Not Your Mother’s Milkshake
Rum, vodka and banana liqueur spike an all-time favorite summertime treat.
We all have a fond childhood memory of getting a really thick and creamy milkshake, usually from an old trading post or soda shop. Well, this recipe is just like that, but with plenty of booze for an adult version.
I grew up in the foothills of North Carolina and during the weekends my family and I would ride motorcycles with our friends through the mountains. We would stop at every ice cream shop that oozed rustic mountainous nostalgia. If it had a picnic table, an oak tree or an old plow out front with a sign that said “ice cream” — we pulled in to chill our palates.
I will never forget when I was about 17 years old, cruising the curves of the Blue Ridge with our regular motorcycle group, when we stopped somewhere outside of Black Mountain at an old post office. It had a sign swinging out front indicating they offered beef jerky, boiled peanuts and ice cream. The inside resembled that of an old bank, and the entrance had a bell that rang when slapped by the door. On the left wall was a diner-style bar with stools where they served ice cream and milkshakes. We all ordered a different flavor, and I got the banana milkshake. It was so thick and creamy, it was to die for! I can’t say I had ever had a banana milkshake until then. To this very day I make my own version of that banana milkshake, except now I incorporate an alcoholic flair by using 99 Bananas, vodka and Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum Cream.
It is not a good idea to enjoy this treat and then ride a motorcycle, but it would pair nicely at the beach or by the pool on a hot summer day.