The Magical Boozeshake

Boozeshake. Photo by Michael Paydos, 2011The Boozeshake! More of a spiritual quest than a mix drink, the philosophy behind a proper boozeshake is to completely wing it, then overdo it a bit (perhaps more than a bit).

A proper boozeshake should be anything but, and only include the most decadent components. It is an amazing dessert, comfort food companion, or a great fix when craving a milkshake.

After years of mild lactose intolerance, I’ve come to actually prefer the taste of soy milk, which is what I use here as a base. I can handle a bit o’ Baileys just fine, so that’s another big component.

Below is my basic boozeshake formula. For each ingredient, a sort of guideline is included to assist in inventing your own. If your taste run more rich and less sweet, you can easily adjust as desire. If you are looking for a low-cal option, I might just suggest looking elsewhere.

Some key boozeshake components. Photo by Michael Paydos,, 2011

Some key boozeshake components

The Original Boozeshake

  1. 2 oz Baileys (the “rich” ingredient)
  2. 2 oz Kahlua (the sweet ingredient)
  3. 1.5 oz Vanilla-infused vodka (the added flavor and kick)
  4. Soy milk (the base)
  5. Whipped cream (if desired)

Fill a pint glass a bit over half full with ice. Add first 3 ingredients then top with soy milk. Shake vigorously if desired and then top with whipped cream.

Common substitutions:

  1. The “rich”—chocolate infused vodka, amarula, a raw egg, heavy cream, ice cream
  2. The “sweet”—nearly any liqueur, infused simple syrup, coffee or other syrup
  3. The “add flavor”–here you’re also looking for the kick of a strong vodka. Other infused spirits are a good idea, so long as the flavor will be complementary.

Tip: If you want to make it mudslide style, I would reduce the regular milk (soy, cow, or whatever), and increase the Bailey’s or add cream before blending smooth.


About Dazed & Infused

Failed science major turned to creative writing which led to a job as a bartender hack turned mixologist turned book editor turned writer who then went on to the world of International Corporate Communications. This is a bit getting back to his roots--that would be booze & science & rambling.
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2 Responses to The Magical Boozeshake

  1. Sarah says:

    I’m going to pretend I never saw this entry, because otherwise I may want to try making it… all the time.

    Oh! And I thought you might be interested in this recipe for sweet milk liqueur. Not vegan : ( but it sounds interesting.

    • That sounds really neat! I wonder how it would be using vanilla sugar?

      Boozeshakes are good for the soul, and for me they often fill an ice cream craving pretty well. It’s probably worse for you than ice cream, but that’s beside the point.

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