A milkshake can be the ideal drink for your midnight snack or to refresh you on a hot summer day. The good news is that they are incredibly easy to make as you just need milk, ice cream, and a few extra ingredients. You can even create your own unique milkshake by adding your favorite flavors.
How to Make a Milkshake
First, you will need to get a blender of some sort. Any type of blender you find will be fine, including immersion or budget ones.
Once you have the equipment, you will need the ingredients. All milkshakes start with the same basic recipe and that includes the following ingredients:
1 or 1 ½ cups of milk
1 pint of ice cream
Your favorite flavorings (spices, coconut, fruit, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, etc.)
When all your supplies are together, put all of the ingredients in your blender. Cover the blender and blend up the contents until they are smooth. Remember you don’t want to overdo it and make a puree; instead let the milkshake stay thick.
Now that the shake is mixed, you are ready to serve it. Just pour it into a glass, add any garnish you want (such as fruit or a chocolate cookie) and serve it right away while it’s still cold.
Now that you know the basics of how to make a milkshake, you are ready to get a creative try. You can pick some of your favorite ingredients to add and make a unique treat. Here are some examples to get you started:
Chocolate Milkshake: This classic milkshake uses a pint of chocolate ice cream, 1 ¼ cups of whole milk and ¼ cup of a chocolate sauce (preferably all-natural).
Grasshopper Milkshake: To make this milkshake, opt for a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream, then add 1 ½ cups of whole milk and four sandwich cookies that are mint chocolate.
Cherry Vanilla Milkshake: For this milkshake, go with a pint of cherry vanilla ice cream, 1 ½ cups of whole milk, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and a ½ cup of frozen dark sweet cherries (pitted).
- For the best taste, find top-of-the-line ingredients. All-natural premium ice creams make your milkshake taste better than low-fat versions or those with additives. The same is also true to the milk and flavorings. When it comes to fruit add-ins, remember that riper ones are better.
- You can use a blender instead of a mixer, but be careful to prevent a mess. You can even let the ice cream thaw a bit, then mix it together with a spoon.
- Always remember to cover the blender before you start it.
- If you use too much milk, you will get a watery milkshake.
- If you are adding fruits (like bananas), mix the milk and ice cream first, then add them in.
- Serve your milkshake right after you make it. The longer it sits out, the more watery it will get.