6 Spots for Spiked Milkshakes Around Denver

By Ruth Tobias  |  July 18, 2014

We’re not saying it’s the world’s classiest cocktail. But the combination of booze and ice cream always makes for a good time in a glass, and these places start the party right. Bonus pick: the ever-trusty Park Burger, with its mudslides and Irish cream milkshakes (take note, though, that as we write this, the machine at the Old South Pearl original is temporarily on the fritz, so you'd better head to the Hilltop or LoHi locations if you're in a hurry for that sugar high). 

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

The concoctions at the Cherry Creek outpost of this North Carolina-based burger joint range from Cookies & Cream to Almond Paradise, each jolted with vodka and two liqueurs. Which isn't so outrageous for a place that piles one of its patties with six slices of bacon, bacon mayo and bacon salt. 240 Milwaukee St.; 303-377-3032

Crave Real Burgers

All the classic dessert, none of the pesky utensil handling. This Castle Rock favorite makes Black Forest cake in liquid form (pictured above) while recreating New Orleans' famed bananas Foster, pictured top, by blending rum with vanilla ice cream, Nilla wafers, pecans, caramel and, of course, bananas. (There are also branches in Highlands Ranch and Colorado Springs.) 3928 Limelight Ave., Castle Rock; 303-814-2829


Edwin Zoe doesn't miss an old-school trick at his new North Boulder "fine diner" Ella, and the bracing, whipped cream-loaded grasshopper shake with vodka and crème de menthe is no exception (see more here). 1265 Alpine Ave., Boulder; 303-442-6100

5280 Burger Bar

This sanctuary among the corporate chains around the Pavilions downtown won us over from the get-go with its burgers, from the Boss Hog to the Tree Hugger. But it also runs an on-site creamery, which churns the scoops that appear in its madcap Shaketinis. Take the Dad's S'mores (pictured above right), made with toasted-marshmallow ice cream, shaved chocolate, vodka, Frangelico and graham cracker crumbs. Or try the brand-new seasonal flavor, Orange Dream, combining orange vodka and sherbet with Mexican vanilla ice cream and Grand Marnier.  500 16th St.; 303-825-1020

Sassafras American Eatery

The above pic was snapped at this Southern sensation's flagship location in Jefferson Park. But as much as we adore its milkshakes, including the Cap'n Crunch, they're lacking one thing: alcohol. Enter the new Capitol Hill branch, where all you have to do to get some bourbon with your breakfast cereal is ask. 320 E. Colfax Ave.; 303-831-6233

TAG Burger Bar

Like summer through a straw. Called How the West Was Won, this creation from at Troy Guard's Congress Park joint showcases Stranahan's whiskey against a luscious backdrop of puréed peaches and Bing cherries as well as salted-caramel ice cream. 1222 Madison St.; 303-736-2260