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September 18, 2012

Adult Chocolate Milk

If the combination of chocolate milk and vodka sounds strange to you, you’ll change your mind the minute this hits your tongue. Product photography courtesy Adult Beverage Company.

WHAT IT IS: Favorite childhood drinks reimagined with vodka.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: It’s the first line of its kind.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Delicious, fun to serve and a fine gift.
WHERE TO BUY IT: See the store locator on the company’s website.

Adult Strawberry Milk

We save the retro bottles and use them to serve water.

Adult Chocolate Milk Cocktail
We love the products straight, but they also make splendid cocktails—like this Chocolate Monkey with banana liqueur. Photo courtesy Adult Beverage



Adult Chocolate Milk & Strawberry Milk: High Proof Comfort Food

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September 27th is National Chocolate Milk Day. You can celebrate it like a kid or like a grown-up. The grown-up version is mixed with vodka.

Chocolate milk was one of our favorite beverages of youth. First we made it with Hershey’s Syrup. For converting plain milk to chocolate milk at school, there was the precursor of today’s Magic Milk Straws. For variety, we used Nesquick powder.

Today, we drink Adult Chocolate Milk: 40 proof perfection from the Adult Beverage Company. Check out the store locator and pick up a bottle. You may well end up going back for more, and ordering a case or two for holiday gifts. At $17.99 a bottle, you can afford it.

Adult Chocolate Milk is a pour-and-serve bottle, ready to be enjoyed straight from the bottle. Serve it chilled, over ice or in a cocktail (there are many on the website). Pour it over ice cream. Add a shot to a milkshake.

Strawberry Milk & More


As an equally nostalgic and flavorful companion, the company recently launched Adult Strawberry Milk, a charmer that tastes of ripe strawberries and sweet cream—and premium vodka of course.

There’s also Adult Limeade. It’s fine, but we’d rather have a Margarita.

The company promises that there are more nostalgia-inspired, playful pour-and-serve spirits to come. We vote for Creamsicle.

Adult Beverage Company products do not require refrigeration. They’re packaged in a retro-chic glass bottle with a swing-top closure, that can be repurposed for water or other beverages.

We prefer drinking Adult Chocolate and Strawberry Milks straight from the bottle, but don’t deny the charms of the numerous cocktails the company has developed. Here’s a taste:

Chocolate Monkey Cocktail Recipe

There’s no need to eat a chocolate-dipped banana when you can drink it!

Ingredients Per Drink

  • 1-1/4 parts Adult Chocolate Milk
  • 3/4 part banana liqueur
  • 1 part whipped cream
  • Garnish: notched banana slice, chocolate


  1. Mix ingredients.
  2. Decorate the inside of a Martini glass with chocolate syrup.
  3. Add cocktail, garnish and serve. See photo below left.


Neapolitan Shot Cocktail Recipe


The famous brick of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream has been reimagined as a cocktail:

Ingredients Per Drink

  • .75 ounce Adult Chocolate Milk
  • .75 ounce whipped cream
  • .75 ounce Adult Strawberry Milk
  • Whipped cream for garnish


  1. Layer in shot glass: Adult Strawberry Milk, whipping cream, Adult Chocolate Milk. The Adult Chocolate Milk will float through the whipped cream and settle on top of the Adult Strawberry Milk.
  2. Garnish with fresh whipped cream. See photo at top of page.


It’s All Thanks To Facebook


Former high school friends Tracy Reinhardt and Nikki Halbur reconnected over Facebook. Tracy had created a recipe for Adult Chocolate Milk that became an overnight sensation with her friends.

The demand for Tracy’s recipe inspired her to make the recipe commercially available, and Nikki joined as co-founder of the Adult Beverage Company. Adult Chocolate Milk was introduced in 2009, and the rest is tasty history.

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— Karen Hochman


More Chocolate Drinks

Hot Chocolate: 50 Heavenly Cups of Comfort   Gourmet Coffee, Tea and Chocolate Drinks: Creating Your Favorite Recipes at Home   Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights

Hot Chocolate: 50 Heavenly Cups of Comfort, by Fred Thompson. Classic recipes, recipes with a twist and recipes with alcohol. A great gift book, too. More information.


Gourmet Coffee, Tea And Chocolate Drinks: Creating Your Favorite Recipes At Home, by Mathew Tekulsky. From morning beverages to evening desserts. More information.


Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection Of Healthy Cocoa Delights, by Gabriel Constans. Mix cocoa with fruits, nuts, tofu, liquor, juices and more. More information.


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