foodie adventures: grilled cherry milkshakes

it's cherry season, y'all!  do yourself a favor and make these milkshakes.  they are pretty much everything.

grilled cherry milkshake washington dc photographer lissa ryan photography
grilled cherry milkshake washington dc photographer lissa ryan photography
grilled cherry milkshake washington dc photographer lissa ryan photography
grilled cherry milkshake washington dc photographer lissa ryan photography

if you haven't tried steve's bourbon vanilla ice cream, do yourself a favor and go get some at whole foods - this is not generic, boring vanilla ice cream!  it has a depth of flavor that is the perfect compliment to the roasted cherries.

grilled cherry milkshake washington dc photographer lissa ryan photography

grilled cherry milkshakes

ingredients:

1 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted with stems removed
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
1 cup milk

directions:

preheat grill.  toss cherries with olive oil and salt then place on a grill pan until soft and caramelized, turning once or twice while they cook. let cool. (this can be done ahead of time!)  puree in a blender (alternatively, you can puree them with the ingredients below, but if you do it this way, you can also have cherry sauce to pour over the top - bonus!).

to make shakes, combine ice cream and milk in a blender and puree until smooth.   pour cherry sauce into the bottom of a glass, then top with the milkshake and stir. 

grilled cherry milkshake washington dc photographer lissa ryan photography
grilled cherry milkshake washington dc photographer lissa ryan photography