Milk shakes for adults at the Relish Burger Bar at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale

Guilty pleasure
: Adult milkshake
Where to get it: Relish Burger Bistro at the Phoenician
Price: $ 14
What it really costs: A certain loss of innocence because you will never be able to look at a brick of vanilla ice cream again without being tempted to reach for the vodka.

Most of us know The Phoenician as the place where well-heeled tourists go to golf, swim and sunbathe by the resort’s iconic pool, which is famous for its mother-of-pearl tiles. If you were hanging around town in the ’80s and’ 90s, you might also remember it as the place where Charles Keating spent millions to build, only to then lose it to the federal authorities as a result of the one of the biggest banking scandals of the time.

Either way, the huge European-style resort isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of hearty burgers and milkshakes. But if you’re a big fan of burgers, you’ve probably already discovered Relish Burger Bistro, the upscale burger restaurant located on the second floor of the Phoenician Golf Clubhouse.

Relish Burger Bistro is known for its massive gourmet burgers, including the house specialty, a $ 26 short rib burger, which is the most expensive item on the menu. Beyond the burgers, the restaurant also has one of the city’s largest collections of tequila and stunning views of the resort’s evergreen golf course.

But if guilty pleasures are your thing, you’ll want to turn your attention to the featured menu at the “grown-up” milkshake restaurant. You may remember the fortified milkshakes that popped up on many menus a few years ago, much to the disgust of alcohol purists the world over. For traditionalists, those who demand their spirits straight out of a shot glass or mixed in a highball, these milkshakes are a snap.

For everyone, it can be hard to resist the temptation of sugar and alcohol, mixed together in one dangerously tasty drink. If you’ve ever had to choose between paying for a dessert or buying another drink, here’s your answer.

Relish Burger Bistro’s adult milkshakes, available in your choice of chocolate or vanilla, are a smooth blend of vanilla ice cream and Van Gogh vodka. It should also be noted that the kitchen also floats an adult root beer.

We opted for the chocolate milkshake, a velvety blend of vanilla ice cream topped with Godiva chocolate liqueur and a generous drizzle of Van Gogh chocolate vodka. chocolate melts with art in your drink.

The milkshake is quite clean when it comes to restaurant quality milkshakes; you won’t find any fancy ornaments or trim here. But the alcoholic, spendthrift drink doesn’t really need much else to make it taste better. It’s a smooth, smooth ride to the bottom of the glass, the astringency of the vodka adding a pleasant depth to the saccharine shake.

Relish Burger Bistro’s Spiked Milkshake brings together two of the leading food vices, sugar and alcohol, in a package that’s hard to resist. But it’s best not to overthink the high levels of sugar, lactose, and alcohol in every sip. Just sit back and ride the dual effect of sugar and alcohol, inhaled quickly through a plastic straw. You can always start your diet tomorrow.

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