When the term “milkshake” was first used in print in 1885, milkshakes were an alcoholic drink that was described as a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink, with eggs, whiskey, etc., served as a tonic and a treat”. However, by 1900, the term began to refer to “wholesome drinks” made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups occasionally with ice cream. By the 1930s, Hamilton Beach introduced the stand blender and milkshakes instantly become a popular drink at malt shops and soda fountains, where students gathered to hang out. Milkshakes, burgers, ice cream sundaes, and jukebox music ultimately came to define the American teenager of the time.
Original Vanilla Milkshake
- 2 cups Vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup Whole milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Combine ice cream, milk, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend on high until smooth, a minute or two. Serve in glasses with straws.
- To make chocolate milkshake, use chocolate iced cream and 2-3 tbsp chocolate syrup.
- Do the same strawberry ice cream with strawberry syrup or coffee iced cream and syrup for coffee shakes.