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Black Tap's Thanksgiving Shake

Because these guys know how to make a milkshake
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Black Tap's Pumpkin Pie Shake
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What’s better than a slice of pumpkin pie? A slice of pumpkin pie that’s perilously perched on the edge of a towering pumpkin milkshake. And that's exactly what our friends at Black Tap NYC have created. In this exclusive recipe for TT, they blend up a milkshake that's pure Thanksgiving nirvana.

So how does a place like Black Tap come up with its crazy seasonal shakes? “We look at the flavors associated with the holiday first,” Joe Isidori, owner of Black Tap, tells us. “Then we’ll look at the colors associated with the holidays, traditional candies, etc., to create the crazy toppings and themes.”

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In this recipe, vanilla ice cream is blended with pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice and milk to form a thick and creamy shake that tastes just like Thanksgiving. And obviously it wouldn't be a Black Tap shake without all the accoutrements: The rim of the glass is frosted then covered in mini marshmallows before getting filled with pumpkin-spiced vanilla ice cream that’s then topped with whipped cream, a whole slice of pumpkin pie and, of course, a cherry.

And even though Black Tap’s milkshakes have proven time and time again to be gorgeous specimens for social media, more importantly, they’re delicious. “First and foremost, we want them to taste great,” Isidori explains. “After we get the flavor where we want it, then we will think about aesthetics in terms of different kinds of candies and toppings to use to make it fun and interesting, whether it’s incorporating multicolored candies or a whole slice of pie.”

It's this focus on quality that has taken Black Tap shakes from Insta eye candy to a cult following of dessert diehards, with patrons lined up around the corner every day. This Thanksgiving, skip the wait (and maybe pants altogether) and make an epic shake at home.  

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Black Tap Thanksgiving Milkshake

Recipe adapted from Joe Isidori, Black Tap, New York, NY

Yield: 1 milkshake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


For the Glass:

2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Mini marshmallows, for garnish

For the Milkshake:

1½ cups vanilla ice cream

6 tablespoons whole milk

¼ cup pumpkin purée

¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice

Whipped cream, for garnish

1 slice pumpkin pie, for garnish

1 maraschino cherry, for garnish


1. Make the cream cheese frosting: In a small bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Frost a ½-inch section on the rim of your glass by rolling it in the frosting. Press the marshmallows against the frosting to stick, coating the rim. Set aside. Vanilla frosting can also be substituted for cream cheese frosting.  

2. Make the milkshake: In a blender, combine the ice cream, milk, pumpkin purée and pumpkin spice, then blend until smooth.

3. Pour into the prepared glass and top with whipped cream. Prop a slice of pumpkin pie on the rim, then garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve.

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