Salted Bourbon Caramel Milkshake

Not many things will get my kids out of the pool like a salted caramel milkshake, and not many things will increase your odds of being pushed[ into the pool like drinking a salted Jack Daniel's caramel milkshake with me and my buddies.]

Total Time:
20 min
20 min

2 servings

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) bourbon, optional
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt, plus extra for topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • You'll need: Blender, medium saucepan

  • Pour 1/3 cup water and the bourbon into a medium saucepan and set over high heat. Carefully pour the sugar directly into the center so none of it splashes up the sides of the pot. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar starts to turn brown. Do not stir the pot. If you need to, gently swirl the pot to help melt all the sugar.

  • Once the sugar turns a rich, deep brown, remove the pan from the heat and carefully pour in the cream, taking care as it will splatter a little. Add the butter, salt, and vanilla. Swirl the pot until the butter dissolves completely and evenly into the caramel sauce-this makes it shiny and rich.

  • Drizzle a little of the caramel sauce into 2 tall milkshake glasses. Combine the ice cream, milk, and the remaining caramel sauce in a blender, reserving a little of the caramel for the topping. Blend until smooth and pour into the glasses. Top each with a little whipped cream, a pinch of sea salt, and a drizzle of the reserved salted caramel sauce.

Prep-Ahead Tip: Make the salted caramel up to a week ahead of time. In fact, make a big batch of it and keep it in your refrigerator. It goes great with just about any dessert: apples, ice cream, chocolate cake, bananas . . . you name it.

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