Did you hear that? It is a firecracker, whistling and sizzling through the air, slicing into the summer night sky and then suddenly, a loud pop and a flash of light remind me that the 4th of July is here. Independence Day – the day where we no longer wax nostalgic for the days gone by and instead, partake in a celebration of all things Americana. Time seems to slow, maybe even reverse a bit, as we watch the classic cars and firetrucks parade down Main Street, USA as flags of red, white and blue ripple in the sun. In backyards, parks and campgrounds, you’ll find apple pie, hot dogs on the grill, watermelon, lemonade and maybe even a cake proudly bearing the American flag via blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream. And when the sun sets and fireworks begin to light up the night sky, flames from campfires dance in the dark, tickling the skewered marshmallows perched just out of reach of the fire.
While I won’t delve into the debate of golden brown toasted marshmallow versus blackened crispy marshmallow, I think at the very least we can all agree that they are delicious. There’s something about the crusty outer shell and the gooey, melted interior that begs for sticky fingers to be licked. When perched on top of a melting chocolate bar and sandwiched between crispy graham crackers, a seemingly ordinary marshmallow is elevated to new heights.
There is certainly a time for embracing the traditional, but there’s something to be said for turning the volume way up on our tried-and-true favorites. I discovered this about a year ago when visiting Kansas City. A classic vanilla shake was offered with a twist – vanilla-infused cognac had been blended into the frosty beverage. What’s that you say?! An adult milkshake? Yes, it is likely the best invention known to man. Here, you can have your cake and drink it, too. Immediately, I latched on to the idea.
Speed forward a year, and I stumbled across Gourmet’s recipe for a toasted marshmallow milkshake. Toasted marshmallows? Good. Milkshake? Good. Toasted Marshmallow Adult Milkshake? Good… S’mores Adult Milkshake? GOOD! This’ll light your fireworks, friends!
adult milkshake: s’mores
adapted from: Gourmet
½ c. vanilla-infused cognac, such as Navan, or make your own*
1.5 quart vanilla ice cream
16-20 marshmallows, evenly toasted to dark golden brown
2 graham crackers, finely crushed
Combine cognac, vanilla ice cream, and toasted marshmallows in a blender. Carefully blend just until ice cream begins to stick to sides of the blender and a hole starts to form in the center. Continued blending will melt the ice cream and thin the consistency of the shake. Drizzle about 1 Tbsp. chocolate syrup around the inside of a glass. Pour about 1 c. milkshake mixture into glass. Repeat with remaining glasses. Top with about 1 Tbsp. crushed graham crackers. Serve immediately.
*To make your own vanilla cognac, split a vanilla bean in half. Scrape the seeds out from the bean and place seeds and bean halves into a 375 mL bottle of a cognac of your choice. Let steep for at least 1 day and up to several months. Vanilla flavor will intensify with age. (Increase to two vanilla beans if using a 750 mL bottle)
I promise this won’t be the last adult milkshake you see on jb’s pour house! Happy 4th of July, and happy milkshake making!
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