Boozy Milkshake: Coffee and Rum Milkshake with Salty Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans

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Boozy Milkshake: Coffee and Rum Milkshake with Salty Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans //

It feels like this entire summer everyone has been on vacation without me. I’ll open up (enter: all social media networks) and there they are: picture after picture of people drinking pina coladas by the beach, frolicking in the sand, on their hipster rooftops in Brooklyn wearing jorts–it’s not fair! It’s been depressing. But now, I’m the one on vacation (albeit a short one, but I’ll take what I can get).

I’m currently in Palm Springs chilling in the sun/mostly the air-conditioning. It’s 110 degrees. Yes, one one zero. What’s odd is that I kinda like it. The dry California, dessert air is nice–it feels very spa-like and it helps that I’m doing nothing but laying on the couch, drinking a cocktail and reading a summer book.

I’ve been wanting to make a boozy milkshake for like FOR-EVER-R. Also, fun fact: I wrote this post a few days ago, which means I was lying then, but am totally telling you the truth now. Confusing? I understand. Boozy milkshake. If you read this blog regularly, you know that I love my coffee. There’s nothing better, in my humble opinion, than coffee ice cream. Combine coffee ice cream with a little milk, dark rum, some more coffee and put it in a blender? Heaven. Salty chocolate covered coffee beans is totally a thing I did too.

Boozy Milkshake: Coffee and Rum Milkshake with Salty Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans //

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Real California Milk. They love ice cream as much as I do and when I told them I wanted to put alcohol in a milkshake, they were like, Yes, please do this.

This coffee ice cream starts with steeping whole coffee beans. If you’re using a dark roast, the result will be a caramel-colored milk that will look dreamy. I used a light roast, so it wasn’t that dark, though the flavor was absolutely there.

Also, if you don’t have an ice cream maker (how dare you!) or you just don’t want to wait (there’s a lot of waiting when it comes to ice cream-making), feel free to use store-bought coffee ice cream. There’s no shame!

Boozy Milkshake: Coffee and Rum Milkshake with Salty Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans //

Boozy Milkshake: Coffee and Rum Milkshake with Salty Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans //

Boozy Milkshake: Coffee and Rum Milkshake with Salty Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans //

The whipped cream is no normal whipped cream–it’s laced with tangy, tart creme fraiche. Dreamy!

This milkshake is topped with coffee beans dipped into chocolate. For some reason, since they sell these at the grocery store, I figured they’d be much more difficult to make. But seriously, all they are are coffee beans dipped in chocolate. Doh! I decided to be my normal self and sprinkle them with a little Maldon Sea Salt. I’m a predictable person. This milkshake is exactly what I wish my afternoon coffee break tasted like.

Boozy Milkshake: Coffee and Rum Milkshake with Salty Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans //

Boozy Milkshake: Coffee and Rum Milkshake with Salty Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans

Serving Size: 2 Milkshakes


Coffee Ice Cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups California whole milk
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • Salt
  • 1 cup good-quality coffee beans
  • 1 1/2 cups California heavy cream, divided
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground coffee

Salty Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans:

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 15 coffee beans
  • Maldon Sea Salt

Creme Fraiche Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup California heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons California creme fraiche


  • 1/2 cup California whole milk
  • 1/4 cup cooled coffee
  • 2 fluid ounces dark rum
  • 3-4 large scoops California coffee ice cream, recipe follows or storebought


Ice Cream:

  • To a medium saucepan placed over medium-low heat, combine the milk, sugar, vanilla bean, vanilla bean caviar, pinch of salt, whole coffee beans and 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Once the mixture is warm to the touch, cover, remove from the heat and let it to steep for 1-3 hours. (Note: if your coffee beans are a dark roast, they'll be done in an hour. However, if you're using a lighter roast (like I did), you'll want to steep the mixture for 3 hours. If you're worried about letting milk sit out for that long, transfer the pot to the refrigerator to steep.)
  • Rewarm the coffee-infused milk mixture. Pour the remaining 1 cup of cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm coffee mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
  • Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and reads 170 degrees F to 175 degrees F on a digital-read thermometer. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Press on the coffee beans in the strainer to extract as much of the coffee flavor as possible, then discard the beans. Mix in the vanilla and the finely ground coffee and stir until cool over an ice bath.
  • Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and transfer to the freezer until firm.

Salty Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans:

  • In a double-boiler, or a stainless steel bowl set over a saucepan with simmer water, add the chocolate and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir with a spatula until chocolate is smooth. Using a fork, dip the coffee beans, one by one, into the chocolate allowing any excess chocolate to drip off; transfer the coffee beans to a sheet of wax paper. Sprinkle with sea salt and transfer to the refrigerator to set, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Creme Fraiche Whipped Cream:

  • To a medium bowl, add the heavy cream and powdered sugar. Beat, using a stand-up mixer, until smooth and soft peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Add creme fraiche and beat for an additional 30 seconds. Set aside.


  • To the jar of a blender, add the milk, coffee, dark rum and coffee ice cream. Pulse for 5 seconds, until frothy and halfway blended (this is how I like my milkshakes). Divide between glasses. Top with a big dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of chocolate-covered coffee beans.

Coffee Ice Cream slightly adapted from David Lebovitz

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    (This post is sponsored by Real California Milk. Look out for the Real California Milk and cheese seals on dairy products in your grocery store, which means they’re made with 100% real California milk. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep A Cozy Kitchen cozy.)

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  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe July 16, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Coffee beans dipped in ice cream?! Oh, well, now I feel seriously stupid for not having thought about it before! Can’t wait to try out this recipe, maybe skipping on the rum, since I don’t really like it, but I’m sure it will still be delicious!

    xo, Elisa

  • Reply christin July 16, 2013 at 4:39 am

    this is my jam. and i’m totally not bad that you were lying at first. hope you’re having a great trip!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 16, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Whoa, you went allll out for this one! Homemade to the max, and thank goodness! It looks AWESOME!

  • Reply steph @ stephsapartmentkitchen July 16, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Adrianna – you’ve really outdone yourself this time!

    Coffee ice cream is my absolute favorite. On Saturday I was bitten by approximately 13 mosquito bites while picking raspberries so I decided to treat myself to a waffle cone with one scoop coffee and one scoop salted caramel. The combination was AMAZING and it looks like you captured it here!

    I love that you coated the coffee beans with chocolate and maldon. Once I get an ice cream attachment for the kitchenaid, I’ll be making my own coffee ice cream, stat. Thanks for the recipe and enjoy your vacation!

  • Reply Tieghan July 16, 2013 at 6:35 am

    INCREDIBLE!!! This combo, the beans, the booze!! I love it all! YES! Gimme, please!

  • Reply Thelma July 16, 2013 at 6:49 am

    These looks delish – I love your photos!

  • Reply erin @ yummy supper July 16, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Hell ya! This boozy milkshake would make anyone feels like they’re on a little vacay… coffee, rum and chocolate couldn’t be a better combo. Adrianna, you rock!

  • Reply [email protected] July 16, 2013 at 8:17 am

    coffee and rum milkshake? oh yes, yes yes.

  • Reply Arthur in the Garden! July 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

    There is a restaurant in Downtown Raleigh, NC that serves something like this! Yummy!

  • Reply Emily D. July 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Oh god. Whatever if I never make or eat anything but my own chocolate covered coffee beans ever again?

  • Reply joanna July 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

    HOLY COW. i need to make this IMMEDIATELY.

  • Reply Lindsey @ The Next Course July 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. There is SO MUCH to love in this post! I will be trying this very, very soon!!

  • Reply [email protected] July 16, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Mmm. I love coffee milkshakes. A burger place near by does about 25 flavors of milkshakes, and coffee with a small sprinkling of malt powder is one of my faves.

  • Reply Tammela July 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Wow. Yes, please!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance July 16, 2013 at 11:56 am

    This looks incredible. I would not be able to control myself around the chocolate covered coffee beans!

  • Reply Chris July 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Did you make this with ingredients from California? I can’t tell.

  • Reply Kammie @ Sensual Appeal July 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Give me boozy or give me death.
    Wait, that’s not right.
    But I DO love me some boozy milkshakes. They are evil 😉
    And combine that with the flavor of coffee – I am SOLD!

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food July 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    This milkshake would certainly put me into vacation mood.

  • Reply Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion July 17, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Wow… just Wow

  • Reply Angela Brown July 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Love the idea of salty, chocolatey coffee beans! Great idea! Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply Katy July 17, 2013 at 11:46 am

    This looks amazing!!! love it! just stumbled upon your blog via bloglovin. so cute and well put together!

  • Reply Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily July 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Marry me! ;p

  • Reply Francescad July 17, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    This looks awesome, but I cant stop scoping out your PROPS! where are those awesome coasters from?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Oh it’s actually a trivet that I bought from Anthropolgie a few years ago. I never use and every time I do I’m like, why don’t I use it more often?! 🙂

  • Reply Tina July 18, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Total dream drink!!!! I’m a lover with all things coffee. All ur posts are nothing but pure awesomeness 🙂 keep up the good work Chica 🙂

  • Reply joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    OMG I want this! Love that coffee beans shot!

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    This looks, what I like to call, “stupid good”!

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    If it tastes as good as it looks, it will be a keeper.

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    This looks amazing, and I will never make it. I’ll content myself by drooling over your photos. Thanks for sharing!

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