Boozy milk shakes cool down Las Vegas’s thirsty revelers.
The milk shake comes of age in Neapolitan Dot Dips.
During a hot Las Vegas summer, an ultrachilled milk shake with real ice cream—and a little something extra—is just what the doctor ordered. No longer confined to gloppy mudslides at Red Robin, boozy milk shakes have become a bona fide trend over the past couple of years. Bartenders are having fun with them, to be sure, but they’re also taking their time and applying the same high standards they do to their craft cocktails.
Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the festive adult ice cream shop that is the Neapolitan at Cosmopolitan (702-698-7000). A tiny, festive rooftop enclave alongside the boisterous and sexy Boulevard Pool, Neapolitan is dedicated to icy, alcohol-spiked goodness like Popsicles, liquid-nitrogen sorbets, and other molecularly manipulated treats. Its Spirited Shakes selections include the contemplative W.W.E.D.? (What Would Elvis Do?), a blend of peanut butter, banana, banana liqueur, bourbon, chocolate ice cream, and maple bacon sprinkles. Additional alcohol-infused toppings, like salted caramel with salted vodka, are also available.
Also inside Cosmopolitan, the family-friendly Holsteins Shakes and Buns (702- 698-7000) has a nice selection of grown-up shakes, including the surprisingly tasty Cereal Bowl, a mélange of ice cream, Stoli vanilla vodka, and, yes, Cap’n Crunch cereal.
Meanwhile, at Mirage, BLT Burger (702-792-7888) offers a wide range of spiked milk shakes and adult floats. Pair an I-80 burger (featuring barbecue sauce, sharp cheddar, and peppercorn-crusted bacon) with the sweet and strong Double Barrel float (Jack Daniel’s whiskey, root beer, and vanilla ice cream). For dessert, polish off a Night Rider, with Kahlua, chocolate ice cream, chocolate liqueur, and Oreo cookies.
But adult desserts aren’t just for the casual scene. At lunchtime, hit up the swanky bar at the New American-themed Botero, inside Encore (702-770-3463), and try one of its spiked shakes, with somewhat more refined flavors like bourbon salted caramel, café mocha, and toasted marshmallow. It’ll leave you with both a pleasant afternoon buzz and a satisfied sweet tooth.