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10 milkshake recipes you have to make at home this summer

April 16, 2017

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet – so what better way to kick back and relax in the garden than with a chilled glass filled with a homemade milkshake. Quick to whizz up and with plenty of refreshing concoctions to choose from, milkshakes are the perfect summer indulgence and we’ve narrowed it down to ten recipes you just HAVE to try. Each recipe makes enough for two… blend away!

Dragon fruit

Cocktail umbrella at the ready – combine the pulp of a single dragon fruit with 1 cup of condensed milk, 1 cup of vanilla ice cream, 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 drops of vanilla extract. Ideal for gatherings in the sunshine, this exotic drink will most certainly impress your friends – and don’t forget to garnish with one of the natural world’s most beautiful fruits!

Butterscotch bliss

Nostalgic for those childhood puddings? Blend 3 cups of vanilla ice cream, ½ cup of semi-skimmed milk, ⅓ cup of butterscotch sauce and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add warm hot fudge sauce to the bottom of your tumblers before serving the mixture and layer with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of velvety butterscotch milkshake-y goodness.

Baileys mint chocolate chip

Forget the after-dinner mints – for a decadent milkshake (with a cheeky tipple), serve your guests a tray of these Baileys mint chocolate chip milkshakes. Blend 100ml of Baileys Irish Cream with 2 cups of mint chocolate chip ice cream for a sumptuous dessert drink. Cheers!

Birthday cupcake

Hosting a birthday party this summer? Who said it’s too hot for cake! For each guest, blend a cupcake of your choice, 1½ cup of vanilla ice cream and 1 cup of semi-skimmed milk. Whizz into a fun and frothy milkshake your guests will love sipping in the sunshine – just don’t forget the all-important rainbow sprinkles!

Coffee and donuts

Forget that lunchtime Frappuccino, a coffee and donuts milkshake offers the best of both worlds for summer strolls in the park! Blend ½ cup of coffee, ½ cup of milk, 1½ cups of vanilla ice cream, 1 glazed donut and 2 ice cubes. For a sophisticated mocktail, dust the rim with cinnamon sugar.

Toasted marshmallow

Still stuck in winter wonderland? You’ll soon warm to this fluffy shake creation. Blend a 200g bag of mini marshmallows, 1½ cups of vanilla ice cream, 1 cup of whole milk and ½ a teaspoon of vanilla extract. For the cooler evenings, toast a marshmallow and plop it into your glass for a delicious gooey topping.

Blueberry pie

Ever wondered what would happen if you threw a pie in the blender? Take a hearty slice of your favourite pie (we like blueberry) and whizz it together with 1½ cups of vanilla ice cream and 1 cup of milk. Garnish your milkshake with whipped cream and serve in a tall tumbler. A maraschino cherry on top makes it a garden-party treat for the young at heart.

Banana peanut butter

You’ll want to sip on this nectar all summer long. Combine 1 ripe banana, ½ cup of semi-skimmed milk, 1½ cup of vanilla ice cream, 1 teaspoon of smooth peanut butter and a handful of ice cubes. As the warmer months set in, freeze this mix into cute little popsicles and bring them out when you’re in need of an afternoon pick-me-up – ideal for kids too!

Salted caramel brownie

Combining sweet and savoury flavours, this milkshake is the perfect summer pudding substitute. Garnish with chunks of chocolate brownie and don’t hold back on the caramel sauce! Blend 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, ½ cup of semi-skimmed milk, 1 chocolate brownie and 3 tablespoons of salted caramel sauce. If you struggle to spot it in supermarkets, make your own sauce with this divine recipe.

Strawberry cheesecake

For this classic dessert favourite, blend 3 cups of vanilla ice cream, 2 oz. softened cream cheese, 1 cup of sliced strawberries, 1 cup of whole milk and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Serve these beauties in jam jars with straws and half a juicy strawberry for garnish. Don’t forget a sprinkling of digestive biscuit crumbs for a tasty upside-down crunch!

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    Jack is the editor of The Leisure Lounge. Expert in the art of writing things and putting them online. Loves travelling, especially anywhere in southeast Asia. Hates mushrooms.