Pumpkin Bourbon Milkshakes

Apparently there’s a rule that you’re not supposed to try out a new recipe on company when you’re entertaining. That means it’s definitely not a good idea to do it when you’re presenting a recipe in front of students.

Rules were made to be broken…or something.

Case in point.

I made these Pumpkin Bourbon Milkshakes for the first time in front of two groups of 15 people when I taught a Food Styling Class with Joy a few weeks ago. THANK HEAVENS it all worked out.

When you pair vanilla ice cream, pumpkin puree, BOURBON, brown sugar and spices, what really could go wrong?

For starters, you could totally drop some ice cream on the floor and almost turn on the blender when you’re not quite ready for it. You could also put an extra shot of bourbon in by accident. And you could show a group of eager students how messy you really are when it comes to working in the kitchen.

Yep. All of this totally happened… If anything, our students learned that I’m just a regular gal who happens to love both food and making messes in the kitchen.

And we’re off!

Ingredient shot! This was me showing our students at our Food Styling Class  how I set up an ingredient shot.

I’ll tell you more about the class soon. I promise. I’m still putting away dishes from that class. Whew!

Oh! Ice cream. There’s a bunch of it in this recipe. Details….

Here’s an overview of me putting everything in the blender. You have no idea how good this smells.

The bourbon in this recipe is totally optional. It sure gives the milkshake a boost, though.

And here we have the milk. It wouldn’t be a milkshake if there wasn’t milk, right?

Blend it up. Pour it out. Blurry action shot. Just go with it!

Whipped cream just magically appears. How convenient!

We get some fresh nutmeg grated for topping.

A dollop of whipped cream. A pinch of nutmeg. What are we missing?

Gingersnaps! And a sun drenched table.

ENJOY!

Pumpkin Bourbon Milkshakes

serves 4
recipe adapted from Sunset Magazine

  • 2 cartons (14 oz. each) vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sweetened whipped cream (optional)
  • gingersnaps for garnish

Whirl ice cream, pumpkin, milk, bourbon, sugar and spices in a blender until smooth. Pour milkshake into 4 tall glasses and top each with a dollop of whipped cream, a pinch of nutmeg and a gingersnap cookie. Serve with straws.

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  • November 7, 2012

    These look so good. I’m from the bourbon state so these would be a hit around here – yum!

  • November 7, 2012

    Ha, I probably would drop some ice cream too… Looks amazing nonetheless!

  • November 7, 2012

    LOVE this! Bourbon always makes it better.

  • November 7, 2012

    This sounds AMAZING! I’ll have to make it sans bourbon for now, but at least it’s for a good reason. :)

    I often try new recipes for company. As long as it’s from a trusted source (like a great food blog), I say go for it! I’ve never had a major fail.

  • marci
    November 7, 2012

    I love the way the contents of the glass look ombre! I love the creamy swirl of cream/ice cream near the top. Looks amazing – you had me at nutmeg and pumpkin. :-)

  • Petra
    November 7, 2012

    Looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • November 7, 2012

    Just when I’d stopped fantasizing about that damn milkshake, here it is again. I need it in my mouth and life ASAP.

    • November 7, 2012

      TWSS, obviously.

  • November 7, 2012

    Oh my word. This looks incredible.

  • November 7, 2012

    I was there! The milkshakes are delicious (although very decadent), and you totally rocked the demo. You seemed cool and pulled together (and didn’t make that much of a mess). Thanks for a great class!

  • November 7, 2012

    Sigh. Now I am even sadder that I missed the food styling class.

  • November 7, 2012

    This looks like fall-heaven in a glass. Yum!

  • Sini
    November 7, 2012

    Oh my, this looks so incredibly good.

    • Tracy
      November 7, 2012

      It IS incredibly good.

  • November 7, 2012

    THIS IS TOO MUCH. TOO MUCH. Bourbon. Pumpkin. Everything is right in the world.

    I’ll put this on my weekend buckkkkket.

    Thanks for being rad Tracy Shutterbean.

    • Tracy
      November 7, 2012

      aww. Thanks for being an awesome reader!! Bourbon or bust!

  • November 7, 2012

    Lady, you speak my language. I looove bourbon in a milkshake.

  • November 7, 2012

    You had me at bourbon.

  • Lisa
    November 7, 2012

    Can’t wait to try this! Even the husband is excited. You have ground ginger listed twice. Did I miss something?

    • Tracy
      November 7, 2012

      Nope. You spotted my error. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  • November 7, 2012

    oh no you didn’t. but you totally did, and the can of pumpkin in the pantry is about to be put to use ;)

  • November 7, 2012

    WOWZA! Pumpkin, bourbon and ice cream … now that is a dessert to serve not only guests but myself!!

  • November 7, 2012

    DUDE!!!

  • Seren
    November 8, 2012

    MUST MAKE THIS ASAP! What a fantastic idea Tracy!!

  • November 8, 2012

    You make me tipsy.

    • Tracy
      November 8, 2012

      doesn’t take much! :P

  • November 8, 2012

    holy moly milkshake heaven!!!

    • Tracy
      November 9, 2012

      Exactly.

  • November 9, 2012

    I like how you say “whirl” everything in the blender. That’s way better than “mix”.

  • November 9, 2012

    Perfect idea for this upcoming warm fall weekend, the best of summer and fall together!

  • Amanda Barkey
    November 10, 2012

    that photo of the milk being poured is amazing- cant stop staring for some reason… this milkshake is EVERYTHING.

  • November 11, 2012

    oh mama. I am literally salivating

  • November 11, 2012

    If you ask me, an extra shot of bourbon is always an excellent choice. Wish I could’ve attended your class and topped it off with this milkshake!

  • November 13, 2012

    Delish, delish. And, I’m all for breaking the rules!

  • November 18, 2012

    Bourbon and pumpkin is my new favorite combo!!! I can’t believe I never thought of it before seeing that they are two of my favorite things separately. I’m making this recipe this thanksgiving…

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