How to make grown up milkshakes

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How cute are these little milk bottles!


I remember a very very long time ago we used to have 1 litre versions of these bottles and I was given the special job of putting the empty milk bottles outside our front door along with some money to pay for the next lot of milk. Then when the ‘milko’ would arrive I would collect the new bottles of milk that had coloured foil lids on them. I loathed the cream on that would settle at the top. If that landed on my cereal all hell would break loose!

So cruising around the shops before Christmas (yeah…I know a bit slack on the posts esp as this is from BEFORE Christmas!) and saw these little bottles. I was in one of those el cheapo stores that sell everything. From memory the bottles were $2.50 each. So I bought four of them with the intention of using them for serving cocktails in.

Obviously having had these type of bottles in my youth with wholesome fresh full cream milk in them I decided it was only natural to totally corrupt the purity of that memory and put milk based cocktails into the bottles for serving.

So I made adult only versions of chocolate & strawberry milkshakes and they were delicious. Making batches of these and serving them at a party would be great. After the party you could use these cute bottles as vases all grouped together.

chocolate milk cocktail

Harbour Tunnel recipe – taken from Legend Cocktails book

Serves 2
60mls Kahlua
60mls Crème de Cacao
60mls Baileys
240mls Milk
Milo – sprinkled on top

In a blender, combine the Kahlua, Crème de Cacao, Baileys, Milk, Cream & Ice. Give it a good whizz and pour into your glass or cute milk bottle and sprinkle the milo on top!

Milo for those outside of Australia (not sure if they sell it overseas) is a chocolate & malt flavoured powder that you mix with milk). If you can’t use Milo you could use Nesquick.

Strawberry milk cocktail

Angel – taken from Family Circle Fantastic Cocktails
Serves 2
60mls Baileys
40mls Cointreau
40mls Strawberry Liqueur
60mls Pineapple juice
30ml Cream
8 Strawberries

In a blender, combine the Baileys, Cointreau, Strawberry liqueur, pineapple juice, cream (From memory when I made this cocktail I didn’t have cream so used milk and the drink still tasted nice!.) strawberries and ice. Blend them well until the strawberries are pureed and pour into your glass and serve. You could garnish it with some strawberries.

I also picked up these cute striped straws which are sold everywhere now. Of course these drinks are for grown-ups only so please don’t be tempted to treat your kids to a fancy chocolate or strawberry milkshake.



Friday night cocktails – Espresso Martini

Nespresso Martini / Espresso Martini

Call it what you want. I call it Nespresso Martini because – yep, I have a Nespresso machine & I popped my pod into the machine & RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR fresh coffee.

I used about 3 pods of coffee, not really sure how much I would need for this recipe so figured that should suffice (for the record, I didn’t need that much but I am hosting a party tomorrow night so it should come in handy!!). I read a few recipes online but decided to wing it and see what happens.

This is the result.


I enjoyed my version of an espresso martini, although it was probably a touch too sweet so adjust the amounts listed below to suit your own taste. This is super easy to make, I spent more time cleaning the kitchen than actually making it.

I must also point out that the crema at the top of the espresso martini – a must. I guess it’s supposed to look like an espresso but an alcoholic version. I have a smoothie blender type device so I kinda cheated and rather than shake the hell outta that shaker I blitzed it to bits (with a bit of ice to help cool it) and then added it to my cocktail shaker to cool it even more without diluting any further.

Then I strained it into my martini glass and sipped until it was all done. You can garnish this with some coffee beans or chocolate covered coffee beans. I had none so I just grated some dark chocolate on top.

Delicious, just remember it’s got caffeine in it. So if you are thinking of heading to bed early – don’t have an espresso martini. This drink is a perfect pick me up when you are tired & you HAVE to be out for the night, trust me!

A note on the sugar syrup in this recipe – equal parts caster sugar & water, in a saucepan over high heat until the sugar is dissolved. You can let it boil for another 5mins or so and then remove off the heat to let it cool. You don’t want toffee.


Nespresso Martini / Espresso Martini – my version!

Serves 2

60ml Vanilla flavoured vodka (you could use plain old standard vodka)
30ml Crème de Cacao White
30ml Espresso coffee (cold)
30ml Sugar syrup (equal parts sugar + water boiled & cooled see above)


Combine all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker or blender. Add a few ice cubes and blend until all combined. Add additional ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and then pour your combined espresso mix over the ice to assist in making it even colder.

Strain into martini glasses and add coffee beans or shaved chocolate & enjoy but remember you have to go to bed tonight so try & have this early in the night.