Strawberry Milkshake
Strawberry Milkshake
5 from 3 votes
Indulge in a delightfully refreshing strawberry milkshake, a classic dessert drink that’s a blissful blend of fresh strawberries, creamy vanilla ice cream, and milk. Easy to make, perfect for summer!
Strawberry Milkshake

Ah, the ever-popular Strawberry Milkshake. There’s something quintessentially nostalgic and joyfully timeless about this fruity, creamy concoction that keeps us coming back for more.  

But have you ever wondered how this delightful drink came into existence, or pondered upon the journey it undertook to find its place in our hearts (and our refrigerators)? I mean, I know you didn’t come here for a history lesson, but bear with me – the tale is quite fascinating. 

The history of the milkshake dates back to the late 19th century, and it has undergone quite a transformation since then. The term “milkshake” first appeared in print in 1885, but back then, it was a potent blend of whiskey, eggs, and cream, more akin to eggnog than the sweet drink we know today.  

It wasn’t until the advent of electric blenders in the early 1920s that the milkshake began to evolve into the ice cream-based dessert we’re familiar with.  

Among the many flavours that emerged, the strawberry milkshake, with its bright, enticing colour and irresistible sweetness, quickly became a favourite. 

Now, the strawberry milkshake we know and love today is a celebration of simplicity at its finest. And that’s the beauty of it.  

It’s not overly complicated or adorned with pretentious ingredients. No, my dear friend, this classic recipe is delightfully straightforward and unapologetically delicious. 

In terms of difficulty, a strawberry milkshake is as easy as a recipe can get. I mean, can we even call it a recipe? It’s more of a delightful meeting of a few friendly ingredients who just so happen to produce magic when they get together.  

Fresh strawberries, creamy vanilla ice cream, a splash of milk, a dash of vanilla extract, and voila – you have a drink that’s nothing short of heavenly. 

And that’s where I come in, your humble guide to this culinary journey. My mission is to make sure you can whip up a mean strawberry milkshake that tastes like a sip of summer and a splash of childhood memories all at once.  

The kind that makes you want to close your eyes and say, “Ah, now that’s a good milkshake.” 

Now, I want you to keep in mind – this isn’t rocket science. This isn’t a souffle that’ll deflate if you so much as glance at it the wrong way. This is a strawberry milkshake we’re talking about.  

It’s fun, it’s playful, and above all, it’s forgiving. So, even if you’re a novice in the kitchen, don’t fret. This is the kind of recipe that’ll make you feel like a pro. 

So, whether you’re trying to cool off on a hot summer’s day, or looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, or simply trying to recapture a taste of those carefree days, this strawberry milkshake is just what you need.  

So, shall we dive in? Let’s embark on this delectable journey, one where every step is as fun as it is flavourful. 

What Ingredients to Use & Why 

As someone who adores the classic pairing of strawberries and cream, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the summer season than with a homemade strawberry milkshake.  

This simple yet delightful concoction encapsulates all the joy and flavour of ripe strawberries and brings them together in a cold and creamy package. Each ingredient contributes its own unique flavour and texture to this popular beverage, creating an indulgent yet refreshing treat. 

Strawberries: Strawberries are the soul of a strawberry milkshake, providing the distinct and beloved sweet-tart flavour. Fresh strawberries are the best, especially when they are ripe and in season, as this is when their flavour is at its peak. Additionally, strawberries are a great source of vitamins, especially vitamin C.  

However, if fresh strawberries aren’t available, you can use frozen ones. They’ll still give you that desired strawberry flavour and might even make your milkshake extra cold. 

Milk: Whole milk gives our strawberry milkshake its liquid base, contributing to the creamy texture of the milkshake. It helps to blend all the ingredients together smoothly. As a source of protein and calcium, milk also adds a nutritional boost to the milkshake. If you’re lactose intolerant or following a vegan diet, you can use plant-based milk like almond, soy, or oat milk as alternatives. 

Vanilla Ice Cream: Vanilla ice cream gives our milkshake its creaminess and enhances its overall flavour. It adds a richness that cannot be replicated by other ingredients. 

Its sweetness balances the tanginess of the strawberries, resulting in a harmonious blend of flavours. If you prefer a less sweet or healthier version, you can use Greek yoghurt instead of ice cream, but it will slightly alter the texture and taste of the milkshake. 

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract complements the sweetness of the strawberries and ice cream, adding depth and complexity to our milkshake. It’s subtle, but it makes a world of difference.  

If you don’t have vanilla extract, you can use a small amount of vanilla bean paste, or simply omit it. The milkshake will still be tasty, but vanilla extract truly elevates the flavour. 

After having a deeper understanding of these ingredients, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the blend of flavours and textures in your homemade strawberry milkshake even more. Each ingredient brings something unique to the table, contributing to a delightful beverage that is a testament to the joys of summer. 

Choosing the Best Type of Strawberry for Your Milkshake  

I’ve found that selecting the right kind of strawberry can make all the difference in creating the perfect strawberry milkshake. There’s a delightful balance to strike when choosing strawberries that will affect the sweetness, acidity, and overall flavour profile of your milkshake. 

Typically, I tend to favour ripe, fresh strawberries for my milkshakes. When in season, nothing beats their juicy sweetness and vibrant red colour. Locally grown strawberries often have the best taste as they’re allowed to ripen naturally.  

The sweeter the strawberries, the less sugar you’ll need to add, making your milkshake healthier. 

However, outside of the strawberry season, I turn to frozen strawberries. They are picked at peak ripeness and flash-frozen, locking in their sweetness and flavour. It’s a convenient option that also adds an extra chill to the milkshake, ensuring it stays cold longer. 

It’s important to note that while strawberries are the star, the type of strawberry you choose should also complement the other ingredients in the milkshake.  

For example, the creamy vanilla ice cream and milk in this recipe balance out the tartness of the strawberries, creating a harmonious blend of flavours. 

When you’re in the grocery store or farmers’ market, look for strawberries that are bright red, firm, and have a sweet, fruity smell. This usually indicates they are ripe and packed full of flavour. Avoid strawberries with white or green patches as they are likely underripe and will taste tart. 

Whether fresh or frozen, picking the right strawberries will help you craft a delicious, well-balanced strawberry milkshake.  

It’s about more than just throwing ingredients into a blender; it’s about creating an experience that delights the taste buds with every sip. So go ahead, choose your strawberries wisely, and enjoy the sweet rewards! 

Using Frozen Strawberries for Your Milkshake  

Creating a strawberry milkshake is one of my favourite activities, especially on warm, sunny days when nothing beats a chilled glass of fruity creaminess. Over the years, I’ve found that frozen strawberries can be a fantastic addition to a milkshake, and here’s why. 

One of the major benefits of using frozen strawberries is that they lend a wonderfully thick and cold consistency to the milkshake. When blended, frozen strawberries break down into small, icy particles, contributing to a refreshing, frosty texture. 

Furthermore, frozen strawberries are picked at their peak of ripeness and immediately frozen to lock in their flavour and nutrients. This means that they are often just as, if not more, flavourful than some fresh strawberries, particularly those that are out of season.  

Using frozen strawberries can help to ensure a consistently delicious milkshake all year round. 

But how do you incorporate frozen strawberries into your milkshake? It’s straightforward. Replace the fresh strawberries in the recipe with the same amount of frozen strawberries.  

There’s no need to thaw them before blending; in fact, blending them straight from the freezer will help to create that wonderfully cold milkshake. 

One tip I’d like to share is to check the sweetness of your milkshake before serving. Sometimes, frozen strawberries can be a touch more tart than fresh ones, depending on the variety and where they were grown. If you find your milkshake isn’t sweet enough, just add a little more sugar to taste. 

Don’t be afraid to use frozen strawberries in your milkshake. They offer a delightful thickness and consistent flavour that can take your milkshake to the next level.  

So, the next time you’re in the mood for a strawberry milkshake, reach for that bag of frozen strawberries, and blend up some icy, creamy goodness! 

A Guide to Substituting Vanilla Ice Cream in Your Strawberry Milkshake  

Being a milkshake enthusiast, I enjoy the freedom of customization that comes with making my own drinks. Ice cream is a staple in most milkshake recipes, but I’ve discovered that it isn’t the only option.  

There are several alternatives to vanilla ice cream that can still give your strawberry milkshake the creamy texture and delightful taste we all love. 

First, if you’re watching your calorie intake, consider low-fat or non-fat vanilla yoghurt. It offers a creamy base with a slight tang that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of strawberries. Also, Greek yoghurt is an excellent choice if you want a protein-rich milkshake with a thicker consistency. 

If you’re lactose intolerant or following a dairy-free diet, almond, coconut, or soy milk ice cream can be a great replacement. Each adds its own unique flavour to the milkshake, making it a deliciously diverse treat.  

Non-dairy frozen desserts made from bananas – often called ‘nice cream’ – also work wonderfully, with their natural sweetness complementing the strawberries perfectly. 

For a creamier, richer milkshake, try using a scoop of vanilla gelato. This Italian ice cream has a higher proportion of milk and less air, giving it a dense, velvety texture that’s truly luxurious. 

Lastly, if you find yourself without any form of ice cream at home, a combination of chilled milk and a bit more sugar can also work. The result may be a thinner milkshake, but it will still have a sweet, strawberry flavour that’s undeniably satisfying. 

The versatility of a strawberry milkshake lies in its adaptability. Feel free to experiment with these alternatives based on your dietary needs, preferences, and what you have on hand. Regardless of the substitution, your strawberry milkshake will still be a refreshing, delectable delight. 

Creating the Creamiest Strawberry Milkshake  

Over my years of making milkshakes, I’ve often been asked, “How do you make your strawberry milkshake so creamy?” The secret lies in the ratio of the ingredients and the technique used. 

Firstly, using the right amount of ice cream is crucial. In my strawberry milkshake recipe, I use 200 grams of vanilla ice cream. This creates the perfect balance of fruitiness from the strawberries and creaminess from the ice cream. 

Next, the type of milk matters. I prefer to use whole milk because its high-fat content contributes to a richer, creamier milkshake. Using low-fat or non-fat milk could result in a less creamy and more watery milkshake. 

Blending time is also a key factor. Blend the ingredients just until they’re smooth. Over-blending can introduce too much air and cause the milkshake to become frothy rather than creamy. If you’re using a high-speed blender, keep a close eye on it to ensure you don’t overdo it. 

Lastly, serving the milkshake immediately after blending helps maintain its creamy consistency. If a milkshake sits for too long, it can start to separate, with the heavier elements sinking to the bottom and the lighter, frothy parts rising to the top. 

Remember, achieving the creamiest strawberry milkshake comes down to balancing your ingredients correctly and blending with care. It may take a bit of practice to find your perfect formula, but the reward of that smooth, luscious strawberry milkshake is worth every bit of effort.  

Enjoy the process of experimenting and, most importantly, savouring your homemade creamy strawberry milkshake! 

Crafting a Vegan Strawberry Milkshake  

Throughout my culinary journey, I’ve come to appreciate the versatility of plant-based ingredients. They have allowed me to recreate traditional recipes in ways that cater to dietary preferences, allergies, and ethical choices. A fantastic example of this is my version of a vegan strawberry milkshake. 

To start with, replacing dairy milk is fairly straightforward. Almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk can be wonderful dairy-free options. Each brings a unique flavour to the table; I personally love almond milk for its subtle nuttiness, which complements the sweetness of strawberries. 

Then comes the challenge of replacing vanilla ice cream, which gives the milkshake its creamy texture and depth of flavour. My go-to replacement is coconut milk ice cream, which is creamy, subtly sweet, and widely available in most supermarkets.  

Alternatively, you can make your own banana-based ‘nice cream’ by blending frozen bananas until they reach an ice cream-like consistency. 

To ensure the milkshake has enough sweetness, I tend to add a touch of maple syrup or agave nectar. They’re both natural sweeteners that blend well with the other flavours. The amount to add will depend on the sweetness of your strawberries and personal preference. 

Lastly, vanilla extract is typically vegan, but it’s always a good idea to check the label for any hidden animal-derived ingredients. 

Creating a vegan strawberry milkshake involves identifying suitable plant-based alternatives that mimic the properties of traditional ingredients. 

The result is a creamy, flavourful milkshake that aligns with vegan dietary choices without compromising on taste. So go ahead and experiment, because enjoying a delicious strawberry milkshake doesn’t require any dairy at all! 

Adding Other Fruits to Your Strawberry Milkshake  

While the classic strawberry milkshake has a special place in my heart, I’ve found joy in experimenting with different flavour combinations. Adding other fruits to a strawberry milkshake can introduce exciting new layers of taste and colour. 

One of my favourite additions is bananas. They add a tropical sweetness and creaminess to the milkshake, blending wonderfully with the strawberries. A simple banana-strawberry milkshake can feel like a mini vacation in a glass! 

For a more tangy and refreshing twist, try adding citrus fruits like oranges or pineapples. They offer a bright burst of flavour that contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of strawberries. Just remember to balance the tanginess with a bit more sugar or sweeter ice cream. 

Berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, also work incredibly well in combination with strawberries. They contribute a more complex fruitiness and vibrant colour, making for a more sophisticated milkshake.  

However, they might leave small seeds in your milkshake, which some might not prefer. 

Another option is peaches, which lend a delicate sweetness and velvety texture to the milkshake. Peach and strawberry is a delightful combination that’s reminiscent of a warm summer day. 

The key to adding other fruits to your strawberry milkshake is balance. You want the flavours to complement, not overpower each other. Start by adding a small amount of the second fruit, then adjust to taste. 

So why not get creative and start blending? Adding other fruits to your strawberry milkshake can make for an exciting culinary adventure and a delightful treat.     

Make a Strawberry Milkshake Without a Blender  

I understand that not everyone has access to a blender. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying a delicious strawberry milkshake! There are alternative methods that I have tried and tested that yield tasty results. 

First, it’s essential to soften your ingredients. If you’re using fresh strawberries, ensure they’re ripe and soft. For the ice cream, let it sit out at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes until it’s easy to scoop but not completely melted. 

Start by mashing the strawberries with a fork or a potato masher in a large bowl. It’s okay if there are a few small chunks left; these add a delightful texture to the milkshake. If you want your milkshake smoother, simply mash for a longer time. 

Then, add your softened ice cream to the mashed strawberries. Using a sturdy spoon, mix it well until the strawberries and ice cream are thoroughly combined. You’ll notice the ice cream will start to melt a bit, making it easier to stir. The goal is to create a smooth, creamy mixture. 

Finally, slowly add your milk, stirring as you pour. I usually add a little bit of milk at a time to ensure a smooth consistency. Continue to stir until the milk is well incorporated. 

There you have it – a homemade strawberry milkshake without using a blender! It might be a little less smooth than a blended milkshake, but it will still have the sweet, creamy strawberry flavour we all love. 

Making a milkshake without a blender just requires a bit of elbow grease. It’s a fun and rewarding process that reminds us we don’t always need fancy kitchen gadgets to make something delicious. 

Adjusting the Sweetness of Your Strawberry Milkshake 

One of the joys of making a strawberry milkshake at home is the ability to tailor it to your taste. As someone with a sweet tooth, I like my milkshake to be just sweet enough to bring out the flavours of the strawberries and vanilla without being overly sugary. 

To begin with, the sweetness of your milkshake will largely depend on the strawberries you use. Fresh, ripe strawberries are naturally sweet, requiring less added sugar. If you’re using out-of-season or frozen strawberries, you might need to add more sugar to compensate for their tartness. 

The vanilla ice cream also contributes to the sweetness of the milkshake. Different brands and types of ice cream can vary in sweetness, so adjust accordingly. For example, if you’re using low-sugar or sugar-free ice cream, you may need to add more sugar to the milkshake. 

Adjusting the sweetness is simple. Start by preparing the milkshake according to the recipe. Then, taste it before serving. If it’s not sweet enough for your liking, add sugar a teaspoon at a time, blending and tasting after each addition until you achieve the desired sweetness. 

If your milkshake is too sweet, there are a couple of ways to fix it. Adding more milk will dilute the sweetness without altering the flavour too much. You can also add more strawberries, which will not only reduce the sweetness but also enhance the strawberry flavour. 

Don’t be afraid to adjust the sweetness of your strawberry milkshake. Making a milkshake at home means you have complete control over its flavour, and with a little trial and error, you can create a milkshake that’s perfectly sweet and utterly satisfying. 

Making and Storing Your Strawberry Milkshake Ahead of Time  

I understand the appeal of make-ahead dishes and drinks, especially when entertaining guests or managing a busy schedule. While a fresh strawberry milkshake is undoubtedly the best, there are ways to prepare it in advance. 

Making the milkshake ahead of time is just as easy as making it for immediate consumption. Follow the standard recipe, but you may want to add a touch less milk to make a thicker shake. This will help prevent the milkshake from becoming too watery when it’s left in the fridge. 

After preparing the milkshake, transfer it to an airtight container or a mason jar with a tight lid. The key is to minimize its exposure to air to keep it as fresh as possible. It’s worth noting that the milkshake will likely lose a bit of its frothy texture over time, but the flavour will still be delightful. 

As for storage, you can keep the milkshake in the fridge for up to 24 hours. I would advise against storing it for longer as the taste and texture can start to degrade. Before serving, give it a good shake or stir to remix any separated ingredients. 

While a strawberry milkshake is best enjoyed fresh, it’s possible to make it ahead and store it in the refrigerator. The result might be slightly less frothy, but it will still be a refreshing and delicious treat. It’s all about balancing convenience and quality to best suit your needs. 

Exploring Topping Options for Your Strawberry Milkshake  

The joy of making your own strawberry milkshake doesn’t end with blending the main ingredients; choosing the perfect topping is an adventure in itself. As a firm believer in the beauty of garnishes, I can say that the right topping can turn your milkshake from simple to sensational. 

Whipped cream is a classic choice that adds a luxurious touch. Its light, airy texture and subtle sweetness complement the thick, fruity milkshake wonderfully. To make it even more enticing, you can sprinkle some colourful sprinkles or chocolate shavings on top of the whipped cream. 

Fresh strawberries make a beautiful and tasty garnish. You can slice them and arrange them on top of the whipped cream or simply place a whole strawberry on the rim of the glass. Not only does this look appealing, but it also reinforces the strawberry flavour. 

Crushed cookies or biscuits can add an exciting crunch to your milkshake. I particularly enjoy using graham crackers or vanilla wafers for their sweet, buttery flavour. Simply crumble a few on top of your milkshake just before serving. 

For a decadent touch, consider a drizzle of chocolate or strawberry syrup. It’s visually striking and makes the milkshake even more indulgent. 

Lastly, a sprig of fresh mint can add a pop of colour and a refreshing aroma that contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of the milkshake. 

When it comes to toppings, the sky’s the limit! Mix and match to your heart’s content, and remember that the best topping for your strawberry milkshake is the one that makes you smile. So get creative, and enjoy the art of garnishing your perfect milkshake! 

Check Out These Other Recipes! 

If you enjoyed this delightful Strawberry Milkshake recipe, there’s more where that came from. Just like me, you’ll be smitten by the simple yet satisfying Cherry Cobbler. The fresh and tangy cherry filling, covered by a golden, flaky crust, will make your tastebuds dance with joy. 

Don’t get me started on the Snickers Milkshake. Each sip feels like a velvety, liquid candy bar swaying playfully in your mouth. This indulgence is just the thing I reach out for when I crave a pick-me-up on a lazy afternoon. 

The Mint Chocolate Milkshake is another favourite of mine. It’s a refreshing blend of minty freshness and creamy, rich chocolate. It’s like that mint chocolate chip ice cream you love but in a more slurp-able form. 

Oh, and if you’re in the mood for a morning kick-starter or an afternoon pick-me-up, you should definitely try the Banana Smoothie. I assure you, it’s a tropical vacation in a glass, and you won’t regret starting your day with its creamy, nutrient-packed goodness. 

Last but not least, give the Blueberry Smoothie a whirl. Brimming with antioxidants and vibrant flavours, it’s a surefire way to kick-start your day or provide a much-needed afternoon energy boost. 

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to dive into these alluring cold drink recipes and quench your thirst! Remember, I’m always here to guide you on your culinary journey, and your feedback and experiences enrich mine as well.  

Leave your thoughts in the comments section, and let’s keep the conversation going. 

Strawberry Milkshake

Strawberry MIlkshake

by Nabeela Kauser
Indulge in a delightfully refreshing strawberry milkshake, a classic dessert drink that’s a blissful blend of fresh strawberries, creamy vanilla ice cream, and milk. Easy to make, perfect for summer!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American, British, Western
Servings 2
Calories 299 kcal


  • 250 g Strawberries Hulled
  • 150 ml Milk Whole
  • 200 g Ice Cream Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • Place the hulled strawberries, milk, vanilla ice cream, sugar, and vanilla extract into a blender.
  • Blend until the mixture is smooth.
  • Pour the smooth mixture into two glasses.
  • Serve and enjoy your Strawberry Milkshake immediately.


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 7gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 111mgPotassium: 509mgFibre: 3gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 561IUVitamin C: 74mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 243mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Drinks, Fruit, Recipe, Strawberry, Summer
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