5 Must-Try Boozy Milkshakes in Seattle

By Leslie Kelly  |  March 5, 2014
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How do you make shakes even better? Turn them into an adult beverage by adding a shot or two. Here are a few sweet places doing just that.

Hot Cakes: Chef Autumn Martin's adorable shop in old Ballard might be best known for the incredible molten cakes but the spiked shakes take the sugar buzz to a whole new level. One reason those velvety smooth sippers are so good: the crackerjack staff lets the ice cream get a little melt-y before blending. Brilliant. Scotch fans will freak over the blend of smoked chocolate with Laphroig but we're hooked on the Creamsicle, a vanilla shake with Blood Orange Solerno. 5427 Ballard Ave NW; 206-420-3431

Skillet Diner: This upscale comfort food spot got on board with the boozy shake scene in 2012, introducing cleverly named creations like the Colonel Parker, a mashup of Jack Daniels, vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and maple syrup, named for Elvis' notorious manager. As tempting as that one is, we prefer the refreshing Peppermint Patty, a chocolate shake that gets its kick from vodka and Branca Menta, a peppermint and saffron liqueur. 

Rachel's Ginger Beer: A cool spot in the heart of Pike Place Market, this place serves its way-tart brews straight up or cocktail-fied. The Dark and Stormy shake - made with rum and ginger beer swirled into vanilla ice cream - will brighten the gloomiest day. And while you're at it, pick up a to-go growler of the best ginger beer on Earth, made right here in Seattle. 1530 Post Alley; 206-467-4924

Tipsy Cow Burger Bar: Boozy milkshakes are what the owners were thinking about when they named this casual, high-achieving suburban cafe - not far from Microsoft's main campus. Because the burgers are so over-the-top - the popular Rockstar features deep-fried bacon and an egg on top - it might be easy to overlook the shakes. So, maybe they're worth a special trip. Sit at the cool bar - which features something like 40+ microbrews on tap - and sip a rum-spiked Bananas Foster, a take on on the flaming dessert that features caramelized boozy bananas and vanilla ice cream. Nobody's going to look at you funny if you dip a few of the excellent fries in that creamy drink. 16345 Cleveland St. Redmond; 425-896-8716

Snoqualmie Ice Cream's Cafe This sweet shop just got a makeover and added spiked shakes to its lineup. We love the company's sustainablility mission of growing much of the ingredients used to make the ice cream. You can taste the difference in the super-rich Salted Caramel Bourbon shake made with the company's chocolate-y Mukilteo Mud ice cream and house-made fudge. 21106 86th Ave SE; Snohomish; 360-668-2912