The Perfect Tan

The Perfect Tan: a delicious milkshake with Baileys Irish Cream, chocolate and Ice Cream. Enjoy while sitting in the sand in the sun!

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The Perfect Tan: a boozy Baileys Irish Cream milkshake perfect for a hot summer day!

So if you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have noticed my family spent two weeks in Hawaii for vacation. Today’s blog post title may have thinking I’m going to drown you guys in photos of me and my gorgeous tan. Don’t worry. I’m not (yet!!). The Perfect Tan is the name of this delicious beverage I enjoyed in Hawaii!

You may have also noticed that every day on vacation (on instagram) I shared what I was drinking, haha! I enjoyed a new tropical drink each night. But the one that I enjoyed the most, (if I had to choose a winner) was probably “The Perfect Tan.” It could be because it’s the only one that was made with ice cream…so it’s more of a milkshake. It could be because I enjoyed that one in the hot afternoon sitting by the pool in Oahu.

Either way, I knew I wanted it again. Here. At home. The problem is I couldn’t remember exactly what was in it! I knew ice cream, chocolate and Bailey’s. So that’s what I made. A thick boozy milkshake.

The Perfect Tan: a boozy Baileys Irish Cream milkshake perfect for a hot summer day!

Speaking of “The Perfect Tan,” is there really such thing? No matter how much sunscreen I put on my family, someone got burned each day. I was fortunate not to burn, but I’m now the color of charred leather. Definitely not a perfect tan.

Okay. So, after talking about charred leather, who wants a drink???

For today’s recipe I used my Ninja Blender. I love that thing! I filled it with vanilla ice cream and poured on the Baileys Irish Cream. Blend until smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick, add more Baileys. Too runny, add more ice cream. To serve, drizzle chocolate syrup all over the inside of your glass (at least 2 Tbsp). Pour in your milkshake. Top with whipped cream and a cherry! This part is a must. Because you want that delicious whipped cream to mix in with your boozy milkshake and chocolate. It’s like a sundae in a glass. **slurp**

The Perfect Tan: a boozy Baileys Irish Cream milkshake perfect for a hot summer day!

Well now that I shared my favorite drink…stay tuned. I’ve got some new Hawaiian inspired recipes coming to the blog over the next couple weeks. Kalua Pig, Hawaiian Pizza, Pineapple Salsa, and much more!

Yield: 2 milkshakes

The Perfect Tan

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

The Perfect Tan is a delicious blend of ice cream, Baileys Irish Cream, and chocolate syrup.


  • 4 cup vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup
  • whipped cream and cherry for garnish


  1. In two large glasses, drizzle chocolate syrup around the insides of glass. Set aside.
  2. In a blender, process the vanilla ice cream with Baileys, until smooth and creamy. To make thicker, add more ice cream. To make thinner, add more Baileys.
  3. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and cherry. ENJOY immediately!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 875Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 110gFiber: 3gSugar: 98gProtein: 10g

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Love milkshakes? Here are a few of my favorites:


 S’mores Coffee Milkshake. Perfect afternoon treat!


 Nutella Coffee Milkshake: the nutella once combined with the ice cream gets a little bit of a crunch. YUM!


Chocolate Donut Milkshake: it sounds weird, but seriously. Give it a try!


BBC: another delicious Baileys drink!

Here are a few milkshake recipes from my friends:

The Perfect Tan: a boozy Baileys Irish Cream milkshake perfect for a hot summer day!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on June 15, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. I tried this. absolutely delicious my favorite treat ! Breyers vanilla bean ice cream a must! Great to have with the gals

  2. It seems like “The Perfect Tan” calls for Kahlua and Butterscotch Schnapps, according this website:

    The Perfect Tan
    Kahlua, Baileys, Butterscotch Schnapps, blended with ice cream … Sinfully Delicious!

  3. My husband and I were just discussing how we needed to go back to Hawaii for a visit. Maybe it’s time for us to decide where we’re retiring. 😉 I love anything with Bailey’s – this looks awesome!

  4. That IS the perfect tan. No sun damage, just breezy deliciousness. I’m very jealous of your Hawaii trip, by the way. Gotta check out pictures so I can be madly envious even more!

  5. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Hawaii — how fun! And this is my kinda milkshake, I can’t wait to give it a try!

  6. Good gravy!  I would love to be slurping that down while sitting by the pool in Hawaii!  What a gorgeous and delicious shake!!!

  7. Hahaha, when I saw the title of your post.. I wasn’t sure what you were going to be talking about 🙂 I think I should try this perfect tan! 

  8. This looks delicious and easy and you’re putting me in vacation mode. Well, my wife and I have really really dark skin and tan so easily. This is weird because I’m English and she’s English and Russian. Go figure. Our one daughter is dark like us and the other is like Casper. We have to put SPF of 70 on her constantly and she still burns, poor girl! 

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