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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    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.

  • Reply
    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!

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

    5 stars
    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

  • 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,

  • Reply
    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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