By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published May 22, 2018 at 1:01 PM

It might be rainy and dreary today. But our great Milwaukee summer is coming, and it's the perfect time for a great many things, from Sunday Fundays on the patio with friends to playing volleyball at Bradford Beach, picnicking at a local park or spending 10 glorious days listening to music at Summerfest (which is currently just a scant five weeks away).

As of this week you can add another summer treat to your list: spiked milkshakes from The Ruckus, 4144 N. Oakland Ave.

These boozy new offerings come in four flavors:

  • Pina colada: with coconut spiced rum and fresh pineapple
  • Old fashioned: with bourbon, orange bitters and cherry simple syrup
  • Dirty De Leche: featuring tequila, spiced fudge, salted caramel and mexican chocolate crumbles
  • The ChaCha: a creamy treat complete with Rumchata and salted caramel

Each shake is made with The Ruckus’s fresh-spun vanilla ice cream and will sell for $6.50.

"From the beginning we created The Ruckus to be a place for kids big or small," notes Scott Schwebel, vice president of brand, marketing and retail. "And boozy shakes are a really fun way to offer those bigger kids a really delicious fun adult treat."

Schwebel says these offerings are just the start of what will become a series of booze-infused treats at the family-friendly burger stand.

The Ruckus, which is currently open weekdays from 4 to 9 p.m., will launch its new summer hours on Friday May 25. Beginning Friday, hours will be Monday through Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.