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Bacon-Infused Milk Shakes? Make Your Own -- With Vodka

It's almost a crime that there are no Jack in the Box restaurants in Florida. The whole creepy-child's-toy concept used to scare the living daylights out of me when I was a kid.

There were three fast-food restaurants in a row where I grew up in Brooklyn.  McDonald's, Burger King, and Jack in the Box. I remember going through the drive-through, talking into the creepy clown head to order onion rings.  The food was all the same, but the ick factor of the Jack was undeniable.

Year later, when I read Stephen King's novel It, about a murderous clown, I instantly thought about Jack in the Box.

Turns out, Jack is trying to kill you after all. He's just come out with a bacon-flavored shake.  The bacon shake is made with real vanilla ice cream, bacon-flavored syrup, whipped topping, and a maraschino cherry. Besides the bacon, it packs a punch with 773 calories and 40 grams of fat in every 16-ounce serving of frosty, creamy, bacony goodness. 

Our suggestion? Since there are no fast-food restaurants that serve this frosted, meaty treat, make your own. Then spike it -- with bacon vodka! Because if you're going to go to hell in a blender, you might as well go all the way! Here's how:

Boozy Bacon Shake

Ingredients:

2 slices bacon
1/4 cup cold milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
2 oz. Bakon Bacon-flavored Vodka
Whipped cream
Maraschino cherry

Directions:

Fry the bacon as you normally would. Take the bacon out of the pan and place on paper towels to cool. With a spoon, scoop out all the bacon grease you can and place in a cup. You're going to use that for flavoring.

Place the milk, syrup, ice cream, vodka, and cooled bacon fat in a blender until desired consistency.


Pour into a tall glass and garnish with whipped cream, cherry, and crumbled bacon. Add a little more vodka as a floater, if you wish.

You can get Bakon bacon-flavored vodka at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits ($27.99).


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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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