Boston Cooler
Our favorite milkshakes don't involve any milk; after proud Midwesterner Amanda Arnold showed us this vanilla shake made with spicy ginger ale, we're whizzing one up for happy hour (bourbon optional but recommended). Get the recipe for Boston Cooler ». Matt Taylor-Gross

Despite the name, Boston Coolers are as about Midwestern as Marge Gunderson and repressed emotions. And they’re our favorite kind of soda shake—a milkshake with a soft drink replacing the milk. Ginger ale adds a warm, spicy bite that cuts through all the vanilla richness.

Featured in: Have You Had a Boston Cooler, the Midwest’s Beloved Ice Cream Drink?

Yield: makes 1
Time: 5 minutes


  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 (12-oz.) bottle ginger ale, preferably Vernor’s


  1. Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.