How to make the PERFECT vanilla milkshake

Reminiscent of countertop service and carhop days, there is nothing better than a perfect milkshake. Luckily, making one at home is extremely easy. This easy milkshake recipe gives you the perfect ratio of milk to ice cream and is completely customizable! 

Can I make it ahead of time?

Surprisingly, yes! Blend up your milkshake and pour it into your glass, then stick it back in the freezer. Just let it sit out for 5 minutes or so before it’s drinkable again! It’s a fantastic party hack. 

What are good mix-ins?

Oooh, our favorite question! The mix-ins are endless. You can add Oreos, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, brownies, cookie dough, chocolate syrup, or fruit. Anything you like! Add peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate chips for a Chunky Monkey vibe, or caramel, coconut, and chocolate chips for a Samoas-like milkshake.

If you don’t want your mix-ins completely blended, like brownies or cookie dough, stir them in after blending the ice cream and milk. 

Can I make a milkshake without a blender?

Yes! And it’s easier than you think! Add your ice cream and milk to large bowl and use a rubber spatula to stir until the milk is incorporated and then pour into a glass. Simple!

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  • 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.