Bacon, booze and ice cream. That’s what this blog post is about. You know, just the essentials. Is there anything better to drink in hot August weather than a milkshake that’s been spiked with both booze and bacon?
These recipes can be made as cocktails or mocktails, so they’re great for both kids and adults. Whip up a kid-friendly batch in the blender, then add your choice of alcohol to make an adult version. These recipes are incredibly versatile. Did I mention that they are also incredibly delicious?
The first recipe comes from Save On Meats in Vancouver, BC. Save On Meats has been a Vancouver landmark since it opened in 1957. Mark Brand resurrected the enterprise in 2011 with a vision to restore the building back to its prime for the local East Vancouver community and Vancouver residents. Today, Save On Meats houses a butcher shop, sandwich counter, diner and much more. Working with local partners, Save On Meats is a leader in the charge to make the social business model independently sustainable.
Their “Bacon Shake” is described as the perfect bacon summer cocktail. Omit the bourbon to create a kid-friendly version.
1 oz. Bourbon
3 scoops chocolate ice cream
3/4 cup milk
1 strip of cooked bacon (chopped)
whipped cream – optional
Place bourbon, ice cream and bacon in blender. Slowly add the milk to reach your preferred level of consistency. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream (if desired) and extra bacon bits and enjoy!
The next recipe comes from TAG Burger Bar in Denver. TAG Burger Bar is a neighborhood spot specializing in handcrafted burgers and beer. They use a locally-sourced blend of Gold Canyon natural reserve Angus beef that is ground daily, grilled fresh when you order and made with more than a dozen burger recipes. They also offer creative cocktails and specialty milkshakes, in both “boozy” and “kid-friendly” varieties.
The Pineapple Bacon shake is part of their new line of summer milkshakes. The milkshakes can become boozy by adding your choice of liquor (rum would work well) or stay legal for kids with no alcohol. The pineapple-bacon ice cream used in their shakes is made in-house, and if you have an ice cream maker, you can use this easy recipe to make the ice cream. Or, check your grocery store for pineapple ice cream and use that.
3 large scoops of pineapple ice cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1-2 pieces cooked, crumbled bacon
Preferred alcohol (coconut rum or pineapple vodka would work well)
Add chocolate chips as a garnish (optional).
Blend ingredients together, adding milk until desired consistency is reached. You could also add bacon flavor by using Torani bacon syrup or Bakon Vodka.