X

Drunk Rudolph Milkshake

This post may contain affiliate links meaning if you buy from them, I will make a few pennies, at no cost to you. See disclosure here.

Decorate your spiked milkshake with whipped topping and Rudolph’s face this holiday season! This Drunk Rudolph Milkshake is an adorably festive, thick, and creamy cocktail and couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is vanilla ice cream, 3 kinds of liqueur, and a hot chocolate mix!

two boozy drunk rudolph milkshakes.

Rudolph Cocktail

This drunken Rudolph milkshake is such a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit. Pun intended. Gone are the days when the fun and festive drinks with little reindeer faces are just for the kids!

This milkshake has vanilla ice cream and combines Kahlua, RumChata, and chocolate liqueur into a thick, creamy shake. It’s then topped with a whipped topping, maraschino cherries for the red nose, a pair of candy eyes, and rosemary antlers.

This decorative, boozy, holiday beverage is an adult version of a creamy milkshake. It is the perfect signature drink!

Whip this up in just 5 minutes and have some extra fun while you sip and wrap gifts by the fire. You can serve it at parties, while you’re watching Christmas movies, or just enjoy a bit of indulgence at the end of a long day. Who says it always has to be hot chocolate?!

However and whenever you enjoy yours responsibly, you’re going to love it!

Why you’ll love this Drunk Rudolph Milkshake Recipe

Festive holiday cocktail – There’s no denying this is a showstopper! The little reindeer face can be left off if preferred and just served in festive mugs, but it does add character to the holiday cheer!

Easy recipe – With just 5 minutes and a blender, you can whip up enough to serve up to 4 people. Easily double or triple the batch for more.

Customizable – This recipe isn’t written in stone. Make yours just the way you like it. Change the consistency, use different flavored liqueurs, and you could even swap the vanilla ice cream for chocolate if you wanted!

milkshake topped with candy eyeballs, cherry, and straw antlers.

Equipment you’ll need

Ingredients for a Drunk Rudolph Milkshake

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

  • VANILLA ICE CREAM – Just plain and simple vanilla ice cream. Use what you’ve got or run out and pick up your favorite. French vanilla, vanilla bean, or just vanilla will all be great.
  • KAHLUA– A creamy, dreamy, coffee liqueur.
  • RUM CHATA – This is also a creamy liqueur with an undertone of sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. So good!
  • CHOCOLATE LIQUEUR – We love Godiva’s dark chocolate liqueur in this recipe, but use whatever kind you like.
  • HOT CHOCOLATE MIX – A dry mix that turns into a chocolate drink when combined with a liquid. It won’t be a hot chocolate this time around because there’s no hot water, but it adds a rich chocolatey element either way.
  • GARNISH – I used whipped cream as a decadent topping to the drink, but it also acts as a way to hold up the face! I added a maraschino cherry for the nose, a pair of candy eyes, gold straws, and sprigs of rosemary for the antlers.
overhead shot of labeled ingredients laid out to make drunk rudolph milkshakes.

How to make Drunk Rudolph Milkshake

  1. STEP ONE: Place the ice cream, all 3 liqueurs, and hot chocolate mix into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. STEP TWO: Grab your glasses and divide the milkshake evenly into each one. I like to use tall glasses as shown, but mason jars would also be cute.  
  3. STEP THREE: Top with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry nose, candy eyes, and two straws to hold the antlers.
  4. STEP FOUR: Then, finish off your drunk Rudolph milkshake with a sprig of rosemary in each straw. Enjoy immediately!
collage of 4 photos showing the process of making a milkshake in a blender.

What to serve with this cocktail

Depending on how thick your drunk Rudolph milkshake is, you may want to provide everyone with spoons! The straws are cute and all, but you may need some backup.

If you’re setting up a bar at your next holiday gathering, you might want some more festive cocktails, I highly recommend including these yummy cranberry prosecco spritzers or Christmas morning cocktail mimosas which are generally reserved for brunch, but what’s a party without them?

Of course, you have to have some treats too right? Serve up some reindeer sugar cookieschocolate shortbread cookies, or a slice of this delicious hot chocolate poke cake.

Possible Substitutions/Additions

  • For extra frost, chill your glasses first. It’ll keep your drunk Rudolph milkshake cold just a bit longer.
  • Swap the vanilla ice cream for chocolate ice cream. You can omit the hot chocolate mix in this case, if preferred. You can also keep it for extra chocolatey goodness.
  • This makes a thicker milkshake. If you like it thinner, you can add more alcohol or whole milk to the mix.
  • If you don’t like one of the liquors in this, you can sub more of the one you like.
  • Use your favorite whipped cream recipe or top it with canned or even whipped topping.
  • Keep the idea for Rudolph’s face for all your drinks this season. Top your hot chocolate, smoothies, and your fancy frappuccino!
  • Additional garnishes could include a candy cane, cinnamon sticks, or even chocolate sauce.

How to store it

This cannot be a make-ahead recipe due to the ice cream melting. You want to make it just before serving.

Can I freeze it?

If there is any of this drunk Rudolph milkshake left, you can keep it in the freezer. Once you’re ready to enjoy it again, blend it once more.

pouring a milkshake into a glass.

FAQs

Can I make a non-alcoholic version?

The flavor of the liquor is what stands out in this recipe, otherwise, it’s blended ice cream! To give it the Kahlua effect, you could add about 3 times more hot cocoa mix and 1/2 cup of coffee. If it’s for the kids, use ice cream, hot cocoa mix, and milk instead!

What other liqueurs can I add?

Other yummy liquors to add are Baileys Irish Cream, Vodka (vanilla, whipped, or caramel), white chocolate liquor, spiced rum, regular light or dark rum, and fireball cinnamon whiskey.

Can I make this dairy free?

I haven’t tried it, but by all means, let me know if it works. If you can find a good vegan vanilla ice cream you like that has a flavor that won’t overpower anything, a vegan whipped topping, and stay away from any of the creamy liqueurs, you could very well have a dairy-free version.

Need more adult drink recipes? Try these:

Berry Sangria Recipe

Ranch Water Cocktail (a Tequila drink)

Fuzzy Navel Cocktails

Click here for my entire collection of Fall Cocktail Recipes.

More Christmas drink recipes

Boozy Grinch Milkshakes

Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer

Butterscotch Schnapps Spiked Hot Chocolate

drunken rudolph milkshake in tall glass.

Connect with Persnickety Plates!

Follow along on my social media so you never miss a post!

I made a fun group on Facebook for sharing recipes, asking questions, and talking about food. I’d love to have you! Request to join HERE.


Also, sign up to receive an email in your inbox for each new recipe:

FREE EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION & EBOOK

If you MAKE & LOVE this recipe, share it on Instagram and tag me @melissa_pplates and/or #persnicketyplates so I can see it. I LOVE seeing what you make & I’ll share it in my stories!

It is VERY HELPFUL to me and other readers if you leave a review after you make my recipe. Please come back & let me know how it turned out!

two boozy drunk rudolph milkshakes.

Drunk Rudolph Milkshake

Melissa Williams
Decorate your spiked milkshake with whipped topping and Rudolph’s face this holiday season! This Drunk Rudolph Milkshake is an adorably festive, thick, and creamy cocktail and couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is vanilla ice cream, 3 kinds of liqueur, and a hot chocolate mix!
No ratings yet
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 815 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 quarts vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup Kahlua
  • ¼ cup RumChata
  • ¼ cup chocolate liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons hot chocolate mix
  • whipped cream garnish
  • maraschino cherries garnish
  • Candy eyes
  • colorful straws
  • rosemary sprigs garnish

Instructions
 

  • Place the ice cream, Kahlua, RumChata, chocolate liqueur, and hot chocolate mix into a blender.
  • Blend until smooth. Pour milkshake into glasses.
  • Top with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry nose, candy eyes, and two straws for antlers.
  • Place a sprig of rosemary into each straw.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • This makes a thicker milkshake. If you like it thinner, you can add more of the alcohol to the mix or milk.
  • Use your favorite whipped cream recipe or top it with canned or even whipped topping.
  • If you don’t like one of the liquors in this, you can sub more of one you like. Other yummy liquors to add: Baileys Irish Cream, Vodka (flavors, vanilla, whipped, or caramel), white chocolate liquor, spiced rum, regular light or dark rum, fireball. We love Godiva’s dark chocolate liquor in this recipe, but use whatever chocolate liquor you like.
  • This cannot be a make-ahead recipe due to the ice cream melting. If there are any leftovers, store in the freezer, you may need to blend it again to combine.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 815kcalCarbohydrates: 96gProtein: 13gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 349mgPotassium: 706mgFiber: 3gSugar: 87gVitamin A: 1495IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 462mgIron: 0.5mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Tried this recipe? Tag me!Mention @melissa_pplates or tag #persnicketyplates!

Sharing of this recipe is both encouraged and appreciated. Copying/pasting and/or screenshots of full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited. Content and photographs are copyright protected.

Reader Interactions

Share Your Thoughts

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Melissa Williams/Persnickety Plates is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. For more details, please see my Privacy Policy & Disclosures page.

Simple Share Buttons