Lavender and White Chocolate Boozy Milkshakes

CONFESSION: I drank one of these boozy milkshakes before noon.

I’m sorry. But I just couldn’t help myself. I really like ice cream. And booze.

Also, I hate wasting food. It would have been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thing to dump this down the drain after I finished shooting it, right? Right?!?! Please someone tell me I’m right.

But let’s not dwell on my limited self control and unwillingness to throw away food. Let’s talk a little bit about the recipe.


These Lavender and White Chocolate Boozy Milkshakes are truly an “adult beverage”. And I don’t just mean because of the vodka. The subtle floral elements give this drink a somewhat sophisticated feel. If there was ever such a thing as a high class milkshake, this is definitely it. This treat is totally worthy of a party, girls weekend or for when you’re just sitting at home by yourself at 11am. Not that I know anyone who would do that last thing.

I was inspired to mix up these boozy milkshakes after spending some time in the rows of lavender that we currently have growing at Donabedian Farms. The plants are at their peak right now, and the purple, fragrant buds were being bombarded with pollinators of the six-legged variety the day that I was visiting (see if you can spot the dragonfly and ladybug in my photos!). Apparently, I find lavender just as tempting as the insects do, because I couldn’t resist snatching some up to bring home and use in my kitchen.



Please be aware that not all lavender is culinary grade lavender. Some is grown for ornamental purposes only. So make sure you are buying and using lavender that is safe to use in cooking. Dried culinary lavender can be found in specialty markets and in some grocery store chains. And if you’re using fresh culinary lavender, just use the buds/flowers and not the stems/leaves.

Oh and one last note. The vodka takes a couple days to infuse with the lavender, so make sure you plan ahead!



Lavender and White Chocolate Boozy Milkshakes

Serves 4

Lavender and White Chocolate Boozy Milkshakes


  • For the Infused Vodka
  • 3/4 cups vodka
  • 1 tablespoon culinary lavender

  • For the Milkshakes
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon culinary lavender
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 8 cups vanilla ice cream


  1. Infuse the vodka. In a small re-sealable container (Mason jars work great for this), combine the vodka and the lavender. Seal and let the vodka sit for 36-48 hours (longer would be OK too) at room temperature. Then strain the vodka, collecting the infused vodka into a clean container. Discard the lavender.
  2. Infuse the half and half. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the half and half and the lavender until bubbles are just starting to form around the edges of the saucepan. Do not bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes. Then strain the mixture, collecting the infused half and half into a clean bowl. Discard the lavender. Place the infused half and half back into the saucepan and add the chopped white chocolate. Warm gently over low-medium heat, stirring frequently, until the white chocolate is just melted. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Make the milkshakes. For one large milkshake, place 2 cups of ice cream, 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) of the infused vodka and 1/4 cup of the infused half and half/white chocolate mixture into your blender. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately. You’ll have enough ingredients to make four milkshakes.


39 comments on “Lavender and White Chocolate Boozy Milkshakes”

  1. Lavender makes me feel so happy. The fields are vast and beautiful, the smell is amazing, and they look so whimsical. Love that you made a trip to the farm. And then added booze 🙂

  2. I just can’t even imagine how amazing that pace smelled, lavender is my go-to scent for relaxation! Also, totally not judging you for drinkin that boozy treat before noon, if anyone is, you don’t really want that negativity in your life, right?! 🙂

  3. Oh Liz! I see the little lady bug in the lavender.. just love walking through lavender fields! A delight for all the senses – and so happy to hear about the pollinators. Been there with the boozy treat, girl. I told Rob that day to beware, I may be drunk when he gets home after work! hehe! One doesn’t want to waste all that boozy deliciousness! Love, love, love the lavender infusions in this boozy concoction. So creative.

    • Thanks, Traci! Yeah I’ve definitely had a few days where I’ve been tipsy well before 5 o’clock. Oh well. Waste not, want not!

  4. wowow these are gorgeous and chic milkshakes. We planed on going to a lavender field this summer, but never got a chance, so next year I am getting some!

  5. This is a great recipe!

  6. How creative!! I can only imagine how interesting and delicious these taste. What a fun twist on a classic!

  7. I’m pretty sure I would drink this shake for my breakfast, it just looks SO good! Love the lavender and white chocolate combo, and the booze, of course! Delish!

  8. Dude. I’m totally with you on some boozy shake business! No judgements if you are doing this deliciousness before lunch. I won’t tell.

  9. Liz, you were pretty much REQUIRED to drink that milkshake after photo shooting it! Waste not, want not- am i right? (<— totally rhetorical) These boozy lavendar and white chocolate milkshakes are EVERYTHING! I'm thinking I can get away with one of these for breakfast because it has lavendar and it kind of looks like a smoothie, just on culinary delicious crack! I am already planning on heading into town to pick up some lavendar because I must infuse the vodka- TODAY! Pinned! Cheers to a fabulous weekend filled with many, before noon, boozy bodacious milkshakes! <3

  10. You know what makes me lame? I have not eaten lavender yet. I know all the cool kids are doing it, but I am LATE to the partay! Obviously booze is the best way to jump into this floral deliciousness. HELLO FRIDAY! Pinned!

  11. No judgment here!! I would gladly slurp these up even more 9am if I wasn’t knocked up! That lavender….So pretty, and isn’t lovely how it does triple duty? Pretty to look at. Makes your house smell wonderful. And seriously delicious.

  12. I had yet to grab on to lavender flavored anything, but a boozy milkshake is the place to start.

  13. This is summer milkshake!

  14. You did the right thing by drinking it. I hate wasting food too. And lavender is so perfect to use, especially in a summertime treat. It’s quite underutilized, and I’m so happy to see it here in such a tasty milkshake!!!

  15. oh my gawd! so inventive!!! and thanks for the note re: the lavender! I had no idea!

  16. Yup, I would have had to suck that baby down too. There’s no way I could waste something this delicious. Love!

  17. I was a little concerned about the amount of vodka and scoops of ice cream and then I settled down a bit after reading at the end this recipe serves four. 🙂

  18. Aaah I totally had a few sips of my bourbon root beer floats after I shot them but sadly had to dump one of them…it felt like such a crime! Love the looks of this milkshake, I happen to have some lavender in my pantry that I was wondering how to use! These look amazing!

  19. I am all about combining booze and dessert! I would love it if you would link this up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black – a weekly cocktail link up.

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