Boston Cooler (Ginger Ale and Vanilla Ice Cream Shake)

Boston Cooler
Boston CoolerMatt 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.

Boston Cooler
This ginger ale and ice cream shake doesn't come from Boston, but somewhere much more Midwestern: Detroit.
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.