Every fast food order needs a chilled dessert, and chains have been upping their game over the years to try to keep up with the competition. But you know what will really take those icy treats to the next level? Booze. In this case, we aren’t talking about pairing the two. You wouldn’t want to sip on a cocktail while drinking a Slush, or knocking back a bourbon while enjoying a McFlurry. Instead, you should be mixing them.
Given the range of flavors and consistencies in fast food frozen treats, the best alcohol pairings vary widely. For chocolate-based options such as a Choco Brownie Extreme Blizzard from DQ or a McFlurry with Oreos from McDonald’s, choose a liquor that has rich, caramel flavors, such as bourbon. Rum, with its sweet, often spicy flavor pairs well with almost any dessert, while Bailey’s Irish Cream will double down on all the sweet, creamy, chocolate notes.
For fruit-based frozen drinks, such as Chick-fil-A’s Frosted Lemonade, McDonald’s Frozen Fanta, or any of Sonic’s slushes, you’ll need something different. Instead of a rich liquor with notes of caramel, opt for something crisp and bright. Tequila tastes particularly delicious with citrus-based drinks, while vodka offers a clean, neutral finish for when you just want the burn of alcohol without added complexity.