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Boozy Chocolate Bourbon Milkshake Recipe

This bourbon chocolate milkshake is the perfect adult shake! Use vanilla ice cream, your favorite bourbon, and baking cocoa for this combination dessert/nightcap!

two bourbon chocolate milkshakes

This recipe is an “oldie but goodie” back from the days when I was a brand ambassador for Rodelle! If you’re new to Rodelle, they develop superior baking extracts and gourmet spice blends (and are some of my favorite additions to my spice rack!)

This all came about after I won the Windy City Bloggers/Rodelle blogger contest with my adaptation of Rodelle’s carrot cake. That recipe took a long time to make but it was seriously worth it (and not just because of the spice products I won!)

I had a lot of fun sharing recipes with Rodelle but that has slowed down a little bit over the past few years.

BUT, that doesn’t mean I can’t bring back the first one and my favorite one – this boozy bourbon chocolate milkshake!

homemade vanilla bean bourbon extract

Bourbon Chocolate Milkshake

This bourbon chocolate milkshake is an adaption of two recipes from the Rodelle website: Rodelle Boozy Cocoa Shakes recipe and Rodelle Vanilla Bean infused vodka. It uses both vanilla beans and baking cocoa.

Instead of vodka, I decided to use bourbon. You know me and my love of bourbon. The day before you want to make these shakes, get your bourbon ready. Split 2 vanilla beans and put them in a mason jar, then cover them with the alcohol.

If you think you are going to make this recipe another day, do this step now so that the bourbon is ready for you when you are ready for it.

baking cocoa being sifted
milkshake ingredients in a blender

Sift your dry ingredients together in a small bowl. As you can see from the picture above, it can get a little messy so make sure your bowl is big enough for your sifting.

Then combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend it up. It’s not a difficult recipe to make but definitely is a delicious one.

I see this recipe making it to the front of your “To-Make” list and many boozy milkshakes in your future!

picture of two bourbon chocolate milkshakes
Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Milkshake

Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Milkshake

Yield: 2 milkshakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This boozy bourbon chocolate milkshake is the perfect adult shake! Make one on a hot summer day or as a combination dessert/nightcap!


  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons malted milk powder
  • 1 ounce Kahlua


  1. Split the vanilla beans in half, careful not to scrape the seeds. Put the beans in a mason jar and cover with bourbon. Close the jar tightly and shake. Wait at least 24 hours to use.
  2. Sift the baking cocoa and the milk powder into a small bowl. Put the vanilla ice cream, baking cocoa/milk powder, Kahlua and 1 ounce bourbon in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 milkshake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 806Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 3gSugar: 69gProtein: 9g

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Looking for more bourbon drinks? Try my raspberry sweet tea cocktail or my hibiscus honey mint julep!


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Lynn long

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

This is delicious- I have made it twice! My question is the recipe calls for a cup of bourbon but down in the directions it says 1 ounce of bourbon. I used the cup the first time and it was definitely one and done! Thank you!


Wednesday 24th of June 2015

I love that this is an adult milkshake. It'll be nice to have this after a long day. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.


Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

Oh my...does this ever sound delicious! What a great summer drink!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Kim @ This Ole Mom

Monday 22nd of June 2015

Your milkshake looks so delicious! I never heard of that cocoa but it looks delicious. Thank you for sharing!


Sunday 21st of June 2015

This is my kind of milkshake! Looks so delicious! I am pinning this for my next at-home date night with the hubby. I'd love for you to stop by my blog on Thursday and share one of your posts at my Inspiration Thursday Link Party. I hope you can make it! --Lela @

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