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Wine Milkshakes

Boozy milkshakes are my new favorite thing. I saw them at almost every restaurant that we went to in Vegas and soon fell in love. I don’t know what is less shocking here: that they have boozy milkshakes all over Vegas or that I fell in love with, yet another, type of dessert.

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But despite my love, I haven’t made a single one at home. Not a one! Two weeks ago, however, we were inspired to make our first…But let’s start at the beginning of our story…

At the beginning of October, we attended our friends’ wedding at a winery in South Georgia. Being the alcohol wine enthusiasts that we are, we just had to try the wines while visiting. It was one of the best tastings we’ve ever done, mostly because we tried every single wine they make (which was about 12).

The grand finale of the tasting was their dessert wine. But they did a little something extra special for the dessert wine: they served it over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Whaaaaat?! You just stir the wine into the ice cream until it’s all smooth and then take a bite.

And holy moly. What a game-changer!!! On it’s own, the dessert wine was a bit much for me. Ultra rich and heavy. But the ice cream totally mellowed it out and made for one heck of an adult dessert. We were super impressed. To no one’s surprise, we bought 2 bottles of the stuff.

So how exactly did we get to wine milkshakes from that? Okay so let me just say…I can’t take any credit for this one. My husband developed this genius idea a couple weeks ago. He just splashed some of the dessert wine over vanilla ice cream, added it to the blender and boom! A wine milkshake was born! I did, however, add on the whipped cream, cherry, and a straw. So I earned my serving.

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Here are some additional tips to help you make these boozy wine milkshakes for yourself:

  1. Make sure you buy red dessert wine (port, madiera, etc) and not table wine (merlot, pinot noir, etc). The dessert wine is heavier and has more alcohol content so it won’t get drowned out by the ice cream. The flavor really stands out.
  2. Use any vanilla ice cream you want! Our favorite (right now) is Blue Bell Natural Vanilla Bean because the vanilla bean is so prominent (see the flecks in the pic above?!). But you can use whatever kind you want. Even vegan ice cream or frozen yogurt.
  3. Make sure the ice cream is slightly softened before you begin. If it’s rock-solid, it won’t blend evenly and will turn out chunky. If you’re using frozen yogurt or gelato, you probably won’t need this step because they are already softer consistencies.
  4. Let’s take a second to talk about the best cherries that I’ve ever had: Amarena Cherries. They hail from Italy, are darker in color and pack wayyyy more flavor than a maraschino cherry. It’s almost like they have a slight amaretto flavor but there’s no alcohol added to them; it’s just their natural flavor. I definitely recommend using these to top your milkshakes and sundaes. It adds sophistication to an otherwise childlike drink. You can get them at most special food stores, Italian markets, or using this link.

I really hope you enjoy this unique drink! Have you had boozy milkshakes before? What kind do you recommend?

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Print Recipe
Wine Milkshakes
With just two ingredients, this is the easiest boozy drink you will ever make. Just blend dessert wine and vanilla ice cream and you are on your way to having the best adult milkshake you can imagine!
Prep Time 5 mins
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup red dessert wine (port, madiera, etc.)
  • toppings for milkshake (whipped cream, cherries, etc)
Prep Time 5 mins
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup red dessert wine (port, madiera, etc.)
  • toppings for milkshake (whipped cream, cherries, etc)
  1. Take your favorite vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt out of the freezer. If it is rock-solid, let it softened a little on the counter until it's scoopable (5-10 minutes).
  2. Scoop the entire pint of ice cream into a blender. Add 1/2 cup of dessert wine.
  3. Place lid on blender and blend on high until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  4. Pour into a wine glass and top with whipped cream and a cherry (if desired). Serve with a straw and enjoy!


More boozy recipes:

Cranberry Lime Mojitos

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

sparkling apple cider sangria

Drunken Spaghetti and Meatballs



  1. | Kitchen Wellness

    Nice idea and it brought the recipe that was nevere been tried before. Good choice of red wine because it can stand and doesnt spoil easily compared to white wine

    • I haven’t tried it but I think it would work just the same. You might need to adjust the proportions, depending on the consistency of the vegan ice cream. Just test it out after you’ve blended and add more ice cream if it’s too runny or more wine if it’s too thick. Hope that helps!!

    • It finally got chilly her in Atlanta. I’m sorry it’s still hot in LA for you! But at least you have an excuse to make this milkshake 🙂

  2. I love this idea!! I’ve had port with ice cream (try it with salted caramel – you won’t be disappointed!) but never thought to put it in a milk shake. I’m going to have to try this!

    • I totally get that! I was the same way with coffee. Never liked it. But I loooooved coffee ice cream and sugary coffee drinks. Slowly but surely I ended up falling in love with coffee and even drink it without sugar now! Maybe this will work the same for you 🙂

  3. Absolutely saving this to my Pinterest board =) Brilliant like the other commenter said above (or below…however it works). Is it wrong, that I hate cherries, (fresh ones I love however), but love the smell of them and the look of them when on drinks? If they smell like amaretto, that might help though =)

    • Ahh you don’t like cherries?! It’s ok. I used to be that way, too, actually. No worries! You can just top with a strawberry. Or nothing at all!

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