11 Boozy Milkshakes to Help You Survive August

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Let’s face it: a milkshake is just a way to eat double the amount of ice cream in half the time. The only trouble is the brain freeze, but thankfully, we have a cure. It’s booze, and it works every time. We rounded up 11 of our favorites so you can spend the rest of boozy milkshake season not moving from that kiddie pool you bought to help you survive August.

Lucky Charms milkshake
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This creamy milkshake is like finding the pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow -- and discovering it's filled with marshmallow vodka! Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Marshmallow vodka
  • Lucky Charms marshmallows
  • Vanilla ice cream


"Booze" doesn't always have to mean the hard stuff. This shake sweetens up red wine with raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream. The recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Red wine
  • Raspberry sauce
  • Vodka whipped cream
  • Vanilla ice cream
Hard Apple Cider Milkshake -- Thrillist Recipes
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The only thing more American than apple pie and milkshakes is booze made WITH apple pie and milkshakes. Find patriotism here.

Key ingredients:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Hard apple cider
  • Apple pie


Sweet, salty, and boozy. What more could you want? The recipe's right here.

Key ingredients:

  • Frangelico liqueur
  • Chocolate-covered pretzels
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Vodka whipped cream
Kahlua Cookies and Cream Milkshake
<a href="http://damndelicious.net/2013/11/19/kahlua-cookies-cream-milkshake/" target="_blank">Courtesy of Damn Delicious</a>

Imagine spilling an Irish coffee into your Oreo Blizzard. Delicious happy accidents this way.

Key ingredients:

  • Kahlúa liqueur
  • Oreos
  • Vanilla ice cream


Police Chief Wiggum's wet dream. And who can blame him? Milkshake porn here.

​Key ingredients:

  • Cake donuts
  • Grand Marnier
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Strawberry jam
Boozy Shamrock Shakes
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McDonald's was missing one major ingredient in its Shamrock Shake -- moonshine. Get the boozy version here.

Key ingredients:

  • Moonshine
  • Vanilla bean ice cream
  • Peppermint extract


Depressed about that diet you're on? Drink this. You'll forget all about it. The high-sugar, high-fat, high-alcohol recipe is here.

Key ingredients:

  • Coconut ice cream
  • Malibu rum
  • Girl Scouts Samoas cookies
Happy Hour Hot Fudge Milkshake
<a href="http://joythebaker.com/2013/03/happy-hour-hot-fudge-milkshake/" target="_blank">Courtesy of Joy the Baker</a>

Can't all happy hours be this much fun? Imbibe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Hot fudge
  • Bourbon
  • Vanilla ice cream


The ultimate shake from your childhood, all grown up. Instructions here.

Key ingredients:

  • Whiskey
  • Malted milk powder
  • Chocolate ice cream
White Russian Milkshake
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A boozy shake with a buzz. Get the chilled coffee cocktail recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Coffee ice cream
  • Kahlúa liqueur
  • Vodka

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