The Best Milkshake You’ll Ever Have (with a Secret Ingredient!)

Alex has taught me the beauty of milkshakes. Before we met, I always preferred cookies or ice cream. But then he explained, “Milkshakes are like licking the cream off the top of a pail of fresh milk in a barn; fresh and delicious.” They’re the perfect sweet afternoon treat. Luckily, Tara from Seven Spoons agreed to share her favorite recipe (with a secret ingredient)…

The Best Milkshake You’ll Ever Have
By Tara O’Brady of Seven Spoons

It seems shameless that my best-ever milkshake recipe begins in the liquor cabinet. There’s good reason, though; when my folks returned from a trip to Cuba, they brought me back the most gaudily beautiful bottle of coconut rum. The stuff smells like summer holidays, and tastes like grown-up candy. And when it’s combined with ice cream, the trashy tipple is almost elegant. Turn that into a milkshake, and now you’ve got something dangerously addicting.

I like to keep the base fairly simple; a good amount of quality ice cream, fragrant vanilla and—here’s the kicker—mascarpone cheese for a fresh, bright tang.

From there you can take the flavor pretty much anywhere, but for this coconut version, you’ll need coconut milk and coconut rum, along with some toasted coconut. So much of what we associate with coconut’s taste is tied to its texture; you’ll be amazed by the difference a sprinkle of flakes can make.

I like to dribble a spoonful of chocolate syrup, not fudge, into each glass. Chocolate fudge would be too thick, too rich and just too much, but quality chocolate sauce has enough bitterness to give an edge to all the sweetness that’s here already. Cheers!

Recipe: The Best Coconut Milkshake
Serves 4 nicely, or 2 greedily

You’ll need:
2 tbsp. sweetened, flaked coconut
1/2 cup (125 ml) coconut milk
1/4 cup (60 ml) mascarpone, or full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
Seeds scraped from 1/2 a vanilla bean or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Optional: 1 1/2 oz. coconut rum (or to taste)
2 cups (500 ml) firmly-packed vanilla ice cream
2 tbsp. (30 ml) chocolate sauce (here’s my favorite recipe)
Freshly whipped cream, to serve

In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the flaked coconut, stirring often, until it begins to crisp without taking on too much color, around 5 minutes. Remove coconut to a small bowl and set aside.

To make the milkshakes, process the coconut milk, mascarpone cheese, vanilla and coconut rum in a blender. Once smooth, add the ice cream and blend again until just combined.

To serve, drizzle the chocolate syrup between four glasses. Pour the milkshake into the glasses, topping with whipped cream and a sprinkle of the toasted coconut. Enjoy immediately.

This looks incredible! Thank you so much, Tara.

P.S. See more best recipes, including chocolate chunk cookies and chocolate ice cream.

(Photos by Tara O’Brady of Seven Spoons. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)

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  3. mb says...

    yes. i know now what i will slurping down tonight as i make deadline. can’t go wrong with a milkshake w some spirit!

  4. mb says...

    yes. i know now what i will slurping down tonight as i make deadline. can’t go wrong with a milkshake w some spirit!

  5. yummy, i love secret ingredients and tips, i always follow them and i have yet to be let down.

  6. I didn’t have dinner yet and now I’m considering a milk shake instead. Yum!

  7. Sounds like a delicious milkshake, I like the unusual idea of adding cheese to the milkshake and coconut.

  8. I was hoping you would have my favorite secret milkshake ingredient that I learned from my dear ol’ dad- AN EGG. Raw. Fresh. I can’t even describe how much tastier it is with an egg. Amazing.

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  10. The only word coming to mind right now is WOW. Also…NOW PLEASE!!

  11. Holy cow… nothing about that sounds bad!! I love milkshakes!! Thanks for posting :)

  12. I’m having a hard time trusting the taste of someone who thinks chocolate syrup is better than chocolate fudge under any circumstance. Ever. :) but seriously …

  13. I may or may not have been drooling when I read that recipe. Want/Need. This. Now. Yum.

  14. How much ice cream does this recipe call for. Am I just a bad reader that I can’t see it?

  15. It’s been so hot lately, I could definitely use a milkshake!

  16. Oh my good golly! This seems like my soulmate in food form!! Can’t believe I have to wait til I do my next food shop to make it, can’t wait :)

  17. Happy National Milkshake Day! What a way to celebrate!

  18. YUM! My secret ingredient is adding lots of whipped cream when mixing all ingredients!

  19. Happy National Chocolate Milkshake Day! Was that on purpose?

  20. This looks amazing! I think these would be great to serve as dessert for a retro style wedding…yum!

  21. oh yes that does sound good indeed! And summer’s not quite over yet : )

  22. Oh, so delicious looking!
    Just ate some hot Indian for late lunch…

  23. Sounds amazing. Yum!

  24. that’s a great idea! i’ve never thought of starting milkshakes at the liquor cabinet, but now i won’t go back ;)

  25. oh my godness!
    i have to try that out!

  26. um … YES! I need this in my life. Thanks for sharing.

  27. This looks so good! The creative foodie ideas with something like this are endless!

  28. Ahhh I am going to have to try this asap! My husband got me a milkshake maker for my birthday…because I might have an addiction. Shhhh!

  29. This sounds good. But I’m not sure anything can surpass my absolute favorite….. a toasted marshmallow shake. They make them at a burger joint by union square called ‘The Stand’. Or you can search for recipes on the web too. They’re ridiculously delicious!!

  30. AWESOME – going to try is a soon as possible…

  31. on friday i have some friends for dinner, i was just wondering something…thank you!

  32. Looks delicious!!! Can’t wait to try it…thanks for sharing!!

  33. I love all your food posts, but this one- I think I might have to go buy some ice cream and mascarpone tonight!

  34. Yum yum! be great for dinner parties as could prep it in the morning :)

  35. You could literally put mascarpone in anything and I’d eat it. Sounds delish!

  36. This sounds AMAZING!
    Will definitely have to stick this on Pinterest to try later!