Unwind With Wine Milkshakes and 3 More Buzzworthy, Boozy Frozen Desserts

By: Alyse Whitney
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When reaching for something comforting, most people's biggest vices are booze and sweets. For those times when you can't decide between the two — such as after a bad breakup or a particularly harrowing day at work — just blend 'em together in a wine milkshake.

What is a wine milkshake, you ask? It's a magical (yet simple) concoction that we first tried at Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas this summer, which blends great red wine with homemade vanilla ice cream for a perfectly balanced way to end a meal. Their classic off-menu drink is great as-is, but we couldn't help but ask how you could improve it and switch things up, like adding chocolate or hard liquor.

Check out Chef Phillip Brown's tips and tricks below, plus three more alcoholic frozen treats to try at home.

How to Make a Wine Milkshake

The recipe is not exact and is more about tasting as you go, but Chef Brown recommends 5 ounces of wine for every six big scoops of vanilla ice cream (like Alton Brown's serious recipe here). They use their own private-label wine — Eleven Ten Cabernet Sauvignon, “Wildcatter," Spring Mountain, 2009 — but you can sub in any Cab at home. Brown and his wife, Vince Young's co-owner Laura (who invented the shake), have found that is the best red for the boozy shake.

Shaking Things Up with Other Flavors

Not a red wine fan? Mix up a Vanilla Ice, which is made with ice wine and vanilla ice cream, and maybe add a little chocolate sauce — try this recipe from Emeril Lagasse. For even more flavor (and a lot more alcohol content), make an Austin Italian, a combination of pistachio ice cream, amaretto and maraschino liqueur.

Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark's boozy Arnold Palmer shaved ice is a total hole in one. There isn't any tea in their recipe, but there is plenty of bourbon and limoncello.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

All of the classic margarita ingredients are in these ice pops, plus the bright and fruity addition of fresh strawberries. The only way to make Tyler Florence's recipe better is by dunking the pops in a cocktail.

Transport yourself to a nice fall day in the middle of summer with a little canned pumpkin, maple syrup and plenty of bourbon blended with vanilla ice cream.

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