The Frozen Turkey Adult Cocktail Milkshake

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

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The frozen turkey is an adult milkshake cocktail for the adults at the table!

Let the kids have at the pies, this Wild Turkey 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.

adult milkshake cocktail ~ The Frozen Turkey

What will you need to make The Frozen Turkey?

  • Butter Pecan Ice Cream
  • Bourbon
  • Amaretto

The Frozen Turkey ~ an adult dessert cocktail

This is the winterized version of my favorite summer drink, the Hummer, another adult milkshake.

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…

The Frozen Turkey is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail

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The Frozen Turkey is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail
4.13 from 8 votes

The Frozen Turkey

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
Author Sue Moran


  • blender


  • I pint container Häagen-Dazs butter pecan ice cream
  • 1 oz Wild Turkey 101
  • 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. Cook for 5 minutes, then pour into a jar and let cool. If the sauce thickens too much after cooling, microwave it for a few seconds.
  • For the cocktail, blend the ice cream, the Wild Turkey and the Amaretto in a blender until smooth. Serve in fancy glasses garnished with a drizzle of the sauce.
  • 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

  • You can actually blend this up before your guests arrive, and then stash the whole blender in the freezer.  The alcohol will prevent it from freezing solid, and you can give it a quick blend right before serving
  • Experiment with other combinations of ice cream and liquor!
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  • 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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    July 8, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Sounds delish, I’m thinking for a sweet tooth like myself, Wild Turkey Honey.
    I may even skip the ice cream and make it a Honey Wild Slushy?
    Thank you, your recipe looks wonderful.

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      July 8, 2018 at 7:51 am

      I adore adult milkshakes like this, have you tried my Hummer Cocktail? Just sayin’…

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    Jane Ozzle
    November 19, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Only 2 oz of alcohol? I feel like you wouldn’t even be able to taste it

    • Reply
      November 19, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      There’s no harm in upping that measurement Jane, you have my permission 😉

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    October 24, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I’m going to make this as an ‘Ode to my late Father-in-law, Wild Turkey was his only drink, and yes straight, yuck. That bourbon, is not my thing.

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    November 18, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Hey Sue! This looks AMAZING! Oh boy would we go crazy for this, and what a great idea you came up with! Love it !! xxoo Anna and Liz

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    November 18, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I am not too fond of whiskey (ok, let me be honest, I hate it) but maybe in a concoction like this I could fall in love with it… it looks absolutely decadent, and definitely better than that pumpkin pie that weighs things down so much at the end of the big meal

    Gorgeous photos, as usual…

    • Reply
      November 18, 2013 at 7:15 am

      That’s the beauty of this, Sally — use whatever you like in it!

  • Reply
    November 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Yummy! OH MY! I cannot wait to make this!
    Thank you!

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    Karen Harris
    November 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I’m sold. To heck with the pumpkin pie!

  • Reply
    November 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Yummy! What a perfect dessert. Thanks for sharing. You should link this to What’d You Do This Weekend tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

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    November 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Are you sure this isn’t an appetizer? Caramel is the devil. It talks to me, and reels me in and I take the bait, every time. This looks fabulous.

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      November 18, 2013 at 7:23 am


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    November 16, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing! Don’t know if I can wait till Thanksgiving to try it!

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