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Brandy Java Ice: After all your hard work making kid-friendly meals and beverages, isn’t it time you made a treat just for you? This coffee milkshake variation, combining the best qualities of the ever-popular Java Ice and Brandy Ice is a sure-fire hit with the big people!

Brandy Java Ice

When Dan and I had been married just a little over a year, we bought our first house. A sweet 1930’s brick bungalow in a part of town with an active urban renewal taking place. We could walk to popular shopping areas and restaurants just a few blocks away and loved the vibrant culture surrounding us.

We had a favorite coffee shop we would frequent, mostly late at night (back when we didn’t have to get up with kids the next morning), and would sit with friends sipping highly caffeinated beverages and laughing for hours.

My favorite splurge was the “Java Ice” coffee milkshake, loaded with creamy vanilla ice cream and little crunchy bits of coffee to keep me up all night.

Several years later, my sister-in-law went through a phase of making “Brandy Ice” every time we got together. The sweet woody  flavor of brandy mixed with vanilla ice cream was another winning combination that encouraged laughing and staying up way past bedtime.

Brandy Java Ice Coffee Milkshake

Several years later, my sister-in-law went through a phase of making “Brandy Ice” every time we got together. The sweet woody  flavor of brandy mixed with vanilla ice cream was another winning combination that encouraged laughing and staying up way past bedtime.

Can you see the dilemma at hand?

No… it’s not that I’ve eaten too much ice cream over the years. Guess again.

Anytime I start to make Java Ice or Brandy Ice, I can never choose between them. They both remind me of happy carefree moments and people I love.

And no one can handle two giant milkshakes on the same night. No one.

So the only solution is to combine java ice and brandy ice to make one killer coffee milkshake with a kick… Brandy Java Ice.

Easy Brandy Java Ice Coffee Milkshake

Not only is this a lovely flavorful grown-up treat, but I discovered that:

Java Ice + Brandy Ice = The Cure to All Life’s Problems.

Everything seems better with a Brandy Java Ice in hand. You have coffee for a pick-me-up, liquor for stress-relief, and ice cream for comfort. This adult coffee milkshake can ease the pain of the day and is LOADS of fun!

Plus who doesn’t love a recipe with 3 ingredients?

Brandy Java Ice

Yield: 2

Prep Time: 2 minutes


  • 4 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 2 ounce brandy
  • 2 teaspoon ground coffee (not instant granules)


  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy!

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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27 Responses to “Brandy Java Ice”

  1. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted June 11, 2012 at 8:08 am

    i’ll take your dare on the two milkshakes in one night ;)


    • Sommer — June 11th, 2012 @ 8:41 am

      Girrrrrl, you’ll be sick! ;)


  2. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted June 11, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Boozy milkshake, sign. me. up!!! Hope you had a fun weekend!


  3. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted June 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

    You are singing my tune!


  4. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted June 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Ice cream and booze… done and done! This is just what I could use… right now. :-)


  5. Jennifer | Mother Thymeposted June 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

    This is the best combination ever!

    btw- I made your Grilled Hanger Steak with Chimichurri last night for dinner. Ah-mazing! :)


    • Sommer — June 11th, 2012 @ 9:36 am

      YAY YAY YAY!! I’m so glad you liked it. :)


  6. bake your dayposted June 11, 2012 at 10:24 am

    This is so fun, and I bet it takes you back to that bungalo every time. My husband and I are in that stage right now. We live in a very vibrant neighborhood with tons to do and we can’t get enough. Taking it all in while we can…especially the coffee shops! :)


  7. Brandie @ Home Cooking Memoriesposted June 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I support anything with Brandy & coffee in it. Very nice!


  8. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted June 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Ohhh, this looks wonderful! Ice Cream, Coffee and Brandy? Yes please!


  9. shelly (cookies and cups)posted June 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Oh yeah, I could go for one of these right about now.


  10. Janposted June 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I am a huge fan of boozy milkshakes, but never thought to add brandy AND coffee! What a treat :)


  11. Paula- bell'alimentoposted June 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I think I’d be willing to try to drink two ; )


  12. Kristenposted June 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Wow – I am all about ice cream and cocktails. This looks so good!


  13. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted June 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    holy yum! Sounds too good


  14. marlaposted June 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Brandy ICE??!! Now this is the ultimate adult dessert milkshake :)


  15. Marie @ Substance of Livingposted June 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    This is beyond perfect! What a great treat in shot glasses after dinner for dessert or sipping while lounging around on these hot summer nights. Yum!!!

    Thank you for sharing…

    P.S. Your “you might also like” look great too – dilema, where do I start?! :-)


  16. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted June 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Whoa! What a milkshake!


  17. Leslieposted June 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    This is my kind of beverage!!!!!


  18. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted June 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I love it! You hit it out of the park when you blended this baby up!


  19. Aggieposted June 13, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Oh my gosh, I totally want this!!!


  20. Meghanposted June 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

    A boozy milkshake is right up my alley! Love the combination!


  21. samanthaposted June 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I made this last night and it was SO good. I will now have all of the ingredients on hand, just in case I need a good, easy dessert. It was delicious!


  22. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted June 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Oh my! I am loving this recipe!


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