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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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A Restaurant In Australia Is Garnishing Its Margaritas With Frozen Eyeballs
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A cocktail special at a new restaurant in Australia has fallen under the global gaze thanks to its floating gaze. As Nerdist reports, Faro Tapas, a new Spanish eatery at Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), offers a black margarita garnished with a frozen bull eyeball.

The frosty drink contains tequila, mezcal, lime, and charcoal (presumably for color). It's served in a glass with a black salted rim and the aforementioned toothpick-skewered peeper.

Gourmet Traveller recommends that those brave enough to sample Faro Tapas's bovine booze drink it quickly, as the eyeball's ice casing melts. (If you're willing to risk brain freeze to avoid eye mush, this sounds like a smart move.)

That said, adventurous drinkers with stomachs of steel might find Faro Tapas's eyeball-garnished margarita tame compared to the Yukon Territory's Sourtoe cocktail (it contains a dehydrated human toe) and countless other weird and wacky cocktails served up around the world. Bottoms (and eyeballs) up!

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Drink Up: New Study Concludes Wine Can Offset Dementia
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The health benefits of wine can sometimes be overstated by people who are a few glasses deep and slurring their words. Should you ever find yourself in a position to defend your moderate imbibing, you have supporting evidence: A new study says two glasses of wine daily can potentially reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's.

The study, which appears in Scientific Reports, shows that wine has an effect on one's glymphatic function, or the way the brain removes toxins. To clear itself of damaging and accumulated proteins like tau and beta amyloid, which are often linked with dementia, the brain pumps in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to act as a flushing solution. All sorts of variables can influence the glymphatic system's operation, including trauma, stroke, and excessive alcohol intake.

But when researchers dosed the mice in the study with moderate alcohol—amounting to 2.6 drinks daily—the glymphatic system was more efficient, removing more waste and exhibiting less inflammation than the teetotaling control mice.

As is usually the case when it comes to booze, you can have too much of a good thing. When mice got the equivalent of 7.9 drinks daily, their glymphatic system grew sluggish until the overindulging was terminated.

"Studies have shown that low-to-moderate alcohol intake is associated with a lesser risk of dementia, while heavy drinking for many years confers an increased risk of cognitive decline," lead study author Maiken Nedergaard, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, said in a press statement. "This study may help explain why this occurs. Specifically, low doses of alcohol appear to improve overall brain health."

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