How To Make Strawberry Milkshake With Ice Cream


Today I am very happy to share with you how to make strawberry milkshake with ice cream. You will love this recipe because it is so easy to make an yummilicious!

Today I’m making Strawberry Milkshake with Ice Cream. It’s healthy, creamy and refreshing summer drink. You can also make it without ice cream and with other berries like raspberry. Pretty easy – perfect for kids or when you’re in a rush.

Strawberry Ice Cream Milkshake

This Strawberry Ice Cream Milkshake is made using strawberry ice cream and fresh strawberries.  This recipe yields a serving of 4 and is topped with whipped cream and served with a fresh strawberry as garnish.

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream Milkshake

This recipe calls for using fresh strawberries.  After washing and patting dry the fresh strawberries, hull them, and sprinkle sugar to cover all of the strawberries’ surface areas.

Chill them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes ahead of time so that the sugars can bring out the natural flavors of the strawberries.

It also gives the strawberries to firm back up before adding them into the blender.  Make sure to pick strawberries that are ripe.

That way, you are adding fully ripe and juicy strawberries to your milkshakes and not adding strawberries that are underripe and have white centers.  Make sure to leave a few strawberries out to garnish the glass with!

Strawberry ice cream milkshake with whipped cream and fresh strawberry garnish.

Strawberry Ice Cream vs Vanilla Ice Cream

This recipe calls for strawberry ice cream but you can use vanilla ice cream if you would like to.  Using vanilla ice cream will alter the taste of the milkshake as it will have less of a strawberry flavor.

You can also purchase strawberry ice cream that has a cream mix-in but we prefer just plain strawberry ice cream.  Either way that you make it if you want the milkshake to be pink, you will need to add red food coloring to the blender.

If you don’t want to use food coloring, just simply leave it out.  🙂

What’s in Strawberry Ice Cream Milkshake

  • Strawberry ice cream
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sugar
  • Fresh strawberries – washed and dried
  • Whipped cream, optional
  • 6 drops of red food coloring

How to Make a Strawberry Milkshake

Prepare the strawberries- Prepare strawberries by hulling them.  Sprinkle the 2 tbsp of sugar on the strawberries and place them in the refrigerator to chill for about 15 minutes to allow them to firm back up. Reserve a few strawberries for garnish.

TIP: A strawberry huller is a quick tool to use.

Add ingredients to the blender- Scoop the strawberry ice cream into a blender and top with the milk and the vanilla extract.

Add the drops of red food coloring to the blender. The drops of red food coloring can be omitted but it won’t be as pink.

Blend the milkshakes- Pulse the milkshake ingredients until blended.

Add the desired amount of strawberries blend until the strawberries are in small bits.

Serve- Divide the strawberry ice cream milkshakes between 4 glasses and top with whipped cream and strawberries.

Strawberry ice cream milkshake with whipped cream and fresh strawberry garnish.

Easy to Make Homemade Milkshake

This recipe makes 4 12 oz servings so it’s a great Valentine’s Day treat for the family and fun for movie night!

You can use smaller glasses for the kids (it works well if you have more than 3!) and top the strawberry ice cream milkshakes off with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry.

It’s a simple sweet treat using simple ingredients and it’s done very quickly!

Strawberry ice cream milkshake with whipped cream and fresh strawberry garnish.

Strawberry Ice Cream Milkshake

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This milkshake is made with strawberry ice cream and fresh strawberries

PREP TIME10 minutes

CHILL TIME15 minutes

TOTAL TIME25 minutes


  • 16 scoops strawberry ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 package fresh strawberries
  • whipped cream, optional
  • 6 drops red food coloring


  1. Prepare strawberries by hulling them.  Sprinkle the 2 tbsp of sugar on the strawberries and place them in the refrigerator to chill for about 15 minutes. 
  2. Leave a few strawberries for garnish.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop 14 scoops of strawberry ice cream into a blender.
  4. Add in the milk and vanilla.
  5. Place 6 drops of red food coloring into the blender.
  6. Blend until the desired consistency.
  7. Add in the desired amount of strawberries and blend until the strawberries are small bits – it takes just a few seconds. 
  8. Serve with whipped cream and garnish with a fresh strawberry.

Yummy Strawberry Shake

Tastes yummy and delicious!


Yummy Strawberry Shake

Recipe Summary


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  • 4 cups strawberries, hulled
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 cups strawberry ice cream
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

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  • Step 1In a blender combine strawberries, ice, milk, ice cream and sugar. Blend until smoothn

Strawberry Milkshake

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Everybody should know how to make a delicious Strawberry Milkshake! It’s so easy! A handful of ingredients and a blender are all you need to make yourself the perfect summer cool-off treat.

There’s really nothing better than treating yourself to a milkshake on a hot day! Strawberry is one of my favorites, along with my Banana Milkshake and Indonesian Avocado Milkshake.

A glass of strawberry milkshake, topped with whipped cream and a strawberry.

Want to make me happy? Make me a milkshake!

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Even better, make me a strawberry milkshake.

Truth be told, strawberry is not usually my flavor choice when I’m picking out some ice cream to eat. But for milkshakes? Oh, it’s absolutely the best!

The secret to the perfect strawberry milkshake is using strawberry ice cream. Most recipes I’ve seen blend vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries, and – in my opinion – don’t deliver the same strawberry flavor!

Just some good quality ice cream will get you there, but add a little bit of heavy cream (and maybe even some fresh strawberries), and you have perfection.

Seriously, give this a try! It’s so delicious and so refreshing that you will want to make it over and over again, all summer long! ☀️☀️☀️

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To make a strawberry milkshake, you will need:

  • Strawberry Ice Cream – or best results, choose high quality Tillamook Oregon Strawberry Ice Cream. The ice cream will determine both flavor and texture, so you want to go with this premium ice cream. 
  • Milk – You can use any kind of milk you like (even dairy-free), but whole milk is my personal favorite because it produces a creamier shake!
  • Heavy Cream – I like to add a little bit of heavy cream for a creamier/thicker milkshake. You can skip if desired and substitute for a little more milk or half and half.
  • Whipped Cream – Because – let’s be honest – no proper milkshake skips on the whipped cream topping! 😉
  • Fresh Strawberries – for decorating.
A close up shot of a carton of Tillamook strawberry ice cream.
A carton of Tillamook Oregon Strawberry ice cream.

What is the best brand of strawberry ice cream?

I’m not gonna beat around the bush: my favorite strawberry ice cream is Tillamook Oregon Strawberry Ice Cream. Everything else can’t compare!

Extra creamy, with extra juicy strawberries that were picked fresh in Oregon, Tillamook Ice Cream has less air and more cream than other ice cream brands. And you’ll be able to notice immediately! I purchase mine at my local Wegman’s. Click here to add this to your Wegman’s shopping cart!

I find that while I need to let other ice creams sit for a while before they get creamy, Tillamook Ice Cream is magically already there right out of the freezer. What sorcery is this, Tillamook? ♥️

Jokes aside, the fact that this strawberry ice cream is so creamy is the reason it makes the best strawberry milkshakes! Your blender won’t have to work too hard, and you won’t risk thinning out the milkshake too much in the process.

The results? Indulgent, silky smooth milkshakes every single time!

A glass of strawberry milkshake without toppings.

How to Make a Strawberry Milkshake

“Do I really need a strawberry milkshake recipe? Can’t I just mix ice cream and milk and call it a day?”, said everyone who ended up with a runny, unimpressive shake.

It’s all about the ratio of ice cream to dairy! For me, that ratio is 5 scoops (about 2 cups) of ice cream to 1/2 cup of dairy, which I split between milk and heavy cream.

To me, the perfect milkshake is creamy and thick enough for a spoon to stand in, but not too thick that you can’t drink with a straw.

Now, it is worth mentioning that my perfect milkshake might not be your perfect milkshake. But if you follow my recipe, you can then add more liquid or ice cream to make it thinner or thicker.

As for equipment, you do not need a milkshake maker to make milkshakes. Yes, they are fun and I hope to own one in the future! But a high speed blender works just as well

Recommended tools and equipment: ice cream scoop, high speed blender or milkshake maker.

Here’s how I make a strawberry milkshake. As always, you will find the printable (and more complete) version of the recipe at the end of this post!


  • If your ice cream is too hard, let it sit out for a few minutes before blending. That will make the blender’s job easier and, as a result, you won’t be tempted to add more – unnecessary – milk, which can cause your milkshake to be too liquidy.
  • Combine the milk, cream and ice cream in the blender. Start with the liquids first, as that will get the blender going faster.


  • Blend until smooth.
  • Taste it! You can then add more milk to thin it out or more ice cream to make it thicker.


  • Pour the milkshake in a glass and top with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry.

Olivia’s Tips

  • If you want your strawberry milkshake to be a bright pink color, you can a tablespoon of strawberry jam. Without it, the milkshake will be a pale pink.
  • For a stronger strawberry flavor, add 5-10 fresh strawberries to your shake.
  • If you like icier milkshakes, add a handful of ice to the blender with the milkshake ingredients. Be careful not to blend too long, or the ice will melt and you’ll just water down your milkshake.
  • To keep your milkshake cold longer – and to make it look even nicer – pop your glass in the freezer for 10 to 30 minutes.
  • This recipe makes one large restaurant-style milkshake, or two smaller servings. But you can easily double, triple, quadruple, etc, if serving a crowd!

Strawberry Milkshake with Ice Cream

With summertime right around the corner and fresh juicy strawberries at their peak, this strawberry milkshake with ice cream is sure to hit the spot!


Strawberry Milkshake with Ice Cream

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Recipe Summary


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  • ⅓ cup 1% milk
  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 4 ounces strawberry ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry syrup, divided
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream (Optional)
  • 1 large strawberry for garnish


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Combine milk, strawberries, and strawberry ice cream in a blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Step 2Drizzle 1 1/2 teaspoons strawberry syrup on the inside of a glass jar. Pour in milkshake. Garnish with whipped cream and remaining strawberry syrup.
  • Step 3Take reserved strawberry and carefully cut at an angle but do not cut completely through. Place strawberry on the rim of the glass. Insert a straw and enjoy!

Strawberry Milkshake

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Prep:25 mins

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Total:25 mins

Servings:2 servings



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There’s nothing quite like a milkshake when that’s what you’re craving, and they feel so nostalgic and old-fashioned. Creamy, frothy, sweet, and icy cold, milkshakes can cool you off on a hot and humid day or satisfy an ice-cream urge in a unique way. This recipe is extra sweet, as it calls for fresh strawberries, but you can use frozen ones if that’s all you have.

While it’s not necessary to soak the strawberries in sugar before blending, it’s an extra step that makes a difference. That little bit of sugar (just a tablespoon) pulls out the natural juices and intensifies the sweetness in a way that gives your milkshake amazing flavor. Letting the strawberries sit in the sugar before blending macerates and softens them, and it really does the trick. Sometimes the sweetness of fresh berries can vary, and using a little bit of sugar amplifies the natural sweetness. If you really, truly love strawberries, use strawberry ice cream instead of vanilla.

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“I was concerned that adding sugar to the strawberries might make the milkshake too sweet, but it was great. Thick and frosty, easy to make, and a refreshing summertime treat. The vanilla extract really helped the flavors pop, not just the vanilla but the strawberries too. A winner!” —Danilo Alfaro

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A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 1/2 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Small whole strawberries, garnish

Steps to Make It


  1. Gather the ingredients.Ingredients for a strawberry milkshake
  2. Cut the tops off the strawberries and slice them into a few pieces.The tops cut off whole strawberries
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the sliced strawberries, sugar, and vanilla extract and stir to combine well.Combine sliced strawberries and sugar
  4. Set aside and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes and for up to 1 hour.Set aside the strawberries
  5. Place the strawberries with any juices, ice cream, and milk in a blender.Strawberries, milk, and ice cream in a blender
  6. Blend until smooth.Blended strawberry milkshake
  7. Pour into large glasses and, if desired, put a strawberry on the rim of each glass.Blended milkshake


  • You can use frozen strawberries that you buy in the freezer aisle, or you can freeze fresh strawberries and use those if you want a very thick shake. You may need to add a bit more milk if the shake is too thick.

Recipe Variations

  • If you are looking to add more flavor to your strawberry milkshake, try adding a banana for a strawberry banana milkshake. (It’s a good use for frozen bananas.)
  • Include other berries in addition to the strawberries for a mixed berry shake. Try blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
  • Add a scoop of malt powder for a malted strawberry shake.
  • Drizzle it with chocolate syrup for a strawberry chocolate milkshake.
  • Dollop some whipped cream on top, and maybe some chocolate shavings or sprinkles.
  • You could also substitute all of the dairy items with non-dairy milk and ice cream.

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