 (with Cointreau, Bailey's and Kahlua) or a Bourbon Caramel (with Buffalo Trace Kentucky bourbon and toffee), the housemade ice cream made from local dairy is the best way to wash down a meal.

11. PALLOOKAVILLE FINE FOODS // ATLANTA

The options are (nearly) endless at Pallookaville. Their extensive list of Shaketails and Boozecreams pretty much guarantees that anyone seeking a boozy float will be satisfied. One menu standout: the Toasty Cinnamon Crunch, which includes vanilla ice cream, butterscotch, Fireball whiskey and, of course, the namesake cereal.

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84 Years Ago Today: Goodbye Prohibition!
A huge queue outside the Board of Health offices in Centre Street, New York, for licenses to sell alcohol shortly after the repeal of prohibition. The repeal of prohibition was a key policy of Franklin Roosevelt's government as it allowed the government an opportunity to raise tax revenues at a time of economic hardship.
A huge queue outside the Board of Health offices in Centre Street, New York, for licenses to sell alcohol shortly after the repeal of prohibition. The repeal of prohibition was a key policy of Franklin Roosevelt's government as it allowed the government an opportunity to raise tax revenues at a time of economic hardship.
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It was 84 years ago today that the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, repealing the earlier Amendment that declared the manufacture, sale, and transport of alcohol illegal in the United States. Prohibition was over! Booze that had been illegal for 13 years was suddenly legal again, and our long national nightmare was finally over.


A giant barrel of beer, part of a demonstration against prohibition in America.
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Prohibition of alcohol was not a popular doctrine. It turned formerly law-abiding citizens into criminals. It overwhelmed police with enforcement duties and gave rise to organized crime. In cities like Milwaukee and St. Louis, the dismantling of breweries left thousands of people unemployed.


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Homemade alcohol was often dangerous and some people died from drinking it. Some turned to Sterno or industrial alcohol, which was dangerous and sometimes poisoned by the government to discourage drinking. State and federal governments were spending a lot of money on enforcement, while missing out on taxes from alcohol.


New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach (right) watches agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid during the height of Prohibition.

The midterm elections of 1930 saw the majority in Congress switch from Republican to Democratic, signaling a shift in public opinion about Prohibition as well as concerns about the depressed economy. Franklin Roosevelt, who urged repeal, was elected president in 1932. The Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution was proposed by Congress in February of 1933, the sole purpose of which was to repeal the Eighteenth Amendment establishing Prohibition.


American men guarding their private beer brewing hide-out, during Prohibition.
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With passage of the Constitutional Amendment to repeal Prohibition a foregone conclusion, a huge number of businessmen lined up at the Board of Health offices in New York in April of 1933 to apply for liquor licenses to be issued as soon as the repeal was ratified.

The Amendment was ratified by the states by the mechanism of special state ratifying conventions instead of state legislatures. Many states ratified the repeal as soon as conventions could be organized. The ratifications by the required two-thirds of the states was achieved on December 5, 1933, when conventions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Utah agreed to repeal Prohibition through the Amendment.


Workmen unloading crates of beer stacked at a New York brewery shortly after the repeal of Prohibition.
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A brewery warehouse in New York stacked crates past the ceiling to satisfy a thirsty nation after the repeal of Prohibition.


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Liquor wouldn't officially be legal until December 15th, but Americans celebrated openly anyway, and in most places, law enforcement officials let them.

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Say ‘Cheers’ to the Holidays With This 24-Bottle Wine Advent Calendar
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This year, eschew your one-tiny-chocolate-a-day Advent calendar and count down to Christmas the boozy way. An article on the Georgia Straight tipped us off to New District’s annual wine Advent calendars, featuring 24 full-size bottles.

Each bottle of red, white, or sparkling wine is hand-picked by the company’s wine director, with selections from nine different countries. Should you be super picky, you can even order yourself a custom calendar, though that will likely add to the already-high price point. The basic 24-bottle order costs $999 (in Canadian dollars), and if you want to upgrade from cardboard boxes to pine, that will run you $100 more.

If you can’t quite handle 24 bottles (or $999), the company is introducing a 12-bottle version this year, too. For $500, you get 12 reds, whites, rosés, and sparkling wines from various unnamed “elite wine regions.”

With both products, each bottle is numbered, so you know exactly what you should be drinking every day if you really want to be a stickler for the Advent schedule. Whether you opt for 12 or 24 bottles, the price works out to about $42 per bottle, which is somewhere in between the “I buy all my wines based on what’s on sale at Trader Joe’s” level and “I am a master sommelier” status.

If you want to drink yourself through the holiday season, act now. To make sure you receive your shipment before December 1, you’ll need to order by November 20. Get it here.

[h/t the Georgia Straight]

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