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How to make a great milkshake

Updated on September 26, 2010

The easy method

The simple recipe for a decent milkshake is just to add 2 cups of ice cream, 1 cup of milk, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract to a blender and blend until smooth.

There are, however, much less boring milkshake recipes with more flavor and texture that you should try out. I'm going to explain how to make these milkshakes, including some more exotic ones like the famous McDonalds Shamrock Shake, which can only be purchased at the fast food restaurant in March around St. Patick's Day. Now you'll be able to make one all year round.

The McDonald's Shamrock Shake

This recipe is a close approximation of the one used by McDonald's in their restaurants. I cannot swear that it is 100% accurate or I'll probably get sued, but it tastes exactly the same to me.

Add the following ingredients to a blender: 2 cups of vanilla ice cream, 1 1/4 cup of 2% milk, 1/4 teaspoon of mint extract, 8 drops of green food coloring. Blend until smooth. Make sure the ice cream all gets blended in so there are no chunks.

The Apple Pie milkshake

Take 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk that's been chilled and add to blender. Add a cup of chilled applesauce. Add 1/2 cup of apple cider. Add half a teaspoon of apple pie spice. Add 2-3 cups of crushed ice. Blend until the whole thing is smooth, then garnish with apple wedges. Alternatively, blend in some apple slices to the mix to give it that "Orange Julius" kind of texture.

An Eggnog Milkshake

Blend 1 cup of eggnog, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and one scoop of vanilla ice cream until smooth. Sprinkle with some nutmeg. For holiday gatherings just multiply the ingredients for the number of partakers. Also, add some liquor if the gathering becomes a bit too stodgy.

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