Boozy Milkshakes with Chocolate Caramel Rims


I know what you're thinking, beer + dairy = a hard no. While in general I agree, I would like to draw your attention straight to the root beer float! A little bubbly, some flavor from the root beer, mixed nicely with some vanilla ice cream. So now that you may have decided that sounds more than okay, let's move along to this St. Patrick's Day-esque milkshake. It's basically exactly that, with a little kick, a caramel chocolate rim, and some fresh whipped cream. Have I convinced you yet?

The perfect boozy and sweet treat!

My favorite part of this recipe is it doesn't call for too many ingredients, but turns out so delicious! Since it's on the simpler side, I definitely recommend grabbing high quality ingredients if you can. For shaved dark chocolate, I always love buying Ghirardelli.

Chocolate bar with dark chocolate shavings

You'll start by shaving some dark chocolate. If you have an apple peeler, it's actually super easy to just use that on the edges in order to quickly shave lots of nice curls. Make sure you have a good sized pile as the shavings will be going along the rim of the glass and also on top. Add most of it to a plate, reserving some extra for topping.

Next you'll make the caramel for the rims. We'll be using the caramel recipe from the Caramel Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Brownies with Cashews. I'm also so sorry for bringing you to that link. If you want to pause for a minute, make the brownies, and come back here, I absolutely support that. Once you make the caramel, you'll want to pour most of it onto a plate, reserving a little in the pot for later. Rotate the rim of each milkshake glass in the caramel, creating an inch-long rim on each. Immediately roll the caramel rim in the plate with the chocolate shavings. You can press down pretty firmly in the chocolate shavings in order to get a nice thick layer.

Now it's time to whip the cream. Although it may seem like a little effort, homemade whipped cream is a game changer. Our mom and grandma always make homemade whipped cream to top cakes, meringue tortes, and any other desserts, and it's truly worth it. All you basically have to do is whip the cream until it is thick and airy, and mix a little vanilla and powdered sugar in until it is just combined.

Now time for the fun part!

Grab your blender and add your ice cream, part of a Guinness, and a little vodka, and blend it up. You don't want it to get too thin so make sure you stop after a minute or two. This is the simplest drink, kind of like a mudslide with root beer float vibes. Once everything is nicely blended, grab your prepared milkshake glasses and divide the milkshake mixture between them. Top with the fresh whipped cream, and drizzle with the remaining caramel. You can also use the back of a spoon to slightly swirl the caramel into the whipped cream.

Top with extra chocolate shavings because why not! Grab a straw, sip away, and make sure not to neglect the caramel rim.

Boozy Milkshakes with Chocolate Caramel Rims

A boozy take on a root beer float, these boozy milkshakes with Guinness and vodka are complete with a homemade caramel chocolate rim and fresh whipped cream.



Servings: 2

Shaved Chocolate and Caramel

  • bar of dark chocolate
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter chilled
  • ⅙-¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp salt

Whipped Cream

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar


  • 2 ½ cups vanilla ice cream
  • ½ a Guinness
  • 3 ounces vodka


Shaved Chocolate and Caramel

1. Using an apple peeler, shave the sides of the chocolate bar until you have roughly ½-¾ of a cup of shavings. Add majority of shavings to a shallow plate.

2. Add granulated sugar to a heavy-bottomed pot on the stove and set over medium-high heat. Stir periodically.

3. Once all of the sugar has melted, turn off the heat and add the butter, one tablespoon at a time, and mix until melted. Add the heavy cream and salt and stir to combine. Pour majority of caramel onto a shallow plate.

4. Rotate rim of each milkshake glass in the plate with the caramel, forming an inch-long rim. Immediately roll the caramel rims in the plate with the chocolate shavings, pressing down to ensure the chocolate sticks and forms a thick rim.

Whipped Cream

1. Add heavy cream to the large bowl of a stand mixer and beat on high until stiff peaks almost form.

2. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until just combined and whipped cream is thick but still airy.


1. Blend ice cream, Guinness, and vodka in a blender until smooth but still thick. Pour into prepared glasses.

2. Top with whipped cream. Add reserved caramel and swirl with the back of a spoon. Top with reserved chocolate shavings, grab a straw, and enjoy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

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