Quick and Easy Maker’s Shake

As bourbons go, I seem to like Maker’s Mark pretty well. It’s one of the few American whiskies to call their bourbon a “whisky” instead of “whiskey”. So, on a day when I let myself indulge a bit, I thought a Maker’s shake would be tasty!

Makers Shake Ingredients

I just took some vanilla ice cream, a bit of milk and a pour of Maker’s Mark, mixed it up in the blender, and poured it into, of course, an old-fashioned glass. Simple and delicious! While several Scotch whiskies could be used, this just seems to work well with bourbon.

How much of each? Well, just a bit of milk, meaning about a quarter cup. Ice cream to taste… The thicker you like your shake, the more ice cream. And the Maker’s? Also to taste. I used about 2 ounces for 2 servings, or I guess you could say 1 ounce per serving.

Ice Cream





About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.


  1. That sounds insanely good. I may have to try it next month while home.

  2. We’ve been doing this with bourbon and ice cream for years in my family. Another favorite is to drizzle a little bourbon over a couple of scoops of ice cream in a bowl. My favorite? Maker’s Mark drizzled over butter pecan ice cream. Oh, my! Lip smackin’ good! ;-)

    • Trisha,

      Maker’s and ice cream seem to do well. Jeni’s Ice Cream in Columbus makes what some (including me) think is the best made does a whiskey and pecan ice cream. It’s only problem is is needs a bit more whiskey!
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  3. rick winternheimer

    I like butter pecan ice cream w/ caramel bourbon sauce.

    • Rick,

      That sounds great, too. Jeni’s Ice Cream, out of Columbus, OH, makes what some consider the best ice cream in the country; they make a Whiskey Pecan flavor that’s very good, made with a local whiskey. The only complaint I have about it is that the whiskey needs to be upped a bit!
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  4. About 3 years ago or so I was able to buy a bourbon sampler kit with 4 small batch bourbons. I love blind taste tests and we had one with the four bourbons. I only remember the names of three of them — Bookers, Makers Mark and Knob Creek. Knob Creek rocked my palate in ways the others couldn’t/didn’t and I’ve had a huge love affair with it since. I’m working hard to find a single malt scotch to have a love affair with, too.

    • Kathy,

      I just find Scotch more complex, less corn-sweet. Bourbons and American Whiskeys have a narrower band of flavor profiles.

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