Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Espresso Milkshake with Coffee Liqueur

Why I love it: This drink has all my favorite dessert flavors packed into one jar: vanilla, chocolate, pumpkin spice, espresso and coffee liqueur. It’s easy to make and quite refreshing on a warm summer day.

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Espresso Milkshake with Coffee Liqueur

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Happy milkshake season! Nothing better than sitting outside after (or before) dinner and sip a cool, refreshing milkshake on a warm summer day, is there? Personally, I love a drink that surprises me with something different in every sip, which is why I only blended ice cream and milk together here but added all remaining components separately.

It’s a French vanilla ice cream mix that is layered with pumpkin spice chocolate ganache, a fresh shot of espresso and a shot (or more) of coffee liqueur. When you take a sip (or spoonful) you may get vanilla or espresso or chocolate or a pocket of liqueur, it’s a surprise every time. The pumpkin spice flavor (a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, ginger and mace) is subtle but gives the shake a nice complexity.

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Espresso Milkshake with Coffee Liqueur Recipe

serves 2

by Nicole Branan

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 10 ounces French vanilla ice cream
  • pumpkin spice ganache (the recipe is here)
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 2 shots of coffee liqueur (I used Kapali)
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add milk and ice cream to a blender (or food processor if you don’t have a blender) and blend.
  2. Layer ice cream/milk, ganache, espresso and liqueur into two 8-ounce glasses.
  3. Top with whipped cream, if using.
  4. Dust with cocoa powder.
  5. Serve immediately.

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Food Photography and Styling: I went back to my tried and trusted bright food, dark shadows lighting setup for this shot and I think that worked well for the drink. To imply action I stuck a straw in the drink (it’s a paper straw I bought from Jo-Ann some time ago) and to tell the reader that there is pumpkin spice in the shake I put some of the individual spices in the composition as well. I tried to add props in the background (like a milk bottle) but they just distracted from the drink and I ended up liking the shot best without them.

Nikon D600, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 100. One Hensel Integra Pro Plus 500 Monolight, 35″ x 58″ Softbox.

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17 comments

    • Nicole B. says:

      Sinful is the right word! :) Kahlua is actually the most well-known brand of coffee liqueur here too, I’ve just always used Kapali, it’s cheaper but tastes almost the same.

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I moved the spices around forever until I finally had them such that I liked them. :)

  1. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says:

    What I wouldn’t give to have that waiting for me this afternoon when I finish all the gardening I have to do. If that were waiting for me I’d have my work done at warp speed :-)My Fitbit would go wild with buzzing and shaking with all my activity. YUM!! What a gorgeous dessert/drink!! Beautiful shot as usual!!

    • Nicole B. says:

      It is the perfect reward for an afternoon of gardening indeed. If you were closer I’d have one of these bad boys ready for you. :)

  2. Melinda | Sprinkle and a Dash says:

    Nicole, Amazing as usual! Love, love, love it, and I have everything. Plus Pumpkin Pie Spice ganache. Where has that been hiding?
    Question: I wonder if you tried making the ganache with white chocolate and didn’t like it together or if you just always prefer it with dark and milk chocolate?

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Melinda! And good question, I actually did try to make it with white chocolate several times but I found it very difficult, the white chocolate always broke on me. Could have been the brand I was using or perhaps I needed a different technique. I need to look into that again! Thank you for reminding me! :)

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  4. Louise | Cygnet Kitchen says:

    I went to a summer fair the other day and was given milk shake made with milk, sugary synthetic tasting syrup and crushed ice cubes. I was so disappointed, I could have cried!! Now this..this is a milkshake worth every single calorie! So beautifully shot I wish I could just reach in and take that ice cold glass of heaven… <3 <3 <3

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