National Ice Cream Day tends to take an alcoholic turn once you reach adulthood. You were first introduced to boozy ice cream by way of wine ice cream recipes and have been experimenting with making your own brown sugar bourbon ice cream ever since. That means it’s time to take things up a notch with outrageous spiked sundaes and shakes that will take your ice cream eating (and drinking) experience over the top. Scroll down for 16 creamy, tipsy and chilly milkshakes and sundaes that will *definitely* make your National Ice Cream Day (or any day) one to remember.


1. Boozy Coconut Hot Fudge Milkshakes: These are NOT the hot fudge sundaes of your childhood summers. They’re made with coconut ice cream and coconut rum, so the flavor is reminiscent of a chocolatey piña colada. (via West Elm)

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2. Boozy Blond Brownie Sundae: The booze in this sundae comes not from the ice cream or caramel, but the bourbon-infused blondies with bourbon icing. They’re delicious on their own but even better in a gooey sundae. (via Crazy for Cookies and More)


3. Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Milkshake: Why choose between booze and chocolate after a long, hard day? This bourbon-spiked milkshake has the best of both worlds, offering bourbon and gourmet cocoa. Adding malted milk powder gives it an old-school flavor you’ll love. (via Honey and Birch)


4. Mini Chocolate Stout Brownie Sundae Floats With Burnt Irish Caramel and Hot Fudge: This sundae is the epitome of “go big or go home.” Even though it’s in a small package, it packs a major flavor punch. Fudgy stout brownies serve as the base, followed by layers of Irish whiskey caramel, Irish cream fudge sauce and vanilla ice cream. Top everything with more Guinness and devour sloooowly. (via Half Baked Harvest)


5. Chocolate Toasted Coconut Boozy Sundae: If you’re looking for an impressive sundae that’s simple but made totally from scratch, this one will rock your world. The rich chocolate flavor comes from chocolate liqueur, and is a perfect match for the lightly toasted coconut flakes. (via Style Me Pretty)


6. Salted Coffee and Kahlua Milkshakes: Cold brew coffee and Kahlua can solve any problem life throws at you. Pour the two over vanilla ice cream and your troubles will literally melt away. (via Brit + Co)

7. Crispy Croissant Sundaes With Red Wine Hot Fudge: If you’re looking to add more texture to your sundae, croissants are where it’s at. The flaky, buttery layers are great for soaking up every last bit of melted ice cream at the bottom of your bowl. And red wine hot fudge? More beautiful words have never been spoken! (via How Sweet It Is)


8. Champagne Sundaes With Toasted Pound Cake Croutons: Pouring Champagne over fruity sorbet gives a mimosa-like taste sensation that is so refreshing. Make these for dessert after a summer brunch party and your guests won’t know what to do with themselves. (via Dessert for Two)


9. Grand Marnier Strawberry Sundaes: Macerating strawberries in Grand Marnier brings out their sweet flavor and natural juices, which serve as a great ice cream topping. Sprinkle with orange zest to echo the flavor in the liqueur and tie everything together. (via Saveur)


10. Burnt Peach and Bourbon Milkshakes: Caramelizing the summer stone fruit gives it a buttery and almost nutty taste. Pairing it with bourbon and vanilla ice cream is a great way to highlight the flavor without being too overpowering. (via Baker by Nature)

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11. Irish Coffee Sundaes: Good quality coffee ice cream is the (not-so-) secret ingredient in this Irish coffee sundae. Sure, the coffee nut crisp and Irish whiskey caramel are delicious, but come on… it’s coffee. (via Epicurious)


12. Boozy Lucky Charms Cereal Milkshakes With Marshmallow Frosting: Sometimes you just want to take your favorite kid cereal and turn it into something not so kid-friendly. Now, get to picking out all of the marshmallows from that box of Lucky Charms. (via How Sweet It Is)

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13. Boozy Roasted Strawberry and Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae With Coconut Hot Fudge Sauce: There’s a time for subtlety, but sundae making isn’t one of them. This roasted strawberry sundae is SO over the top, you’re going to need a giant glass to fit it in. (via Heather Christo)


14. Cherry Bourbon and Raspberry Vodka Ice Cream Sundae With Coconut Cream and Hot Fudge Sauce: Raspberry vodka isn’t just for your jello shots anymore. Surprisingly, it’s a great boozy flavoring for ice cream! Scooped beside classic cherry bourbon ice cream, it makes for a sundae duo that doesn’t mess around. (via Papillon)


15. Vegan Coconut Rum Hot Fudge Sundaes With Sugared Pecans: A splash of coconut rum makes vegan ice cream slightly creamier and adds a touch of the tropics to your dessert. Definitely make the sugared pecans for topping, but try not to eat them all before they make it to the sundae. (via The Pretty Bee)


16. Vodka Root Beer Floats With Coconut Ice Cream: When you’re really wanting to treat yo’self, this trifecta of ice cream, root beer and vodka is the way to go. Whether you make your own ice cream or use store-bought, this treat will definitely float your boat. (via Minimalist Baker)

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