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Copycat Recipe: Homemade Red Robin Gingerbread Milkshake

Homemade copycat version of Red Robin’s gingerbread milkshake

I know when we think of winter, we think, comfy, cozy, hot cocoa, and even a nice crackling fire, but do you leave room for a little cold weather fun in other ways? As soon as the fall hits, I see all things pumpkin spice drinks even though it’s still warm outside. Hey, I let them have theirs, so I’m asking you to let me have mine.


For me, when the winter season begins, I look forward to an eggnog milkshake. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy hot cocoa too, but it’s all about the eggnog for me. Now, this holiday drink is also a milkshake that screams Christmas time, and it’s so simple you can enjoy it anytime of the year. We tried this gingerbread milkshake at Red Robin several years ago. It was absolutely delicious, but the next year it was nowhere to be found, and it hasn’t returned to the menu since.

Enjoying the delicious homemade copycat recipe gingerbread milkshake by Red Robin.

Well, bring on the copycat recipe. I found a delicious one that starts with a simple syrup. Don’t worry because it’s literally simple. You’ll make enough for several servings that you can enjoy and serve a few times this season. I’m definitely thinking about doing this for our Christmas Eve gathering. Give it a try and tell me what you think. What's your favorite holiday drink this season?



Recipe Courtesy of

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2 ounces milk

  • 14 ounces vanilla ice cream

  • 1 tablespoon Graham Cracker crumbs, for garnish


Prepare the Gingerbread Syrup: In a medium saucepan, mix the water, sugar, ginger, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes. Do not cover the pan. Once cool, place the syrup in a container with a lid.

Blend the Milkshake:

Blend 1 1/2 ounces of the gingerbread syrup, milk and ice cream. Add whipped cream and top with graham cracker crumbs. Take a half of graham cracker and add to the side of glass for a little decoration. Enjoy!






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