Where to Drink Boozy Milkshakes Around DC

By Nevin Martell  |  April 28, 2014
Credit: Laura Hayes

The Polar Vortex has passed, and you’ve switched out your snow boots for flip-flops. Finally, spring is here. That means temperatures are on the rise - and cooling cocktails are at the top of your to-do list. Might we recommend you simultaneously indulge your sweet tooth with one of these alcohol-amped milkshakes? Here are five places that specialize in boozy brain freezes.

Where: Shoo-Fly Diner
Standout Sipper: If you were looking for an excuse to head up to Baltimore, look no further. Freshly made soft serve is blended with Catoctin Creek brandy, gingersnap liqueur and charred-poplar-infused amaro to create the blue-ribbon-worthy Brandy Al.
Cost: $10

510 E Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD; 410-464-9222

Where: Trummer’s on Main
Standout Sipper: Just like mom didn’t use to make. The rum-spiked PB&J shake stars toast ice cream (top that, Momofuku Milk Bar!), grape jelly and housemade peanut butter. 
Cost: $11

7134 Main St., Clifton, VA; 703-266-1623

Where: Red Light
Standout Sipper: Now you can enjoy dessert and a drink in a single glass. A signature cupcake from sister operation Red Velvet Cupcakery is tossed into the blender with plenty of dark rum, ice cream, a dash of cocoa and Caribbean-spiced velvet falernum.
Cost: $11

1401 R St. NW; 202-234-0400

Where: Burger, Tap & Shake
Standout Sipper: The menu here boasts a quartet of dangerously delicious shaketails. Right now, our allegiance lies with the Evil Empire – a heady mix of vanilla bean vodka, coffee liqueur and vanilla ice cream.
Cost: $8

2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-587-6258

Where: Heavy Seas Alehouse
Standout Sipper: Do your best pirate impression and order up the Peg Leg float. Generous scoops of vanilla ice cream float in an intoxicating ocean of imperial stout. Sarcastic parrot and chest full of booty not included.
Cost: $6.75

1501 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA; 703-879-4388