Cocktail Review: 8 oz. Chocolate Mint Milkshake for Adults
We're constantly on the hunt for cocktail milkshakes in Los Angeles. Mmm, nostalgic fun with an edge! Surprisingly not too many places offer them in our fine city. But one night while we were enjoying the grilled cheese pork rib sandwich at 8 oz. on Melrose, we asked the bartender if the chef, bartender, whomever got around to making the alcoholic milkshakes we had heard they were planning to put on the menu months ago.
Turns out that since Chef Govind Armstrong is a perfectionist, the adult shakes never made it on the menu. But you can still ask for them behind the back of your hand in hushed tones from the bartender and they're only $8 each. We're not too sure what flavors are available and it seems that the bartenders aren't either. But they will recommend the chocolate mint shake made from Kahlua, Baileys, vodka and housemade vanilla ice cream or the coconut shake which we believe has coconut rum and that vanilla ice cream.
Although we're usually opposed to uber sweet cocktails, especially ones made with creamy, sugary liqueurs, we were pleasantly surprised by the yumminess of this one. It works well in shake form. There was that hint of mint from Baileys and also from the fresh mint leaves that were muddled into it. So it was naturally tasty and refreshing rather than sickly sweet. It helps that vanilla ice cream was used instead of chocolate, which would have been over the top. And we couldn't really tell there was alcohol in it, only that its consistency was lighter than a regular shake.
That's what's dangerous about these babies; they are innocent-tasting but kick-your-ass potent. It was a good thing we had split it with our dinner companion else we would have passed out drunk at the bar. Kidding. However, the establishment does recognize the potency of the cocktail shakes and has considered putting a 1-per-person max on 'em.
But since they're actually dessert cocktails, we can't imagine anyone drinking more than one anyway. That's why we had to hold off on trying the coconut shake. After onion rings, that grilled cheese sandwich, a Manhattan and half a shake in our belly, another one wouldn't have gone down so well. Definitely next time though.
7661 Melrose Avenue (cross street Stanley Avenue)