Dom Pedros

Dom Pedros are one of  South Africa's best kept secrets! For South African's finishing off a pleasant evening in friendly company with a round of Dom Pedro's and Irish Coffee's is practically an institution. I am unsure where the name Dom Pedro came from considering the main component is Whiskey, but there are rumours that the drink itself origonated from Argentina and was named after Dom Pedro the 1st.

The recipe is simple and easy to prepare in a blender. In essence Dom Pedro's are merely alcoholic milk shakes.


1-3 shots whiskey depending on strength preferred
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 cup milk
chocolate sauce for garnish (mostly reserved for the Kahlua variety)
maraschino cherry for garnish

Place Liquor, Ice cream and Milk in the blender and blend till a good semi thick milkshake consistency is reached. Serve in a white wine glass. If using the chocolate sauce garnish option run a line of chocolate sauce in a wavy pattern around the inside of the glass directly before serving. The sauce will run a little bit and create a pleasing effect once the Dom Pedro is poured. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

There are several popular alternatives to whiskey that have become a standard request, but any liquor that tickles your fancy can be used. Kahlua rivals whiskey in the bid for Dom Pedro supremacy but these alternatives are not far behind.

Bailey's Irish Cream