Even though we're dipping into the cooler seasons, you can still enjoy your favorite ice creams -- just as long as there's booze in them. These treats are laced with bourbon, local craft beer, wine, liqueur, and spiced rum, so they'll warm you up while you transition away from summer.
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The Woodlands What you're getting: A stout beer malt with cocoa nibs Fielding’s boasts six different adult milkshakes (along with great burgers and giant onion rings). The stout beer malt with cocoa nibs is a good place to start. Something stronger? Try the B52, a heady mix of Cointreau, Baileys, and Kahlúa with vanilla ice cream. Or spice it up with a Mexican chocolate with chipotle pepper and Godiva liqueur. If one of these doesn’t strike your fancy, then you’re just not thirsty. Continue Reading
Upper Kirby What you're getting: The Sweet Cream w/ Shiner Bock Amy Simmons of Austin-born Amy’s Ice Creams has spread innovative frozen-dessert love across the Lone Star State (as well as being the first professional female boxer in Texas. Seriously!). Her booze-fortified selections are not only punchy but served until midnight. Some call the Sweet Cream with Shiner Bock life-changing. Fruitier picks include the Amaretto Peach and the Berry Colada.
Washington Corridor What you're getting: The mimosa milkshake Looking for the breakfast of champions? Pull up a barstool for a mimosa milkshake. This fizzy, eye-opening potion is made with vanilla ice cream blended with orange juice, sparkling wine, and then topped with real whipped cream and orange wedges. Alternatively, choose the pinot noir shake with chocolate ice cream. Brunch, in a straw.
Upper Kirby What you're getting: Maker's Chocolate Covered Cherries In this pint-sized sweet shop, rich frozen custard is dispensed in a giant chocolate-dipped waffle cone, but this “sundae” isn’t as innocent as it looks. It’s made with Maker's Mark chocolate-covered cherries, cherry bourbon sauce, and crowned in whipped cream.
Downtown What you're getting: A Poptail Part cocktail, part popsicle, all delicious. Co-owner Mike Raymond’s spirited frozen creations are made by pureeing cocktail mixes with frozen fruit, and then adding liquor. The whiskey bar changes flavors every year, with current choices including Buffalo Trace bourbon creamsicle and salted caramel bacon.
Washington Corridor What you're getting: Nitro stout float When is the last time you had a root beer float? Well, make new memories with this glorious thing: a pint of Amy’s vanilla bean ice cream, beer, and milk stout nitro. Which beer, you ask? Well, BRC prides itself by currently offering 28 different craft beers on tap and up to 25 bottles to boot.
Upper Kirby What you're getting: The Sangria Pop The Sangria Pop is a chunky peach popsicle submerged in fizzy white sangria -- a mix of pinot grigio, white peach purée, peach schnapps, and fresh berries. Hungry? Order the triple treat: the signature Grille prime cheeseburger and fries with the Adult Milkshake (Italian Nocello walnut liqueur, Crème de Cacao chocolate liqueur, and vanilla ice cream).
The Heights What you're getting: Milk Chocolate Stout The two standouts at this retro ice cream shop are the Milk Chocolate Stout (made with Convict Hill Oatmeal stout beer), and the Waterloo Strawberry Buttermilk, w/ strawberry jam ice cream and Waterloo Texas gin. Whatever you go for, order it in a house-baked brown butter sugar waffle cone.Montrose What you're getting: The Dude Milkshake "No Minors," aka The Dude, is this slider shrine’s homage to The Big Lebowski, and it pretty much nails it. Smooth, milky, strong, and sweet, this milkshake is, essentially, a White Russian that almost doubles as a meal. Sign up here for our daily Houston email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town. Robin Barr Sussman is a Houston writer who loves it when two of her hobbies come together like this. Follow her on Twitter at @SussOut.
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2. Fielding's Wood Grill1699 Research Forest Dr, Shenandoah
3. Amy's Ice Cream3816 Farmham St., Houston
4. The Counter4601 Washington Avenue, Houston
5. Petite Sweets2700 W. Alabama, Houston
6. Reserve 1011201 Caroline St., Houston
7. BRC Gastropub519 Shepherd Dr, Houston
8. Del Frisco's Grille2800 Kirby Drive, Houston
9. Fat Cat Creamery1901 Shepherd Drive, Houston
10. Little Bigs2703 Montrose Blvd, Houston
This modern spot in the Galleria offers an upmarket take on Southern fare with supplies from the nearby Atkinson Farms and Black Hill Ranch, among others. Counter service by day and table service by night create a balance between casual and classy, especially with the addition of a table service "social hour" in the late afternoon. A craft beer or something from the approachable wine list will keep your taste buds occupied while you peruse through the menus of shareable plates and larger entrees like brisket stuffed sweet potatoes and citrus-glazed salmon.
Found in The Woodlands, Fielding's is just as relevant for breakfast and brunch as it is for a great selection of craft beers and 100% Black Angus burgers.
This Texas favorite serves boozy ice creams until 12pm, and is totally worth skipping happy hour.
Custom made burgers AND a mimosa cocktail!? Yes, please!
Petite Sweets in Houston is the ultimate spot to treat yo-self. Desserts here -- think cake balls, macarons, marshmallows, cupcakes, and pies -- all look and taste heavenly, and specialties like the Cookie Monster Hot Chocolate (yes, it’s blue) and the Unicorn Hot Chocolate (this one’s pink and glittery) are (almost) too adorable to drink. For those craving something solid, opt for a mini cupcake or two -- in addition to traditional sugary flavors, Petite Sweets also balances sweet-and-savory like chocolate with bacon jam cupcakes. Sip on your made made-to-order espresso drink and give in to that smile; it’s impossible to be anything but delighted at Petite Sweets.
Home to the city’s most expensive pour (a cool $750 for a couple glorious ounces of 1978 Glenmorangie Pride), the owners of Downtown’s Reserve 101 have assembled a modest list featuring over 300 varieties. Their list represents 14 countries, including rare selections and local Texas whiskeys. Their draft beers are listed with a suggested whiskey pairing, their wine list rotates monthly, and their cocktail program covers the classics. Take a minute, or several, to get acquainted with the whiskey list, taste a few new bottles, and maybe even splurge on one of those highly sought after varieties that runs for hundreds of dollars an ounce -- it’s an experience.
This spunky bar and kitchen in The Washington Corrider is named after a big red cock (truthfully) and serves as haven for beer and comfort food lovers. Burgers and mac and cheese are always in the menu, in addition to other pub grub favorites and over 20 taps of craft beer. If you're an adult but a kid at heart, order one of their boozy milkshakes for dessert.
This is the place to be for amazing burgers and even more amazing boozy ice cream cocktails.
There is no better way to enjoy some beer than frozen and in an ice cream cone.
Head here to stuff your face with as many Sriracha mayo-loaded beef, pulled pork, chicken, and chili-cheese-smothered hot dog sliders as you can. The calories totally don’t count because they’re so small.