Shake & Float Recipes

Classic milkshakes are not hard to make, our tried-and-true recipes for vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate shakes can't be beat for ease and irresistible creamy flavor. We also have creative flavors; Oreo, s'mores, and peanut butter shake recipes are sure to shake things up in a good way.

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Malted Milk Shakes

Rating: 4 stars 26
Shake up your typical milk shake with a touch of malted milk -- it'll add an irresistible flavor that will make you feel transported to an old soda shop.

Orange-Vanilla Shake

Rating: 3 stars 10
Replenish your zest for life with this sunny citrus smoothie that blends two peeled oranges with milk and vanilla to recreate a more fiber-rich version of an Orange Julius. 

Pumpkin Shake

A can of filling often yields more than what's required for a pie. That extra puree, however, is just enough to blend into a a delicious milk shake.

Brown Cow Float

Rating: 3.5 stars 12
This fun and delicious drink recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Kids, Spring 2005.

Strawberry-Banana Tofu Shake

Soft silken tofu provides the best results for this drink. If you only have firm or extra-firm silken tofu on hand, however, you can add as much as a quarter cup of extra soy milk to achieve the desired consistency. To reduce the fat, use the lite variety.

Bananas Foster Milkshake

The signature flavors from the dessert of the same name inspired this sweet-and-salty milkshake.

Tom Thumb Milk Shakes

Rating: 3 stars 15
The big idea here is that it's a small world after all.

Ice-Cream Sodas

Along with vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit and fruit compotes flavor these sodas.

Creamy Orange Shake

No ice cream is required for this refreshing milk shake.

Strawberry Shake

Rating: 3 stars 28
You may substitute other fresh or frozen berries, such as blueberries or raspberries, for the frozen strawberries.

Peach Ice Cream Soda

Rating: 4 stars 1

Blood Orange Float

Rating: 1 stars 1
As easy as pouring a bubbly bit of prosecco over scoops of your favorite sorbet, this festive drink is a breeze to put together.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Shake It Up: Our Very Favorite Milkshake and Float Recipes
As the temperature climbs higher, we love to find comfort and refreshment in a classic soda-fountain treat. So grab a straw (or two) and indulge in a cool, creamy milk shake or float.
Bloody Floats
Rating: 3 stars 23

This spooky Halloween cocktail can be made virgin with sparkling apple cider, or use sparkling wine for an adult beverage. Choose your potion, then mix it in a pitcher with concord grape juice and lime juice. Pour into individual glasses and top with a generous scoop of raspberry sorbet.