How To Make A Coffee Milkshake [Super Smooth Recipe]

Coffee and ice cream is a classic pairing found around the world- from Italy’s famed affogato to Germany’s eiskaffee.

It makes perfect sense to blend the two together into a rich and creamy milkshake.

The bitter coffee is balanced by the sweet ice cream and the smooth result is a textural masterpiece. 

Americans are so enamored with the beverage, they have even declared a National Coffee Milkshake Day, fittingly held in mid-summer.

Here we present a recipe for an ultra-smooth and ultra-simple coffee milkshake that highlights premium ingredients.

Coffee Milkshake

Blending coffee and ice cream together into a rich and creamy milkshake makes perfect sense. The bitter coffee is balanced by the sweet ice cream and the smooth result is a textural masterpiece. This recipe for an ultra-smooth and ultra-simple coffee milkshake highlights premium ingredients.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword coffee milkshake recipe
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 761 kcal


  • 1 cup cold brew
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tbsp chocolate syrup (and more for topping)
  • 1 oz liqueur (optional)
  • whipped cream
  • blender
  • measuring spoons


  1. Put the ice cream, cold brew coffee, and chocolate syrup into the blender and puree

  2. Pour the drink into a tall, chilled glass, then top it with whipped cream and chocolate syrup

Recipe Notes

For a less creamy and more refreshing beverage, consider replacing one scoop of ice cream with 3 or 4 ice cubes

How to Make the Coffee Milkshake

The beauty of this perfectly creamy coffee milkshake is in its simplicity -essentially just ice cream and coffee.

For that reason, it is especially important to choose the best quality of both.

PRO TIP: This recipe uses cold brew coffee which is prized for its low acidity and bitterness and super smooth and light body. The flavour profile of cold brew is a perfect base for the creamy milkshake.

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Now that you got all the ingredients and equipment needed for this milkshake, here is how to make it:

Step #1: Make cold brew coffee

There are plenty of ways to make cold brew, and many don’t require any fancy equipment.

Even just a mason jar and some beans will do the trick.

As another option, many coffee companies now sell pre-bottled cold brews in the local supermarket. Or, simply visit a nearby coffee shop and bring home a cup-full.

To learn everything you need to know (and more!) about cold brew, you can check out this extensive guide.

Step #2: Put the blender to work

Put the ice cream, cold brew coffee, and chocolate syrup into the blender and puree.

Try not to blend any longer than is necessary or you’ll begin to heat up the ingredients.

If the mixture feels too thick, you can thin it with a bit of milk; if it’s too thin, add some extra ice cream. You can also take a quick taste and add more chocolate syrup if need be.

Optional: If you’d like to make this an “adult” milkshake, adding an ounce of liqueur is a great way to enhance the flavor. Coffee, chocolate or hazelnut liqueurs are all well-suited to this recipe.

PRO TIP: For a less creamy and more refreshing beverage, consider replacing one scoop of ice cream with 3 or 4 ice cubes. Not only with the ice lighten the drink a bit, it will also help keep it extra cold during blending.

Step #3: Garnish and serve

No milkshake is complete without a little flair on top! Pour the drink into a tall, chilled glass (or two, if you’re the sort of person who can share their milkshake) and get creative.

The classic topping is a swirl of whipped cream and an extra drizzle of chocolate syrup, but feel free to add your own touch.

Caramel sauce, chopped nuts, sprinkled chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or even a cherry on top would all be appropriate.

There is no shortage of ways to mix coffee and cream, and nearly all of them are delicious. But the blending of coffee and ice cream may just be the most decadent of all.

This recipe is an ideal showcase for best-of-the-best ingredients, but also provides a perfect base with which to get more inventive. 

Try using mint-chip ice cream, cocoa-sweetened whipped cream, caramel syrup, or almond liqueur!

Searching for another way to mix your coffee with ice cream?

We got you: check this Iced Coffee Chocolate Ice Cream Float recipe.

Making Home Made Ice Cream

Bonus! A recipe within a recipe!

Another option, which can bring both the experience and the flavor of this already incredible beverage to a whole new level, is making the ice cream yourself.

While this can sound daunting, really all you need are a few fairly basic ingredients along with an ice cream maker, and you should be good to go.

Here’s a quick rundown on making your own ice cream.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

  • 2 cups of half and half

  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream

  • 14 tbsp of sugar (.875 cups)

  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

  • 2 tbsp peach preserves

  • A pinch of salt

  • A candy thermometer

  • Saucepan

  • An ice cream maker

  • Container with a lid

Making the Vanilla Ice Cream

  1. Put all of the ingredients (including the vanilla bean right in its hull) into the saucepan, and stir until everything is as dissolved as possible.

  2. Bring the mixture to 170 degrees (you can use the candy thermometer to check this part).

  3. At this point, you can remove the vanilla bean hull and allow the mixture cool.

  4. Place the mixture into the container with the lid and “age the mixture” in the refrigerator for six hours at least (overnight is ideal, if you have the foreknowledge to get this ready beforehand).

  5. Once “aged,” freeze the ice cream mixture in the ice cream maker until it reaches the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.

  6. Finally, at this point, you can transfer the ice cream back into a container with a lid and then put it back into the freezer for at least an hour before serving. This will allow it to harden a little bit more, and keep it from melting too quickly in the cup.

And there you have it. Homemade ice cream for your homemade Super Smooth coffee Milkshake!

Cheers! Your Super Smooth Coffee Milkshake is Now Ready

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