I love milkshakes. Especially alcoholic milkshakes, which, these days, are available in eateries and bars all around Memphis. I've gotten boozy on classic milkshakes at the Arcade Restaurant Downtown, and on 1,000-calorie S'mores- and Nutella-flavored concoctions at newer joints like Railgarten and Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Overton Square. And this Labor Day weekend, I'll be celebrating the unofficial end of summer by using my trusty Waring blender to whip up my own.
There is no secret to making a good milkshake. Sure, you want to start with quality ingredients, but beyond that, you really can't go wrong. Use a few scoops of ice cream per person, pour in a little milk and a few jiggers of liquor, and blend. Add in your "extras" — chopped candy bars, fruit, or syrup, and blend again. Pour into a tall glass, add a straw, and sip. If you want to get fancy, rim your drinking glasses beforehand with sugar, chocolate, or caramel syrup.