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.

Staff Picks

Malted Milk Shakes

Rating: 3.96 stars
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.

Brown Cow Float

Rating: 3.58 stars
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.

Strawberry Shake

Rating: 2.79 stars
You may substitute other fresh or frozen berries, such as blueberries or raspberries, for the frozen strawberries.

Banana Milk Shake

Rating: 3.46 stars
For a healthier version, you may substitute the ice cream for frozen yogurt or any other ice cream alternatives.From the book "Jamaican Cooking" by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Macmillan).

Creamy Orange Shake

No ice cream is required for this refreshing milk shake.

Root Beer Float

Rating: 3.64 stars
There are many good-quality regional root beers. Buy the best one you can find in your area.

S'mores Milkshake

The frosty version of the campfire classic is bound to be hit on a hot summer's day.

Bananas Foster Milkshake

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

Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake

Vanilla ice cream is doctored with powdered peanut butter and Concord grape jelly in this milkshake inspired by the childhood favorite sandwich.

Date Shake

Rating: 3.5 stars
The date shake has been one of the iconic symbols of Palm Springs since the 1920s -- make one at home today.

Inspiration and Ideas

Shake It Up: Milk Shake 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.

Refreshing Melon-Sorbet Float

Is this melon-sorbet float a drink or a dessert? With something this cool and delicious, it doesn't matter what you call it -- or when you serve it. As you make the melon balls, scoop some extras to keep in the freezer so you can serve up another round of these dairy-free floats in an instant.