Recent heatwave-induced ponderings brought up the thought: If Cleopatra bathed in milk, why couldn't the modern version be a giant frozen milkshake bath? The reasons why not are, sadly, self-evident. But these cold, creamy treats are still a sweet way to beat the heat – and create great summer memories. PICTURED HERE: Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, Serendipity 3, New York.
|Red Velvet Shake, Harlem Shake, New York|
Made with Blue Marble ice cream, organic milk and Toni's Minis Red Velvet cupcakes, this is the signature shake at a new gourmet burger joint that's the talk of Harlem. Other flavors include salted caramel (with house-made caramel) and peanut butter malted.
|Sweet Meat Milkshake, Caesars in Atlantic City, N.J.|
Before every dessert recipe in the whole wide US of A was incorporating bacon, it had a natural home in the fast food spectrum: on top of burgers, on top of fries, and hey! It tastes nice dipped in a milkshake too. At Nero's Tuscan Steakhouse inside Caesars Atlantic City they make a vanilla-peach shake, top it with bacon sprinkles and add vanilla vodka and Frangelico, but if you're making it at home for the kids, it's just as salty-sweet-yummy without the booze.
|Frozen Bananas Foster, Ocean Place, Long Branch, N.J.|
Flaming Bananas Foster is a visual treat, but when you're sitting in a tiki bar by the beach and it's 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you don't want to light rum on fire. You want to ice it down and drink it. That's the thinking at Ocean Place, where they turn this classic dessert into a blender drink featuring Myers and Sailor Jerry's rum.
|Jerry Built Burgers, Houston|
At Houston's home of "homegrown" premium fast food, the shakes are made with Blue Bell ice cream, and a different flavor is featured every month in summer. They top local polls for "best shake in town" – no fancy presentation or garnish necessary.
|Persian Mulberry Milkshake, Lucy Restaurant & Bar, Yountville, Calif.|
It's not just grapes that Northern California knows how to make into beverage magic. This gorgeous garden shake is made with fresh-picked Persian mulberries and fresh peppermint leaves…from the onsite garden, natch.
|Honey & Almonds, The Beach at Dream Downtown, New York|
Creamy, light and barely tasting of booze at all, this concoction is dangerously good. The recipe actually starts with a pour of Jack Daniels Tennes6ee Honey, plus amaretto over vanilla ice cream. By subbing in almond milk for traditional heavy cream or milk, the bar wizards at Dream have created a drink with far less butterfat than a typical shake…but far more liquor. Here's a toast to sweet Dreams, poolside.
|Campfire S'Mores Bamboozled Shake, Holstein's at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas|
This is another shake that can be boozed up for grownups or done with just s'more ingredients (marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker crumble) for a chilled-out variation on a classic summertime treat. If you're doing it grownup-style, Holstein's uses Smirnoff Marshmallow Vodka.
|Sauza Strawberry Surrender|
This is actually a strawberry margarita with chocolate milk added. Kind of like the Neapolitan ice cream boxes Mom used to buy when you were a kid…except with tequila.
This version of the classic dessert is more of a night-time drink because the presentation does include lighting a shot of 151 Rum on fire tableside. The chef at Allium created it as part of the Four Seasons' Summer of Ice Cream Love Campaign --- which is a loveable campaign indeed.
|Chocolate Porter Float, Half Moon Bay Brewing, Calif.|
…And finally, one fabulous float, from a Northern California brewery that pairs its rich microbrewed porter with vanilla ice cream to create a hipster summer cooler nonpareil.