Creamy Milkshake Recipes

Part drink, part dessert, all delicious

A relic from the days of soda fountains, the milkshake blurs the line between drink and dessert. There's nothing quite like that rich mixture of ice cream and flavorings, blended until just barely thin enough to sip through a straw. From family-friendly classics to adults-only indulgences, we’ve rounded up our favorite milkshake recipes.

Chocolate versus vanilla is an age-old conflict in the ice cream world. We don't think you need to make a choice. Our black and white shakes pairs vanilla ice cream with chocolate ice cream and chocolate sorbet, plus banana to add a little fruitiness and creaminess.

For something extra fruity, our strawberry milkshake incorporates strawberry flavor in three ways: with ice cream, sorbet, and jam. A little lemon juice brightens the shake up, while milk thins it out slightly. Or go for blueberries with our blueberry pie milkshake, which actually contains a whole piece of blueberry pie blended with vanilla ice cream.

The Grasshopper is a sweet, minty cocktail made with crème de menthe and crème de cacao. Adding ice cream to the mix makes for a rich grown-up milkshake. The basic formula is versatile—make a Golden Cadillac by substituting the crème de menthe for Galliano, a sweet liqueur with a vanilla-anise flavor. The Pink Squirrel replaces the crème de menthe with almond-flavored crème de noya. The liqueur’s red color makes the drink a whimsical shade of pink that will make you feel like a kid again.

Find all of these shakes and more in our collection of our favorite milkshake recipes.

Date Shake

Date Shake

Supposedly invented in the 1930s by a California date farmer, date shakes are a popular drink at roadside stands in the Coachella Valley.Matt Taylor-Gross
Blueberry Pie Milkshake

Blueberry Pie Milkshake

A scoop of vanilla ice cream and a hefty slice of pie go into the blender together, and out comes the ultimate dessert: A creamy shake with buttery crumbles of pie crust and ribbons of gorgeous fruit filling throughout.Todd Coleman
Maple Syrup Milkshake

Maple Syrup Milkshake

Vanilla ice cream is a natural partner for dark, Grade B syrup: simple and bracingly cold, with overlapping layers of sweetness, they're at their best blended together in a milkshake.Yossy Arefi
Avocado-Mint Shake

Avocado-Mint Shake

This chilly treat is an adaptation of one served at the Royale Eatery, a burger and shake shop in Cape Town, South Africa. A simple purée of avocado, ice cream, mint leaves, and ice, it's sweet, rich, and dense enough to stand a spoon in. Get the recipe for Avocado-Mint Shake »Laura Sant
Grasshopper

Grasshopper

At the Greenwood Supper Club in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, the minty grasshopper gets a soda-shop twist with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.Michael Kraus
Golden Cadillac

Golden Cadillac

The Greenwood Supper Club in Fish Creek, Wisconsin mixes Galliano with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream for a grown-up sundae.Michael Kraus
Pink Squirrel

Pink Squirrel

This rose-hued variation on a grasshopper from The Greenwood Supper Club in Fish Creek, Wisconsin trades crème de menthe for almond-flavored crème de noya.Michael Kraus
Peanut Butter Bourbon Milkshake

Peanut Butter Bourbon Milkshake

Maple syrup and a healthy dose of bourbon add a delectable kick to this grown-up take on a vanilla milkshake, served at Seattle's Skillet Diner.Todd Coleman
Bananas Foster Milkshake

Bananas Foster Milkshake

Caramel and rum are perfect partners for bananas in this thick and creamy milk shake, a riff on a classic New Orleans dessert; we got the idea for the shake from our friend Drew Curren, chef of 24 Diner in Austin, Texas. You can substitute a porter beer for the rum, if you like.Caitlin Santomauro
Malted Caramel Shake

Malted Caramel Shake

Indulge in a creamy, frosty blend of caramel and vanilla.André Baranowski
Vanilla Banana Black & White Milkshake

Vanilla Banana Black & White Milkshake

This recipe for a chocolate and banana layered shake is based on one in Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes (Norton, 2009) by Adam Ried.André Baranowski
Strawberry Milk Shake

Strawberry Milk Shake

This recipe is based on one in Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried.André Baranowski
Avocado Shake

Avocado Shake

This creamy, sweet shake-made without ice cream-is a popular Indonesian snack.Matt Taylor-Gross