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

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. 

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.

Brown Cow Float

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

S'mores Milkshake

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

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.

Creamy Orange Shakes

Rating: 3 stars 1
Remember the Creamsicle? A similar marriage of orange and vanilla is featured in shakes that blend ice cream, sherbet, and fresh juice and zest from your favorite oranges. Garnish with organic orange blossoms (remove before drinking).

Strawberry Shake

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

Creamy Orange Shake

No ice cream is required for this refreshing milk shake.

Black Forest Shake

Rating: 3.5 stars 7
An after-dinner drink for every age: Chocolate ice cream and cherries, blended into a thick milkshake. This frosty recipe comes from Stacy Pershall of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

Ice-Cream Sodas

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

Banana Milk Shake

Rating: 3.5 stars 84
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).

Inspiration and Ideas

A Genius Bridal Shower Theme: A Retro Ice Cream Parlor
Skip the standard bridal shower brunch and opt for a seriously sweet pre-wedding party—literally.
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.
Raspberry and Lemon Sorbet Floats
Rating: 4 stars 5

When topped with ginger ale, scoops of store-bought sorbet become an innovative dessert that's light enough to enjoy any time of day.