Voodoo Vanilla Shakes

Recently I came across a recipe for beer milkshakes using chocolate stout and chocolate ice cream. Which sounds delicious. I began thinking about what beers could go well with different flavors and was stumped on vanilla. Then last week I tasted Rogue’s Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale – inspired by Voodoo Doughnuts – and thought it a little too out there to drink the whole thing, but that the flavors would work well in a beer milkshake. With vanilla!

The beer is slightly overpowering, so I didn’t want to add too much to the mix. I started with two cups of ice cream (I used Breyer’s) and a half cup of low-fat milk (I used some from Ronnybrook, our favorite local farm) blended it, and added the beer in by tablespoon. Six was just right (six tablespoons equals a quarter cup, by the way). It added subtle flavors of bacon and maple that enhanced the vanilla and really came through on the back end.

Totally delicious!

Recipe:

2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened but not too much
1/2 cup low fat milk, cold
1/4 cup Rogue Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale, cold

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend to desired thickness. Enjoy.

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