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Master of Cocktails - Bourbon Vanilla Shake

by Ben Ellefsen     2. December 2013 18:44

Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake

Sunday was the first day of advent, and as literally thousands of giddy adults cracked open the first window of their Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars I wanted to make another grown-up version of a childhood favourite to go along with them.

So, we made a Bourbon Milkshake! People like milkshakes. That’s proven. This one’s incredibly straight-forward and absolutely delicious. Before we get started though, it would be crazy of me to mention the Advent Calendars without sharing this brilliant video with you, released today! See how many people you can recognise. It even includes an incredibly handsome man all tucked up in bed with some kind of wintery weather-induced malady...

Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake ingredients

You’ll be needing these...

List of Ingredients

  • 50ml Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon
  • 120ml Milk (Whole)
  • 120g Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 5ml Vanilla Extract
  • 20ml Maple Syrup (or to taste)
  • So how’s it done? Like this, obviously:

    #6secondcocktails

    Too quick? Oh, alright, let’s start over properly. It’s a very easy build, just a case of slinging everything into a mixing jug. I'm using a plastic one as we're going to blend it later using a hand-blender (and glass + whizzing blades don't mix).

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake plastic shaker

    First up, we're going to put a double measure (50ml) of this bad-boy into our jug:

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon

    It’s called Old Scout, as the guys at Smooth Ambler sourced (or scouted) this out prior to the release of their own Bourbon.

    It's an absolute cracker of a whiskey this. Absolutely loads of Vanilla, with the 'heavy oak' character overtaken by a full 7 years of maturation-led fruit and spice. Works really well with the Ice Cream. So, in it goes.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake pouring Old Scout Bourbon

    Next up, 120ml of Chilled Whole Milk...

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake measuring whole milk

    ...followed by 120g of Vanilla Ice Cream. I'm using Haagen Dazs, but you can use anything 'proper'. Worth saying that I've tried this with other flavours. They all work, but the Vanilla really lets the Bourbon shine through.

    If 120g sounds like a lot, that's because, erm, it is... Not a low-fat recipe, this.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake Ice Cream

    Sling it in with the milk/bourbon mixture.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake mixing the ingredients

    Add 5ml of Vanilla Extract next. More Vanilla is always good. Yes.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake measure vanilla extract

    NB – 'extract', not 'essence'. One is made from Vanilla, one isn't. I'm using this one.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake vanilla extract

    Into the mixture with it.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake pouring vanilla

    Now the final ingredient, Maple Syrup. I'm using No.2 Amber from Waitrose – loads of flavour.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake Maple Syrup

    I'm going to add 20ml, but this is one where you really can afford to vary it to taste.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake measure maple syrup

    Using none at all is absolutely fine, and you'll only make it yummier by adding more.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake pouring maple syrup

    Now for the fun bit. Get your stick-blender, and go at it until it's all Creamy (Fnaar! Fnaar!). Blend it up right nice.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake blending

    And tip into a milkshake glass (if you've got one). If not, a highball will do.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake pouring into glass

    No garnish, but a stripy paper straw will make it look like the daddy.

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake paper straw

    And there we have it. A Bourbon Vanilla Shake. Not a bad way to kick off advent, eh?

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake

    Enjoy!

    Lots of you were mixing along at home last night (people like milkshakes – fact). Here are your Bourbon Vanilla Shakes:

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake @Reemus22 Mlkshake

    @Reemus22 used Knob Creek in his shake (Fnaar?)

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake @luciennesimpson Milkshake

    Whilst @luciennesimpson had stripy straws on hand for hers – top work!

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake @DJOsito ingredients

    Here’s what @DJOsito used – nice choice with the Hudson Baby Bourbon!

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake @DJOsito milkshake

    ...and @DJOsito’s finished shake. That’s right, they also have shake glass AND stripy straw! 10/10

    Next week, we’ll be revisiting Bourbon for probably the most Christmassy tasting sour you'll ever have. These are the ingredients you'll need:

    Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake Next Week

    Next week, you’ll be needing these...

    FEW Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength, King’s Ginger Liqueur, Monin Pain d'Epices (Gingerbread) Syrup, a Lemon.

    Ben

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