Chef Time!

Chef Time!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Baby I Got the Shakes For You!

Rich, creamy and smooth milkshakes are the perfect summertime indulgences. With a combination of ice cream, milk and flavors like strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. But you can also slip in your favorite pie, cake or even cookies, for that perfect flavor. So let your imagination run wild.
Just a little history about milkshakes, before I give you my favorite recipes.
The first "milkshake" dating back to the late 1800's, was an eggnog type drink laced with whiskey and served as both "a sturdy, healthful tonic" and as a treat.
By 1900, a hand shaken combination of ice, milk, sugar and flavorings were referred as a milkshake. It wasn't until the early 1920's, with the invention of the electric blender, that the milkshakes began to take on their current creamy, thick whipped form. By the 1930's, milkshakes were the popular drinks at the local soda fountains and malt shops, which were used by students as local hangouts.
Now class, the history lesson is over and it is time to have a milkshake or two. Class dismissed!

Orange Sunset Milkshake

1/2 oz. Strawberry topping
1/2 oz. Raspberry topping
3/4 c. Orange juice
2/3 c. Orange sorbet
2/3 c. Raspberry sorbet
2/3 c. Vanilla ice cream
2/3 c. Frozen yogurt

Combine ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.

Banana Milkshake

4 generous scoops vanilla ice cream
1 very ripe banana, sliced
3/4 c. Milk

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until thick and smooth.
Chef's note: For an even thicker shake, freeze the banana slices before blending.

Pina Colada Milkshake

20 oz. Can of pineapple chunks, drained
1/3 c. Cream of coconut
2 oz. Rum
2 c. Vanilla ice cream
Toasted coconut and maraschino cherries, for toppings

Drain pineapple chunks and place in blender. Discard the juice. Add the cream of coconut, rum and ice cream. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with the toasted coconut and cherries. Drink immediately and enjoy!

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