In addition to regular ol’ beer tasting, sipping and overall indulgence while in Kalamazoo last weekend, we drank our desserts, too. I’ve been meaning to try this recipe out for a while, and so in the grand tradition of celebrating newborn babies with a toast (right?), we happily welcomed our newest family member with milkshakes – porter milkshakes!

As you can imagine, it was so yummy (and easy peasy) that Scott and I brought the new, um, tradition back home with us, and we indulged even more for a Sunday-fun-day treat. I’ve got a feeling this’ll be a summer staple. Here’s the scoop (ha!):

6-8 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 bottle of your favorite porter
dash of cinnamon

Blend ice cream and porter, adding more or less ice cream depending on how thick you like your shakes. Pour into your favorite glasses, add a sprinkle of cinnamon, and drink up! Serves 2.

We indulged in Founders while in Kazoo, but switched it up to Bell’s the next day. Of course, each porter offered it’s own subtle differences (I preferred Bell’s, whereas Scott would stick to Founder’s), so have fun and mix it up until you’ve found your favorite.

When it comes to desserts, the easier the better – because while I fantasize over the romantic ideas of triple layer cakes and strudels, I’ve yet to find the time as often as I’d like! (And let’s be honest, if ever) – and it doesn’t get more simple than this. Now, can you imagine the happy-overload if you swapped in coffee ice cream? Or added a squeeze of chocolate syrup?

What are your favorite warm weather treats? I could stand to add a few more under my belt, spoiling not just Scott, but this girl, too.

14 replies on “Porter Shakes”

  1. Um..Yum! Guess I know what we’ll be mixing up this weekend as we put some decor into our newly painted office!

    Oh, and if the itch becomes too strong, feel free to come to Erie and decorate/DIY to your heart’s desire =)

  2. THIS SOUNDS AMAZING. May I suggest that you try it with the Left Hand Milk Stout? It is already milkshakey as it is, I bet it would be perfect.

    I have been wanting to do a mini Michigan brewery trip- so many good ones to choose from but Founder’s is definitely at the top of my list.

  3. Sarge, I actually picked up the Left Hand Milk Stout to use for a shake down the road, but it became too delicious to resist – and I drank it straight from the bottle. It was just so tempting hanging out in the fridge. Waiting.

  4. Oh – this is DEFINITELY happening :) Greg (the boyfriend) and I are huge fanatics of Founders…especially their porter. YUM!! I know what I’m having for dessert tonight :)

  5. Okay… now to figure out a viable vegan version. Ice Cream is my weakness. :-(

  6. I made this last weekend using Left Hand Milk Stout after seeing your post and it was AMAZING. What an awesome idea!! And also just noticed that others suggested milk stout too, haha. Thanks so much for posting! I’ve also loved so much of your home decor over the months (and originally came here after seeing your house tour on Apartment Therapy awhile ago). Thanks for the inspiration!

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