The Frozen Turkey Cocktail

Frozen Turkey cocktail milkshake

The Frozen Turkey is a delicious dessert cocktail for Thanksgiving and beyond ~ this spiked ice cream milkshake made with Wild Turkey bourbon and amaretto is guaranteed to become a new holiday tradition.

Pouring a Frozen Turkey Cocktail into a glass

The Frozen Turkey is a dessert cocktail for the adults at the table!

Let the kids have at the pies, this bourbon and amaretto laced butter pecan ice cream concoction is where it’s at. Reserve plenty of real estate on the holiday dessert table for this, I’m telling you, it’s going to be a huge hit. It’s dessert and after dinner cocktail rolled into one delicious frozen treat. Oh, and it takes just a few seconds to make…your holidays just got a whole lot sweeter!

scooping ice cream for the Frozen Turkey Cocktail

what you’ll need to make a Frozen Turkey cocktail

  • Butter Pecan Ice Cream ~ use your favorite brand, I’m partial to Häagen-Dazs.
  • Bourbon ~ Wild Turkey of course.
  • Amaretto
ingredients for the Frozen Turkey Cocktail

it’s the winterized version of my favorite summer drink, the Hummer

This one gets dressed up with a quick drizzle of caramel sauce for the holidays. It’s sensational, but I don’t think I really even have to bother to try to describe the flavors and the textures of this, do I? I think you can imagine it just fine on your own…somehow it’s warm and cozy even though it’s frozen ~ go figure!

Scooping ice cream into a blender for a Frozen Turkey Cocktail

how to make a Frozen Turkey Cocktail

Scoop a pint (or 2, depending on how many are joining you) of butter pecan ice cream into a blender. No need to soften the ice cream first, since it’s going to be blended.

making a Frozen Turkey Cocktail

Add the bourbon and amaretto to the blender. You can make this as mild or as strong as you like, but I add an ounce of each per pint of ice cream. No judgement here if you want to go with more, this is a cocktail, after all!

Opening a bottle of Amaretto

Now blend until combined!

pouring a frozen turkey cocktail from the blender into a glass

finish your Frozen Turkey with a drizzle of caramel sauce

You can buy it readymade, but really, this is such a cinch to make. The caramel sauce gets nice and chewy when it hits the cold ice cream and makes the best topping. Give everybody a spoon with their cocktail glass and stand back. You won’t hear any complaints.

drizzling caramel sauce on a Frozen Turkey Cocktail
A frozen turkey cocktail in a cocktail glass
Frozen Turkey cocktail milkshake
4.59 from 17 votes

The Frozen Turkey Cocktail

The Frozen Turkey is an adult cocktail of epic proportions, your holidays are never going to be the same, trust me!  This spiked ice cream milkshake is guaranteed to become a new holiday tradition.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Calories 450kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • blender


  • I pint container Häagen-Dazs butter pecan ice cream
  • 1 oz Wild Turkey bourbon
  • 1 oz Amaretto

caramel sauce

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter


  • Make the caramel sauce by mixing the sugar, cream, butter and salt in a saucepan and heating to a simmer. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Continue to boil for about 3 full mintues. Be careful not to let the mixture boil over, as it will foam up in the pan.
  • Pour the mixture into a heat safe jar, and let cool. It will thicken as it cools.
  • For the cocktail, scoop the the ice cream into a blender, along with the bourbon and the amaretto. Blend until it reaches your desired texture. I like my cocktail to be on the thick side.
  • Serve in cocktail glasses garnished with a drizzle of the sauce. Serve asap.
  • If you'd like to make this ahead, put the whole blender back in the freezer after blending and then give it a quick re-blend right before serving.

Cook’s notes

  • Experiment with other combinations of ice cream and liquor!


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 101mg | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 787IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    November 25, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    I made half the recipe for just the two of us—well half the pint of ice cream, accidentally did not halve the bourbon and amaretto. It was really good!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      November 26, 2021 at 8:01 am

      🙂 So glad you liked it Debbie!

  • Reply
    Di M.
    November 22, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Oh my goodness, this sounds sinful! I look forward to trying it. Thank you and Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Reply
    November 19, 2021 at 9:34 am

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and LOVED IT! All of the adults in my family are fans of bourbon. I can’t wait to make it for them for our holiday party!

  • Reply
    November 19, 2021 at 8:49 am

    5 stars
    I’m sold at anything with amaretto and this looks too good to pass up!

  • Reply
    November 19, 2021 at 8:46 am

    5 stars
    Looks really interesting! You git me with the amaretto! Will definitely try it!

  • Reply
    November 19, 2021 at 8:43 am

    5 stars
    Oh, wow! I love this! I am making my plans to share with the “big kids” at Thanksgiving this year. I think it will solidify my position as “favorite Aunt!” 🙂 Great recipe!

  • Reply
    Ana F.
    November 19, 2021 at 8:35 am

    5 stars
    I made a small batch to test it before thanksgiving and oh my! It is perfection!!! So delish and easy to make too. I can’t wait to serve it on Turkey day! THANKS for the recipe

  • Reply
    November 19, 2021 at 8:00 am

    5 stars
    Wow! I have never heard of a better name for a Thanksgiving recipe!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      November 19, 2021 at 8:03 am

      Haha, I’m pretty proud of it 😉

  • Reply
    November 19, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Hi Sue,
    What would be a good replacement for the Wild Turkey ?.I live in Canada and can’t buy it here. Thanks!

    • Reply
      November 19, 2018 at 6:59 am

      Any decent bourbon like Makers Mark will work great Mary, hope you enjoy yours 🙂

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