classic American milkshakes

According to polls, in the US at least, the thick ice cream based milkshake is the most popular drink to go with a burger. So, with that in mind, we decided to go with a few simple classics rather than follow the recent trend for goodie-laden freakshakes. Check out our post and video on classic American burgers to complete the combo.

The base of any classic milkshake, and this was news to me, is vanilla ice cream – regardless of milkshake flavour. Choose good quality vanilla ice cream, and let it defrost to the consistency of soft scoop. We used cold full fat milk, but you could use skimmed if you wish. You could even choose a plant based milk and ice cream – there are so many non-dairy alternatives around these days.

The quantities of ingredients may need to be tweaked slightly depending on the glasses you use. We used a standard volume stemless sundae glass. A bit like a school water glass but much bigger.

Classic milkshake base

2 scoops vanilla ice cream, softened

250ml cold milk

For strawberry milkshake add…

5 large ripe strawberries

Strawberry ice cream syrup (to decorate)

Extra strawberry (to decorate)

For banana toffee fudge milkshake add…

1 ripe banana

Toffee ice cream syrup (to decorate)

1 square fudge, chopped or tiny fudge pieces (to decorate)

For mint choc chip milkshake add…

2 tbsp plain choc chips

1 tsp peppermint extract/oil

Chocolate ice cream syrup (to decorate)

Extra choc chips (to decorate)

  1. Place the main ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth.
  2. Swirl syrup around glass, add straws, and pour in the blended shake.
  3. Top with whipped cream and garnish with syrup and extras.
  4. Serve with our classic American burgers, and a retro flourish.