How to Make a Strawberry Milkshake

Strawberry Milkshake
Strawberry Milkshake. Mia Mueller-Schoel
    5 mins

While it’s not necessary to soak the strawberries in the sugar before blending, the sugar really pulls out the berries’ natural juice and intensifies the sweetness in a way that gives your milkshake amazing flavor. You could also use strawberry ice cream instead of vanilla for even more strawberry punch.

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What You'll Need

  • ½ pound fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • Small whole strawberries for garnish (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Cut the tops off the strawberries, and slice them into a few pieces.  In a medium bowl combine the sliced strawberries, sugar and vanilla extract and stir to combine well. Set aside and allow to sit, if you have time, for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  2. Place the strawberries with any juices, ice cream, and milk into a blender.   Blend until smooth. Pour into large glasses, and if desired put a strawberry on the rim of each glass. Serve immediately.

    What else can you add?  

    • A banana, for a Strawberry Banana Milkshake

    • Other berries in addition to -- or with -- the strawberries for a mixed berry shake.  Try blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

    • A scoop of malt powder for a Malted Strawberry Shake

    • Some chocolate syrup for a Strawberry Chocolate Milkshake

    • Whipped cream on top, and maybe some chocolate shavings or sprinkles

    Also, you can use frozen strawberries, either ones that you buy already frozen in the freezer aisle or you can freeze fresh strawberries and use those, if you want a very thick shake. You may need to add a bit more milk if the shake is too thick. Feel free to use any kind of milk you'd like, from 1% to whole, although whole would make a richer milkshake. You could also substitute dairy items with non-dairy milks and ice cream.

    Feeling creative with strawberries or berries in general? Try these fruity dessert recipes:
    Yogurt-Berry Pops
    Simple Raspberry Fool
    Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie
    One Pot Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
    Mixed Berry Clafoutis
    Ricotta Berry Breakfast Crostini
    Raspberry Streusel Coffee Cake with Sweet Vanilla Drizzle
    Raspberries with Olive Oil Blueberry Sauce
    Peach Blueberry Crisp

    Try these other dessert recipes as well. Some of these also make great gifts for family or friends:
    Sweet Potato Pie with Whipped Cream
    Sour Cream Biscuit Peach Cobbler
    Crystallized Ginger Shortbread
    Mini Banana Bread Loaves
    Pumpkin Gingerbread with Crystallized Ginger
    Moist Pumpkin Bread
    Saffron Coconut Macaroons
    The Best Streusel Apple Pie Ever
    Chewy Sugar Cookies
    Ebinger’s Blackout Cake
    One-Pot Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies
    Molten Chocolate Peanut Butter Cakes
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares