Milkshake Recipes

Your cheat sheet of 30+ milkshake recipes. Make almost any milkshake with vanilla ice cream and a few simple ingredients.

I’ve posted quite a few milkshake recipes over the last couple of years, and it was about time to compile all of these recipes in one place for easy reference.

So I present to you my milkshake cheatsheet. If you’re craving a specific milkshake (or maybe don’t even know what milkshake you want) chances are you can find the recipe here.

If you’ve read my How to Make a Milkshake post, you’ll know that to make the best milkshake you need to start with the right ratio of milk to ice cream. The sweet spot for this is 1½ cups ice cream to ½-¾ cup milk.

This will give you a shake with a thick, creamy consistency but one that you can still drink it with a straw. Use more milk for a thinner shake, less milk for a thicker one.

All the recipes below start with this ratio + mix-ins. Put all those ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth and pourable, and you’re going to have a great shake on your hands.

It’s not necessary to add toppings to shakes, but it sure is fun. And for an extra pretty shake, take any of the sauces below and swirl them around the inside of the glass before adding the blended shake.

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milkshake recipes


milkshake recipes

If you’re looking for the perfect milkshake, look no further than our easy recipe. All you need is a blender, ice cream and milk to create this classic dessert.

Prep: 5min

Total: 5min

Yield: 1 serving(s)

Nutrition Facts: calories 217 Calories, Fat 11 g, Saturated Fat 7 g, Cholesterol 43 mg, Sodium 93 mg, Carbohydrate 24 g, Fiber 1 g, Sugar 23 g, Protein 5 g


  • 4 large scoops (about 1 1/2 c.) vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • Whipped topping, for garnish
  • Sprinkles, for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish


  1. In a blender, blend together ice cream and milk.
  2. Pour into a glass and garnish with whipped topping, sprinkles, and a cherry.

30 Easy Milkshakes To Make At Home

milkshake recipes

This list of milkshake recipes is more than just classic vanilla or chocolate. Instead, it’s got everything from avocado and whiskey to pumpkin spice and even bacon!


  • Oreo Milkshake
  • Strawberry Milkshake
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Milkshake
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake
  • The Healthiest Peanut Butter Milkshake
  • Lemonade Milkshake
  • Dates Milkshake Recipe | Date Shake Recipe
  • Piña Colada Milkshake
  • Chocolate Milkshake
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries Milkshake
  • Whiskey Praline Milkshake
  • Key Lime Milkshake
  • Spiked Grasshopper Milkshake
  • Tiramisu Milkshake
  • Adult Mexican Chocolate Milkshake
  • Sweet Cherry Vanilla Milkshake
  • Strawberry Milkshake Without Ice Cream
  • Salted Caramel Milkshake
  • Vanilla Milkshake Without Ice Cream
  • Best Ever Banana Milkshake
  • Mocha Milkshake without Icecream
  • ‘Black Forest’ Chocolate Cherry Milkshake
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate
  • Blueberry Milkshake
  • Chocolate Banana Milkshake
  • Coffee Milkshake
  • Bacon Milkshake
  • Avocado Milkshake
  • S’mores Milkshake
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshakes


  1. Select your favorite recipe.
  2. Organize all the required ingredients.
  3. Prep a delicious recipe in 30 minutes or less!

How To Make the Absolute Best Milkshake at Home

milkshake recipes

All you need is a pint of ice cream, milk, and some smart techniques to make the creamiest, dreamiest milkshakes.

Prep: 300sec

Total: 300sec

Serving Size: Serves 2

Nutrition Facts: Saturated Fat 18.3 g, unSaturated Fat 0.0 g, Carbohydrate 79.7 g, Sugar 69.3 g, servingSize Serves 2, Protein 9.5 g, Fat 30.5 g, calories 608 cal, Sodium 158.7 mg, Fiber 3.8 g, Cholesterol 0 mg


  • 1 pint ice cream (about 2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup milk, preferably whole
  • 1 tablespoon malted milk powder or powdered milk
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla or chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped candy, nuts, cookies, or fruit
  • Chocolate syrup or sauce
  • Caramel sauce
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Sprinkles
  • Finely chopped nuts


  1. Let the ice cream soften. Let 1 pint ice cream sit out at room temperature until starting to soften, 10 to 15 minutes (softened ice cream will blend with ease and require less milk to get things moving). Give the container a squeeze — it shouldn’t be rock hard and should give slightly when it’s ready. Meanwhile, chill the glasses and prepare any mix-ins.
  2. Chill your glasses and chop any mix-ins. If you have room in your freezer, stick 2 tall drinking or milkshake glasses in there, or else chill the glasses in the refrigerator. This will ensure the milkshake stays cold as long as possible. Coarsely chop until you have 1/2 cup mix-ins of your choice, you want the pieces to be about 1/2-inch.
  3. Layer the ingredients in the blender. Layer the ingredients in a blender in this order: 2/3 cup milk, flavor boost if using, and softened ice cream. Don’t put in any mix-ins yet!
  4. Blend the milkshake. Starting on the lowest speed and working your way up to medium speed, blend until the milkshake is smooth and pourable, about 1 minute. Stop the blender and scrape down the sides or stir as needed to keep things moving. You want a final consistency that pours like lava.
  5. Pulse in the mix-ins. If using mix-ins, add 1/2 cup to the blender and stir it in so that it’s submerged. Pulse a few times (6 to 8 pulses) to just combine, do not overmix or the mix-ins will pulverize and make the milkshake gritty.
  6. Serve the milkshake. If desired, drizzle some chocolate syrup or caramel sauce down the sides of the chilled glasses. Divide the milkshake between the glasses. Garnish with toppings as desired and serve immediately with straws.

Milkshake Recipes Cheat Sheet

milkshake recipes

Your milkshake recipes cheat sheet. Make almost any milkshake with vanilla ice cream and a few simple ingredients.

Prep: 7min

Total: 7min

Yield: 1

Serving Size: 1 milkshake

Nutrition Facts: calories 257 kcal, servingSize 1 milkshake


  • 1½ cups ice cream (about 3 large scoops, slightly softened)
  • ½ to ¾ cup milk (any percentage)
  • Seeds scraped from ½ vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate sauce
  • 1 large banana
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 4 Oreos
  • 1 additional Oreo (broken into pieces for topping)
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dulce de leche


  1. In a blender, combine ice cream, milk, and any mix-ins, and blend until pourable.
  2. Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream if desired, and enjoy!

5 Easy Milkshake Recipes


What is the best milkshake to make?

Top 10 milkshakes
  • Strawberry marshallow.
  • Blueberry cheesecake.
  • Raspberry and white chocolate.
  • Pina colada.
  • Triple nut caramel.
  • Neapolitan.
  • Choc malt.
  • Apple pie puff.

What is the best ratio for a milkshake?

1 cup ice cream to 1/4 cup milk is a great ratio. Blend the shake. In a blender, combine the milk and ice cream and blend until smooth.

What is the best thickener for milkshakes?

Add more ice cream to thicken your milkshake, or you can use heavy whipping cream instead of milk. Usually, yogurt and crème fraiche does the trick too. These are a few of the easiest methods to use for a creamy and thick consistency for homemade milkshakes.

Should I use ice in a milkshake?

Yes. Ice (especially in cubes) does help thicken a milkshake. It’s best to crush the ice into small cubes and toss it with the rest of the ingredients.

About the author

Helen is an author and editor at, who has a passion for writing about recipes. She loves to experiment with different ingredients and cooking techniques to create delicious and unique dishes.

Among all the foods, pizza holds a special place in her heart, and she loves exploring different variations and toppings to create the perfect slice. Through her writing, Helen hopes to inspire others to get creative in the kitchen and share their love for food with the world.

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