Shake it up
These milkshakes feature a squirt of imagination, a dash of creativity, and plenty of sweet treats
Nothing quite beats South Florida’s summer heat more than milkshake overload.
Carnivalesque shakes are a summertime trend at restaurants across Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, with bakeries, ice cream parlors and burger joints adding over-the-top ingredients to these notoriously sugary drinks.
“It’s a nice way to take a break from having a beach body all the time,” explains Danny Serfer, who owns two Mignonette seafood restaurants in Miami and North Miami Beach. “Take a break. Have a milkshake.”
Good advice. Cool off and indulge your sweet tooth with this list of decadent milkshakes.
Death Before Chocolate CakeShake
Cupcake Galleria, 6947 Stirling Road, Davie; and Westfield Broward Mall, 8000 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation (location opens Sunday); 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon Sunday; 844-522-5379 or TheCupcakeGalleria.com
Fourteen cupcake flavors, from chocolate Nutella to vanilla buttercream, pack the menu at this Davie-based boutique cupcakery, founded in 2015 by former police officer Charli Flanders and her husband, Dwayne. But the truly indulgent should conquer the CakeShake, a creamy vanilla milkshake crowned with a cupcake. We suggest the Death Before Chocolate CakeShake, topped with an Oreo cookie, a marshmallow and an avalanche of hot fudge flowing down the side.
Brgr Stop, 4301 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday; 954-975-8459 or BrgrStop.com
A milkshake blended from milk, ice cream and highfructose cereal is hardly surprising for a restaurant whose wallpaper decor includes metal traffic signs, but the nostalgic shakes at Brgr Stop are better than breakfast. Fruity Pebbles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch are personal favorites, best paired with one of the gastropub’s burgers. Noncereal shakes beckon, as well, including Little Debbie Cupcake, Coconut Samoa and Birthday Cake.
The Foxy Brown, 723 E Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; 754-200-4236 or MyFoxyBrown.com
The love child of a wine cocktail and a milkshake, the spiked shakes at the Foxy Brown come in two varieties: Creamy Vanilla Latte and Espresso Macchiato. Both vanilla milkshakes are punched with a wine-based liqueur and topped with whipped cream, an ideal pairing for a Saturday brunch of the restaurant’s hearty Belgian waffles.
Campfire S’mores milkshake
Relish and More, 1930 NEFifth Ave., Boca Raton and 401
Although this comfort-foot spot boasts 26 burger combinations, the over-the-top option is the restaurant’s 18 milkshake flavors, including Mississippi Mud Pie, Hostess cupcake and Nutter Butter. Relish’s flavor of the month for August is Campfire S’mores, a vanilla shake topped with whipped cream and a marshmallow glazed with milk and dark chocolate. Order it with Relish’s $10 burger-and-a-side deal every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to close.
The Cookie Dough milkshake
This fast-casual burger chain, with locations at the Sawgrass Mills and Town Center at Boca Raton malls, offers 11 milkshake flavors, including Butterfinger, banana royale and strawberry cheesecake. But we’re jonesing for this month’s cookie dough special, a vanilla shake topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, vanilla paste and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough.
The Golden milkshake
Behold this heart attack in a Mason jar: A Nutella shake smeared with hazelnut spread around the rim of the glass, the Golden includes a Nutella brownie and raspberries. A bonbon tops the shake and is filled with Nutella Brigadeiro and gold dust.
Bacon Cheeseburger milkshake
It’s like a malt shop in a glass: a strawberry milkshake topped with whipped cream, salted pretzels and a bacon cheeseburger slider, perched on the rim like a jaunty hat. The mug itself is coated with chocolate, broken M&Ms and more pretzel pieces. Milkshakes and burgers, after all, go together like Danny and Sandy from “Grease,” daddy-o.
The Golden Girls milkshake
The Bacon Cheeseburger milkshake at Sugar Factory on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach is like a malt shop in a glass. Northwood Road, West Palm Beach; various hours; 561-245-7169 (Boca) and 561-629-5377 (West Palm) or RelishAndMore.com Zinburger, 1800 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Suite 2460, Sunrise and 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton; various hours; 954-846-9360 (Sunrise) 561-393-3252 (Boca) or ZinburgerEast.com Bocas House, 10200 NW 25th St., No. 101, Doral; 2 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; and 1793 Bell Tower Lane, Weston; various hours; 786- 401-7071 ( Doral), 786-631-3739 (Coral Gables) and 954-533-6100 (Weston) or BocasHouse.com Sugar Factory, 1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach (inside the Hotel Victor), 647 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; various hours; 305-604-0323 (Ocean) and 305-674-6670 (Lincoln) or SugarFactory.com