By Jess Thomson

Tribune Content Agency

Boozy Caramel Milkshake

Makes 4 (6-ounce) shakes

For the salted caramel sauce:

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon salt

For the boozy shake:

1/2 teaspoon ground espresso, plus extra for sprinkling

1 ounce rye whiskey, such as Old Overholt

3 cups (24 ounces) vanilla ice cream, softened to soft serve consistency

Whipped cream

Make the salted caramel sauce: Warm the heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.

Meanwhile, in a heavy medium frying pan, melt the sugar over medium heat. As the sugar begins to liquefy, stir continually, as it will begin to change color and caramelize rather rapidly. (Caramelizing sugar can be dangerous, as it is very hot and can burn you easily. Please use caution and do not touch the sugar while it is cooking.) When the sugar has reached an even light-amber color, watch for a bit of smoke to rise from it -- this shows the sugar is done being caramelized.

Immediately add the heated cream a little at a time, whisking after each addition. Add the butter and salt. Cook while stirring constantly until it reaches 230 F. Remove the pan from the heat. Pour into jars and let sit until room temperature.

Make the boozy shake: Place 4 glasses in the freezer to chill.

Blend the espresso, 1/4 cup of the salted caramel sauce, and rye whiskey together in a blender until smooth and frothy. Add the ice cream and blend until thick and creamy.

Pour milkshake into the chilled glasses. Top with a generous scoop of whipped cream, drizzle with the caramel sauce, and finish with a sprinkling of ground espresso.

Recipe notes: Finely ground coffee can be substituted for the espresso. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, sprinkle in some cocoa powder instead. Refrigerate caramel sauce for up to three months.

At Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery, the Seattle shop famous for deceivingly small chocolate cakes baked to order, it’s easy to be sidetracked by the main event. But you need to focus not just on the cakes, but also on the milkshakes, which come both straight-up and laced with booze. Our favorite, the “Extra Dark Caramel and Rye” shake, is made with the rye caramel they make in house.