Pictures: Great Maryland milkshakes
Want a frothy, sweet confection that's perfect for the balmy days of spring and summer? Then shake up your taste buds with the cold, creamy goodness of a milkshake.
The Baltimore region is home to a plethora of ice cream parlors, restaurants and diners that feature shakes for most every palate. Retro malted milkshakes. Classic chocolate and vanilla shakes. And exotic varieties made with ingredients like spinach or nuts. Come along as we sample milkshakes from Baltimore to Annapolis, with stops in between. -- Donna M. Owens
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The spiked shake
Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St., 443-453-9698, abbeyburgerbistro.com.
At this bustling Federal Hill eatery, burger toppings run the gamut from crabmeat to an egg, sunny side up. Their milkshakes are equally kicky.
"We use three to four scoops of Gifford's ice cream in our spiked shakes," says co-manager James Hollands. "The bartenders make them using an old-fashioned milkshake machine."
The Berger shake, made with fudgy Berger cookies, has numerous fans, he says. The recipe also blends vanilla ice cream, Stoli Vanilla and Godiva liqueurs. Other shake flavors include the Creamsicle (the ingredients include whipped cream, flavored vodka and orange juice) and the Incredible Hulk (pistachio ice cream, Gran Marnier and brownie chunks). "Yes, we do card if you order the shakes," says Hollands. "But we can make nonalcoholic versions."