Boozy Milkshakes

Old-school burger and dessert joints are shaking things up these days. Reserved for adults only, alcohol-spiked milkshakes are making appearances at classic eateries across North America. Satisfy your sweet tooth at one of these great spots.

Save On Meats, Vancouver 

This local favourite opened as a butcher shop in 1957, but it’s the shop’s retro diner that serves up the adult shakes. Choose from one of four options—including a vanilla and peppermint schnapps shake topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips and the Legendary Shake made with Wild Turkey Bourbon, bacon and chocolate ice cream. Bonus: all of the shakes are served in enormous aluminum cups.

Le Chic Shack, Quebec City

Nothing says Old Quebec like Le Chic Shack’s signature hand-smashed poutine. Help wash it down with one of the eatery’s five boozy lait frappés, made with artisanal ice cream. Popular options include the Salted Maple Caramel Shake with Yukon Jack Whisky and the Strawberries and Cream doused in raspberry liqueur.

Holstein’s, Las Vegas

The only thing more impressive than the interior of this funky burger joint at The Cosmopolitan resort (there are cartoon cows everywhere) is the sheer size of its bamboozled shake menu. There are 15 different flavours to suit everyone from cereal- and chocolate-lovers to vegans and coffee addicts. For something completely indulgent, try the Fat Boy, made with candy bar vodka, peanut butter cups, pretzels, sprinkles and chocolate-caramel popcorn.

The Counter, Los Angeles and New York City

Wine and ice cream shouldn’t work, but this California-based build-your-own-burger chain has been perfecting the art of wine shakes since 2012. The Counter pairs peach nectar with white wine in its Bellini-like Sweet Peach, but the must-try is the Pinot Noir shake. The red wine amps up the flavours of the added cherries, chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream for a rich drink that’s familiar but unexpected.