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Boozy Fresh Cherry Black Bottom Milkshakes

Boozy Fresh Cherry Blackbottom Milkshakes are a decadent and clever dessert to serve your adult friends
Prep Time30 mins
Plus cooling time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Paige


  • 2 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate (60%) see recipe note
  • 3 tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 3 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Pitted Cherries, fresh or frozen plus extra for garnish
  • 1 1/2 ounces Brandy (optional)
  • 1 cup Milk or more if you like your shakes thinner
  • 2 teaspoons Honey to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2/3 cup Whipped Topping, for garnish


  • Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it bubbles and simmers (not boiling) and is heated all the way through.
  • Place the chocolate squares in a small heat-proof bowl
    Pour the warm cream over the top.
    Let it sit for five minutes, then stir the ingredients together with a fork or whisk until smooth.
  • Place the cherries in a medium sized bowl and pour the brandy on top.
    Toss together and let them sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place the ice cream, cherries, almond extract, honey and milk in a blender.
    Process on high speed until smooth.
    Add a bit more honey for sweetness or milk if too thick at this point.
  • Divide the chocolate ganache on the bottom of your serving glasses.
    Pour the cherry milkshake over the top.
    Add 1/3 cup of whipped topping and another cherry to granish.


  • I used Bittersweet Ghirardelli chocolate, four squares which is 2 ounces. 
  • You can leave the alcohol out of this shake completely - delicious both ways!
  • Use non-dairy ice cream and whipped toppiong if preferred. 
  • You can make this recipe into 2 larger servings instead of 4. 
  • This recipe was updated in December, 2019. 


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 486mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 736IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 1mg