Caramel Beershake - The Surznick Common Room

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Caramel Beershake

What's better than ice cream? Beer. What's better than beer? Ice cream. (Sarah has informed me that this doesn't make sense, but I don't care). What's better than that? Beer and ice cream! Sarah and I are always looking for new and interesting beer varieties to pick up and try, but once our budget started tightening up, we decided to skip on buying more beer and started looking for creative ways to mix up what we already had. One day, we stumbled upon someone online making a Samuel Adams OctoberFest Milkshake, and we decided to try it! Let me tell you: pure. deliciousness. For this recipe, all we did was sub out the OctoberFest, and used what we had on hand: Sierra Nevada Tumbler (a fantastic autumn brown ale)!

Here's what you need to make it:

- Caramel syrup
- Vanilla extract
- Vanilla ice cream
- A bottle of beer

Luckily for us, we have one of these handy-dandy-single-serving-magic-bullet-type blenders that is perfect for smoothies, milkshakes, etc.

This is where the recipe goes pretty much full improvisation. I like to fill up my blending cup to the top with ice cream, and fill it in with as much beer that I can fit in the cup. I then put in about 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract, and "some" caramel syrup (it's all up to you). After I blend it the first time and the ingredients reduce in the glass, I repeat: more ice cream, more beer, more syrup, skip the vanilla extract (a little goes a long way).

That's it! Depending on whether you want more of your beer flavor to come through, or if you want it sweeter will depend on how you mix up this recipe.

This super delicious treat is also super customizable. What kind of beer do you think would be good in a milkshake? Share your thoughts with us!



  1. Mmmmm.. I'm gonna try this with a St. Arnold's Christmas Ale and sprinkle some cinnamon on top! Can't wait to try it!

    1. That sounds delicious! We're working on brewing a Christmas ale right now, so we'll definitely have to try that once it's finished.