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Boozy Fresh Cherry Blackbottom Milkshakes

Boozy Fresh Cherry Blackbottom Milkshakes are a decadent and clever adult dessert!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Plus marinating time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Paige


  • 2 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate (60% cocao)
  • 3 tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 3 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Cherries, fresh or frozen, pitted plus extra for garnish
  • 1 1/2 ounces Brandy optional
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2/3 cup Whipped Topping, for garnish


  • Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it bubbles and simmers and is heated all the way through but not boiling.
  • Place the chocolate squares in a small heat-proof bowl
    Pour the warm cream over the top.
    Let this sit for five minutes, then whisk the ingredients together with a fork or whisk until it's smooth.
  • Place the pitted cherries in a medium-sized bowl and pour the brandy on top, stir it together and let the mixture sit for 30 minutes to marinate.
  • Place the ice cream, brandy-soaked cherries, milk, honey and almond extract in a blender
    Process on high speed until smooth.
    Add a bit more honey for sweetness or more 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 garnish


  • I used Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate baking bar (squares) for this recipe
  • You can leave the alcohol out of this shake completely...delicious both ways!
  • You can make this recipe into 2 larger servings instead of 4, or double the recipe for 8 servings
  • Use best-quality vanilla ice cream here, you won't regret it :)
  • Shakes too thick?  Add a little more milk!
  • You can swap regular ice cream, milk, heavy cream and whipped topping for non-dairy versions of each in this recipe


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