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Spiked milkshakes on Long Island

They’re a childhood favorite with an adult twist — and seemingly no expiration date. Boozy milkshakes continue to evolve at Long Island eateries, proving the dessert drinks aren’t just for kids. 

Kooky Cookie Dough shake at George Martin’s Burger Bar

Kooky Cookie Dough shake (left) made with vanilla
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Kooky Cookie Dough shake at George Martin’s Burger Bar (Multiple locations): The restaurant's megaquake shakes come with a shot of vanilla vodka, coconut rum or Irish cream at locations in Massapequa (4902 Merrick Rd.) and Rockville Centre (209 N Long Beach Rd.). Flavors range from the Kooky Cookie Dough, made with egg-free cookie dough, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and finished with a cookie dough ice cream sandwich or the Lava Flow, which is a chocolate shake with a lava cake on it. ALSO TRY: You’ll find spiked floats as well as shakes. Among the floats is the Guinness extra stout float (vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and Guinness beer) and the Not Your Father’s Root Beer float (root beer ale, Baileys Irish Cream and vanilla ice cream). More info:

Chocogasm at Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge

The Chocogasm, a frozen cocktail made with Pinnacle
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Chocogasm at Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge (4 Patchogue Dr., Rocky Point): The Chocogasm is a frozen cocktail made with Marie Brizard chocolate liqueur, Pinnacle whipped cream vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, RumChata, chocolate-flavored crème de cacao and vanilla ice cream. It is served in a tall glass drizzled with chocolate syrup and a crumbled chocolate cookie-coated rim. More info: 631-744-4100, 

Banana Foster at New York Burger Bar

Bananas Foster Rum Shake at New York Burger
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Banana Foster at New York Burger Bar (4225 Merrick Rd., Massapequa ): The Banana Foster milkshake on the menu at locations Massapequa (4225 Merrick Rd.,) and Rockville Centre has two scoops of vanilla ice cream, bananas, caramel sauce, cinnamon, Myers’s Dark Rum and whipped cream topping. ALSO TRY: The restaurant’s Oreo Cookies n’ Cream milkshake features the popular Nabisco Oreos in ice cream form and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur. Meanwhile, the Nutella banana milkshake is a mix of the sweetened hazelnut cocoa spread, chocolate ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate vodka. More info: 516-799-9199


Candy Crush at Brixx and Barley

The "Candy Crush" shake--one of Brixx & Barley's
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Candy Crush at Brixx and Barley (152 W. Park Ave., Long Beach): You can add a shot of alcohol to any of the restaurant’s six signature shakes — which range from Candy Crush, (served in a mini M&M coated glass with birthday cake ice cream and rainbow sprinkles and topped with a Carnival Pop lollipop, cotton candy, chocolate chips and sprinkled with other candies) to The Dark Nightmare, which is served in a chocolate sprinkle coated glass filled with dark chocolate ice cream, chocolate chips and cookie dough pieces and topped with a glazed doughnut, chocolate cake and a chocolate éclair. More info: 516-544-4511,

Memory Lane at Flo’s Luncheonette

At Flo's in Patchogue, bartenders make a variety
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Memory Lane at Flo’s Luncheonette (38 West Main. St., Patchogue): The shakes range from salty to spicy to sweet or sour. Memory Lane has childhood favorites such as cotton and rock candy, whipped cream, strawberry ice cream in a frosty vanilla glass rimmed with pearl, blue and pink chocolates. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and cake-flavored vodka make it an adult beverage. ALSO TRY: Spiced Twinkie, as its name suggests, consists of the golden sponge cake with creamy filling and vanilla ice cream mixed with Fireball whiskey and Kahlua. It’s topped with bits of Twinkie, white chocolate, marshmallow fluff, rainbow rock candy, house-made whipped cream, sprinkles and a fried Twinkie. Sour Puss infuses vanilla ice cream with Bols Cherry Brandy — a deep red cherry liqueur. Pixy Stix, Sour Gummies and Nerds are among the colorful candies to round out this shake. More info: 888-356-7864,

The Crazy Monkey at Burgerology

A "Crazy Monkey" milk shake, made of nutella,
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The Crazy Monkey at Burgerology (Multiple locations): Bartenders at locations in Huntington (308 Main St.) and Rockville Centre (226 Merrick Rd.) can make any of its signature shakes or BYOS (build your own shake) with spirits, says general manager John Falcicchio. One of the most popular is The Crazy Monkey — a Nutella, banana and peanut butter shake recommended with Frangelico Hazelnut liqueur.  ALSO TRY: Surprise Party is a birthday cake ice cream shake that pairs well with Smirnoff Vanilla vodka. Rainbow Cookie is just that: a shake filled with crushed rainbow cookies with a complement of Smirnoff Raspberry vodka. More info:

Patron-Kahlua Caramel Mocha at Dirty Burger

The Patron-Lahlua Caramel Mocha shake at Dirty Burger
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Patron-Kahlua Caramel Mocha at Dirty Burger (12 Manetto Hill Rd, Plainview): Douglas Pierno, general manager at Dirty Burger, which has two alcohol-infused milkshakes on its menu, says the appeal of these drinks is that it’s “a dessert with a flavor boost, a kick and a twist.” The Patron-Kahlua Caramel Mocha shake packs a one-two punch. It’s made with 1 ounce each of Patron XO Cafe and Kahlua, a coffee-flavored liqueur. It also features a separate ounce each of caramel and chocolate sauces, 4 scoops of caramel ice cream and 1.5 cups of heavy cream. The drink is garnished with chocolate coffee bean, whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. More info: 516-595-7399, 

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