Milkshakes from Ice Cream Social.
Some sweet shakes from Ice Cream Social. Credit to my former employer, OnMilwaukee.

That’s not a hypothetical question. Tonight, Annah and I met up with our friends Caroline and A.J. at Ice Cream Social, a wonderful mid-century themed outdoor boozy shake establishment off the side of At Random. As it’s currently the middle of October, the air temperature was a brisk 40 degrees, and we were bundled up accordingly.

In spite of the nippy weather, all four of us ordered ice cream drinks and drank them with glee. Maybe too much glee. I don’t think my drink lasted longer than fifteen minutes before it was completely gone. And you see the size of the shakes, they’re not dainty little darlings. No no no no no, these are some thick boys. But I’m thicker, dammit.

What drinks did we get? Well that’s getting a little personal, sir, but I guess I’ll sip and tell. Because I live in a constant state of 1965, I got a grasshopper shake, Annah got a Brandy Alexander shake, and Caroline and A.J. got… other drinks that I don’t remember because I didn’t place the order for them. Either way, they looked good!

During the course of our conversation, we wondered what Ice Cream Social would do once the weather got really cold. Allegedly, they’re planning on getting heat lamps and tents, and already have plans for Christmastime. If so, I am so down, because neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor polar vortex can stop me from eating sweet dairy treats.

It’s really a problem how much I enjoy ice cream. Some people have alcohol as their vice, others cigarettes. For me, it’s sweets. Anything sweet, I want it. But I also want substance. What’s the perfect combination of sweetness and substance? Ice cream! It doesn’t matter how cold it is, I’ll eat it. Even if I’m already cold, I’ll eat something that makes me colder, because it tastes so good! Shoot, we only got home an hour ago, and I already want ice cream again.

Aside from the constant source of ice cream, another reason that I’m excited for Ice Cream Social’s continued existence is that it’s a way to see people! It’s outside, the tables are separated from each other and large so you can keep your distance from your friends, and it’s got a great atmosphere. Working from home every day for the past sixth months has left me somewhat starved of human interaction, so having a place where I can see people I love while drinking delicious shakes.

So, Caroline and A.J., if you’re reading this (and you’ve made it this far), it was great to see you, I’ve missed you, and we should do this more often. Now, I’m gonna go eat some more ice cream.

Dan O'Keefe

Dan O'Keefe is the head chef at 21 in New York City. He has never cooked before in his life. You can find him on Twitter @danokeefe86 or on Instagram @dlraar


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