8 Must-Try Boozy Milkshakes in Boston

By Scott Kearnan  |  June 23, 2014

Blue IncHell's Kitchen alum Jason Santos is known for getting inventive in the kitchen, but his contemporary Financial District eatery gets just as creative at the bar. Among the results are a bunch of boozy milkshakes in flavors like root beer, creamsicle, and s'mores to name a few. (131 Broad St.; 617-261-5353)

Boston Chops. You can trade a traditional nightcap for a sweeter ending at chef Chris Coombs' South End steakhouse. During late-night service (10 PM-1 AM) the spot serves a trio of adults-only milkshakes. There's the Chops Original of vanilla ice cream with bourbon and maple; the Sioux City of vanilla with Woodford bourbon and sassafras, plus sarsaparilla syrup; and the Pick Me Up of coffee ice cream (obviously) with Jameson, vodka and chocolate liqueur. (1375 Washington St.; 617-227-5011)

Del Frisco's Grille. The upscale steakhouse chain's more casual sibling (which just opened a second area outpost in Burlington) offers an Adult Milkshake (pictured) that is a not-too-sweet, not-too-bitter blend of Nocello walnut liqueur, crème de cacao chocolate liqueur and vanilla ice cream. You can also order it as part of the "Triple Treat" (pictured, $19.95) a grown-up take on the "Happy Meal" that features the Prime Cheeseburger (a double-patty on brioche topped with cheese and sloppy joe sauce) paired with fries and the adult milkshake. (33 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill; 617-608-3682)

The Friendly Toast. This kitschy Kendall Square favorite spikes its creative menu of griddled sandwiches with Leah's Liquid, a vanilla ice cream milkshake that can be ordered either "low-brow" (with orange soda, below) or "luxurious" (with Grand Marnier). We're told the other frappés, like the Moxie and the Pinky, which combines vanilla ice cream with Hershey's chocolate and raspberries, can also be made boozy on request. (1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge; 617-621-1200)

Grass Fed. Yes, this burger bar has some of the top patties in town. But our inner child sings for the boozy milkshakes in flavors like the All Nighter (vanilla ice cream with coffee liqueur, Irish country cream and a shot of coffee) and the Banana's Foster Parent (vanilla ice cream with banana, dark rum and whipped cream). They're among our 30 Things You Need to Eat & Drink This Summer; check out the full list here. (605 Centre St., Jamaica Plain; 617-553-2278)

jm Curley. The Downtown spot has a lot of fun with its menu; regularly changing permutations of burgers, and quirky snacks (like "Cracka' Jack" of caramel candied popcorn with roasted peanuts, bacon and a prize) are a big part of its appeal. Add to the must-tries the Mudslide Milkshake, a true 21-plus treat. (21 Temple Pl.; 617-338-5333)

Kings. This vaguely retro restaurant-slash-bowling alley is where grown-ups go to feel like kids again. Naturally, that requires the boozy version of a shake you'd slurp at an old soda shoppe. Among the options are a Ten-Pin Split Sundae of vanilla ice cream with coconut rum and strawberry purée and the Kings Colada with vanilla ice cream and pineapple. (50 Dalton St.; 617-266-2695)

Wahlburgers. While we eagerly await the opening of the famous family's Fenway-side location, head to the Hingham original for one of several "adult frappes" on the menu. We're partial to the Blueberry Pie (vanilla ice cream with blueberry and vanilla vodkas and a graham cracker crumble) and the Funky Monkey (strawberry ice cream with vanilla vodka, creme de banana and creme de coco). Cheers, kid. (19 Shipyard Dr., Hingham; 855-924-5246)