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Blackberry Basil Belgian Ale Milkshake

Blackberry Basil Belgian Ale Milkshake

I’m going to confess to you the least foodie thing I’ve ever done.

A few years ago I was in Spain, I’d missed my flight out of Madrid because of an ill-timed visit to the Prado, some churros, and a bullfighting poster and I was stuck for an indefinite amount of time. I wanted some comfort food.

Blackberry Basil Belgian Ale Milkshake

I wanted something familiar to help me deal with the fact that I was stuck half way across the world, dealing with an airline that was refusing to help, and all the budget hotels and hostels were sold out for the night. So I went to McDonald’s.

I was in one of the most culinary rich countries in the world and I went right past all those great markets and family run cafes right to the American capital of sub-mediocre food to order a milkshake and some french fries.

And it worked. It was bland, and salty and creamy and reminded me of my processed food childhood and made me feel like everything was going to be OK. I’m not proud of myself, I could have had cured meats and cheese and fresh bread.

But I don’t care. Sometimes, you just need a milkshake.

Blackberry Basil Belgian Ale Milkshake


Blackberry Basil Belgian Ale Milkshake

Servings 2 servings


  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup belgain ale
  • 5 leaves basil chopped
  • 1 cup blackberries


  • Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.


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Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness June 16, 2014 um 3:38 am

You’re SO right – sometimes you just need a milkshake.
And, I am obsessed with the fact that this recipe has 1 step…1 step to heaven in a cup.! Pinned!


Happy Valley Chow June 16, 2014 um 5:11 am

Couldn’t agree more! That’s just like my most recent post with my Strawberry Milkshake! More than anything on the McDonalds menu…sometimes you just need a McDonalds Milkshake haha. Another fantastic recipe for sure!

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow


Sophia @ NY Foodgasm June 16, 2014 um 7:43 am

LOVE this flavor combo and I think the Beligian’s sweet flavor will lend nicely to both the berries and the basil- YUM!


Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel June 16, 2014 um 7:48 am

A single step separates me from being woefully milkshakeless to happily drinking an ale-y shake — and I am SO taking that step. Pinned!


Averie @ Averie Cooks June 16, 2014 um 10:20 am

The color is so gorgeous! I’d love a big sip of this! pinned


Tara June 16, 2014 um 7:20 pm

I would like to try this but am wondering about the flavour notes of the Belgian beer? Is there another more domestic beer that can be used? Thanks!


Jackie June 16, 2014 um 7:42 pm

You can sub in any beer, I’d stay away from anything too hoppy (tripple IPAs) or anything dark (stouts, porters). But a pale lager or pale ale would work just fine.


Tara June 17, 2014 um 10:44 am

Thanks! Just tried it with a lager… Very good! However I am not a fan of the seeds left from blackberries… Going to try blueberries next.


Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen June 16, 2014 um 9:08 pm

Looks like the perfect remedy to me. Yes, sometimes one just needs a milkshake. A milkshake with beer? Even better!


addie | culicurious June 18, 2014 um 10:18 am

what a delicious looking and creative idea for a milkshake, Jackie. Yum! Gonna make one (or 10) of these for sure.


Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky January 17, 2018 um 3:45 am

Gorgeous pictures. I made this blackberry basil belgian ale ice-cream for the super bowl party and it was a crowd favorite. I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing, Jackie!


Jackie January 17, 2018 um 3:12 pm

Thank you, Jill!


Bella Hardy May 10, 2018 um 3:57 am

Beautiful pictures. I made these blackberry basil belgian ale ice-cream. It is very decadent, and the people in my office are happy today! Thanks, Jackie for sharing!


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