Gingerbread Milkshake

Mmmmmm, who doesn’t love a good milkshake?  And a gingerbread flavored one to boot?   When my local custard shop, Theron’s Frozen Custard, asked me to develop a holiday themed milkshake (which they call a concrete because the custard is so thick!) I immediately thought of gingerbread.  Who doesn’t love gingerbread?  It is such a universal flavor that screams Christmas.


You start by making a gingerbread flavored simple syrup.


All the whole spices are so pretty! I tried making this syrup with ground spices and I don’t recommend it.  It took on some weird consistency almost like raw egg whites.  Very strange.

Then just add in some store bought gingersnaps (or homemade) and vanilla ice cream and there you have it!


Garnish with some whipped cream and whole gingersnap.  These are pretty awesome.

Thanks for asking me to do this Theron’s!  It was fun!

Gingerbread Milkshake
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Gingerbread Milkshake
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 inch piece of ginger, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves
  • 10 allspice berries
  • vanilla ice cream or custard
  • gingerbread cookies
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  1. For the gingerbread syrup: place the water, sugar, ginger, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, and cloves in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil and cook until all of the sugar is dissolved.  Let cool and then transfer to a container.  Keep the extra in the fridge.
  2. Place 2 oz (1/4 cup) of the gingerbread simple syrup in a blender with 3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream and 3 gingersnap cookies.  Blend.  Thin with milk if needed.
  3. Pour into a serving glass and top with whipped cream and a whole gingersnap cookie.
  4. Eat!

You will have a lot of simple syrup left over.

Might I suggest:

~more milkshakes!

~gingerbread flavored hot chocolate or coffee

~add to your favorite pancake or waffle batter

~add to muffin batter for a holiday kick

~make Italian Sodas with the gingerbread syrup, some cream, and club soda.

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