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

Yield: 2 servings


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


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
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13 thoughts on “Blackberry Basil Belgian Ale Milkshake

  1. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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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