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Life is short, so the idea of combining alcohol and dessert seems like a decadent, time-saving treat. Luckily for busy Washingtonians, a number of area restaurants have recognized the need to indulge our desires and have created boozy shakes.
With two locations in D.C. (Capitol Hill and 14th Street) and a spot in Reston, Va., Ted’s Bulletin makes getting one of its “Adult Milkshakes” very convenient. It offers eight preparations, including the Nutty Professor (hazelnut liqueur), the Buzzed Berries (raspberry schnapps and rum) and the Grasshopper (Kahlua and creme de menthe). They all work very well with chocolate or vanilla ice cream but you are welcome to be adventurous (maybe the Nutty Professor with some PBJ ice cream?).
While the menu at The Hamilton is massive, it only offers three boozy shakes. However, it’s quality over quantity. The Grand Marnier Creamsicle, the Root Beer Sinker and the Brûléed S’more shakes are each simply amazing.
The Satellite Room
Tucked behind D.C. famed 9:30 Club is The Satellite Room. The milkshakes fit very well with the restaurant’s 1960’s diner vibe, and with one of the best mixology programs in the city it make sense that The Satellite Room’s boozy shakes would be top notch. In addition to its ten standard boozy shakes, a collection of cereal-inspired spiked milkshakes were recently added to the brunch menu that includes the Bamm-Bamm with Fruity Pebbles and flavored Bacardi Rum, the Drunken Leprechaun with Lucky Charms and Paddy’s Irish Whiskey.
Bobby’s Burger Palace
Don’t let the fact that it is a chain turn you off, just be excited that Bobby’s Burger Palace has five locations in the DMV area. Celeb chef Bobby Flay has put a lot of effort into making some delicious burgers, and he didn’t slake off on his spiked milkshakes either. You have your choice of the Vanilla Caramel Bourbon, the Pineapple Coconut Rum, and the Mocha Kahlua Vodka.
Red Light, 14th Street’s dessert and cocktail bar, only has one boozy shake on its menu but it’s a doozy. The Cake Shake is a heady mix of homemade ice cream, dark rum, Velvet Falernum, cocoa bitters and red velvet cupcake (from Red Light owner Aaron Gordon’s other restaurant, Red Velvet Cupcakery).