Learn ALL the secrets to making this super thick, extra creamy, strawberry milkshake. Made with real strawberries and vanilla ice cream – it’s the perfect shake for a hot summer day.
Is there anything better than a strawberry milkshake? Cold, creamy, so thick that your straw stands straight up, and filled with juicy berries. Nothing quite hits the spot like an old-fashioned strawberry shake.
As a kid, every spring/early summer my Dad would buy a HUGE flat of strawberries in this local fundraiser. The day that we brought it home, we’d spend the morning hauling strawberries that needed to be frozen. And then it would be time for strawberry milkshakes.
The strawberry fundraiser was always one of the best signs of summer. We’d come home and gorge ourselves on bright red, juicy berries. And it also meant that there was a supply of frozen strawberries for milkshakes for weeks.
Because when it comes to summer, a strawberry milkshake or two is definitely in order.
How to Make the Best Strawberry Milkshake
Ok – here’s the rundown on the recipe. To get started, you’ll need:
- ½ pound strawberries -> bright red strawberries that are red or pink in the middle (instead of white) will give you the best flavor.
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 pint high quality vanilla ice cream. Go for ice cream made with real cream, none of that frozen dessert stuff.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract.
- And ½ cup milk. I like to use 2% or whole milk for the creamiest, most delicious flavor. We’re not trying to save calories here.
Now for my milkshake making tips.
- Slice your strawberries, toss them in sugar, then place them in the fridge to macerate. This steps really brings out the juices of the berries, therefore adding so much real strawberry flavor. I like to place them in the fridge to macerate for an hour, but even 10 minutes can work wonders.
- If you don’t have fresh berries, you can definitely use frozen berries too.
- Pop your glasses in the freezer to chill. When your glasses or cold, it helps prevent melting and therefore your milkshakes stay thick longer.
- I use vanilla ice cream because that’s usually what I have on hand. But you can also use strawberry ice cream.
- Feel free to play around with the amount of milk depending on how thick you like your milkshake.
This recipe will make 2 giant restaurant-sized milkshakes, or 4 more reasonable sized milkshakes. You end up with the perfect, real-deal, old-fashioned strawberry milkshake that’s thick, creamy, and seriously addicting.
- ½ lb strawberries
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup milk
- Haul the strawberries and slice.
- Toss the strawberries with the sugar and place in the fridge for 20-60 minutes to let the juices come out.
- Add the strawberries, ice cream, vanilla and milk to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into 2 large glasses or 4 smaller glasses and enjoy.