Half Baked + Sherry
With a clever name drawn from a mixture of unbaked cookie dough and fully baked brownies, Half Baked is all about compromise. A fortified wine like sherry is another of life’s better compromises, clocking in at a higher ABV than your standard vino but lighter than a spirit. A dessert-appropriate Pedro Ximenez sherry with notes of dried fruit or caramel fits in well between the two polar sides of the Ben & Jerry’s mashup. Add a dash of Madeira, which is baked in casks in the island sun, to play up the punny name even more.
Milk and Cookies + Bourbon + Dark Rum
Milk and cookies is the ultimate comfort snack. To find a spirit capable of adding any more pleasure to this pairing, look to another comforting milky staple, New Orleans Milk Punch, which has soothed many a Mardi Gras reveler. Between the bourbon, rum and chocolate chip cookie mix-ins, this restorative shake will undoubtedly do you right.
New York Super Fudge Chunk + Falernum + Rum
Nuts are the unsung heros of B&J’s ode to the Big Apple. Take a tiki trip through NYC by adding nutty falernum and sweet rum to this fudgy flavor.
Phish Food + Guinness
Inspired by the heady high of a Phish concert, this duo mixes frothy, heady Guinness with the marshmallow and caramel swirls of the chocolate fish-studded ice cream for a pillowy, yet dark shake.
Red Velvet Cake + Red Wine
Red wine and red velvet cake are a no-brainer combination. The cream cheese frosting and cake pieces mixed into the ice cream help give the wine a round, velvety lushness, while the vino gives the ice cream an edge.
Chocolate Fudge Brownie + Kahlua + Frangelico + Drambuie
Little distinguishes this second tier flavor of chocolate ice cream and fudge chunks, but a spiked shake is the perfect chance to give it enough mix-in flavors to compete with even the most complex of Ben & Jerry’s stars. Three flavored liqueurs pummel any Fudge Brownie naysayers with a rainbow of sweets. With accents coming from coffee and hazelnut and honey, this shake is anything but boring.
S’mores + Baileys
We already know that Baileys and marshmallows make for the world’s greatest adult s’mores, so it’s only natural that the same flavor combo would work in a chillier concoction. This sugary shake makes a cool alternative to the fire-roasted tradition.
Banana Split + Aperol
Aperol is a strong shake play worthy of any banana split aficionado. The Ben & Jerry’s flavor includes both strawberry and banana ice creams for a one-two fruity punch, which, along with the fudge swirl, provide enough sweetness to balance the bitter aperitif.
Cheesecake Brownie + Amaretto + Rye
For a complex shake, add nutty amaretto and spicy rye to this sweet-and-tangy ice cream. The spirits act like a crumbly crust to offset the cake’s sweetness.
Chocolate Therapy + Scotch
Nothing could possibly match the flavor overload that is Chocolate Therapy except the infamously powerful Scottish spirit. How else do you balance chocolate pudding ice cream swirled into even more chocolate ice cream?
Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz! + Fernet
You thought we were going to say vodka and Kahlua, didn’t you? Or maybe Irish whiskey. Those pairings might sate your standard coffee ice cream eater, but not the connoisseur who prefers the strong espresso flavor of this Ben & Jerry’s pint. Pair that potent flavor with some equally potent Fernet Branca for a bittersweet delight.