Delicious Coffee Milkshake Recipe to Satisfy Your Cravings

Are you an avid coffee lover, but also enjoy a sweet treat on a hot summer day? Then look no further than this Coffee Milkshake Recipe. With a combination of rich, creamy ice cream and bold brewed coffee, this milkshake is the perfect indulgent beverage for any occasion.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and a blender, you’ll be sipping on a perfectly blended coffee milkshake in no time. Plus, there are several variations and substitutions that you can make to customize the recipe to your liking.

So whether you’re craving the classic taste of vanilla ice cream with a hint of coffee, or want to experiment with adding peanut butter or cocoa powder, this recipe has got you covered. Trust me, once you try this Coffee Milkshake Recipe, you’ll never go back to plain old iced coffee again.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Milkshake
Coffee Milkshake

Attention coffee lovers! If you haven’t tried a Coffee Milkshake yet, then boy, are you missing out. Let me tell you why you’ll love this recipe.

Firstly, it’s a perfect treat for all seasons. Whether you’re craving something cold and refreshing on a hot summer day, or something warm and cozy on a chilly evening, the Coffee Milkshake has got you covered. With its blend of ice cream and brewed coffee, it’s the perfect balance of both worlds – creamy and cool while not too icy.

Secondly, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. All you need are a few simple ingredients such as brewed coffee, vanilla ice cream, milk, and some instant coffee granules. You can customize it to your liking by adding peanut butter, cocoa powder or any other ingredient of your choice. Simply blend everything together in a blender jar till it’s smooth and creamy and voila! – Your Coffee Milkshake is ready.

Thirdly, it’s versatile enough to be paired with anything savory or sweet. Sipping on a Coffee Milkshake alongside your favorite sandwich or burger can make your lunch hour all the more delightful. On the other hand, pairing it with some chocolate chip cookies can be an indulgent after-dinner treat.

So what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch of this deliciousness and enjoy. Believe me; your taste buds will thank you for it.

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your caffeine and cool cravings with this delicious coffee milkshake!
Satisfy your caffeine and cool cravings with this delicious coffee milkshake!

Here’s a list of all the ingredients you’ll need to make a delicious coffee milkshake:

Brewed Coffee

  • 2 cups of brewed coffee, cold
  • 1/4 cup of coffee syrup (or 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules)

Ice Cream

  • 2 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup of chocolate ice cream (optional)


  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup of cream

Cocoa Powder

  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Peanut Butter

  • 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter (optional)

Note: If you want a more intense coffee flavor, swap out the vanilla ice cream for coffee ice cream. You can also use any type of milk you prefer – whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, or soy milk – but keep in mind that the fat content will affect the overall creaminess and flavor of your milkshake.

The Recipe How-To

 It's like having your morning cup of joe and a milkshake all in one.
It’s like having your morning cup of joe and a milkshake all in one.

Step One: Brew some coffee

Start by brewing a strong cup of coffee. You can use either instant coffee or freshly brewed coffee, but make sure the coffee is cold before using it in the recipe. If you are using freshly brewed coffee, let it cool to room temperature, then stick it in the fridge until it’s cold enough.

Step Two: Blend the ingredients

In a blender jar, add 2 cups of vanilla ice cream, 1/4 cup of cold coffee, and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. If you want your milkshake to have a stronger coffee flavor, add an additional tablespoon of instant coffee granules to the mix.

Step Three: Add milk

Next, pour in 1/2 cup of cold milk or cream. You can use any type of milk you like, but whole milk or cream will give your milkshake a thicker and creamier texture.

Step Four: Blend it!

Blend all the ingredients together until everything is well combined and smooth.
If you find that your mixture is too thick to blend smoothly, add a bit more milk or ice cream.
If your mixture seems too thin and runny, add more ice cream or cocoa powder to thicken it up.

Step Five: Serve and enjoy

Pour your freshly blended milkshake into a tall glass, and top it off with whipped cream or chocolate syrup if desired.
Enjoy immediately while it’s still cold and delicious!

Substitutions and Variations

 This is the perfect treat for those hot summer days.
This is the perfect treat for those hot summer days.

If you’d like to mix things up a bit, there are several substitutions and variations that you can make in this coffee milkshake recipe.

Firstly, if you’re a fan of peanut butter, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of smooth or crunchy peanut butter to the blender jar. This will give your milkshake a nice nutty aroma and creaminess. You can also replace the cocoa powder with 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup to give it a chocolatey twist.

If you’re looking for a stronger coffee flavor, use 2 cups of brewed coffee instead of 1 cup. You could also use espresso or 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules for the perfect coffee kick.

For those who prefer a thicker, creamier milkshake, add an extra scoop of vanilla ice cream or reduce the amount of milk by ¼ cup. Alternatively, if you want a lighter version, swap the ice cream for frozen yogurt.

If you want to make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the whole milk with almond milk, soy milk or coconut milk instead. You can also replace the ice cream with non-dairy ice cream such as coconut milk ice cream.

Lastly, you can incorporate some new flavors by adding in a few drops of vanilla or almond extract, 1-2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup for sweetness, or a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for a delicious, warming spice.

Whatever variation you decide on, be sure to adjust the measurements accordingly and enjoy experimenting with this tasty coffee milkshake recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Creamy and indulgent, this milkshake will melt your heart.
Creamy and indulgent, this milkshake will melt your heart.

The delicious Coffee Milkshake is best served chilled, in a large glass or a tall tumbler. You can pour the milkshake into a frosted glass, and it’ll not only look fabulous but also keep the milkshake cold for longer. Add a swirl of whipped cream on top, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, and sprinkle some cocoa powder to make it extra dreamy.

This coffee milkshake recipe pairs well with a range of treats. A classic pairing would be peanut butter cookies or even breakfast items like muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls, or croissants. A slice of chocolate cake, brownies or chocolate chip cookies can take your coffee fix to another level.

If you want to step up your pairing game, serve the Coffee Milkshake with some savory bites like grilled cheese sandwiches or avocado toast. The possibilities are endless, and it all depends on your preferences.

In addition to being incredibly tasty, this indulgent drink can be a fun afternoon activity for kids and adults alike. Set up a “Milkshake bar,” and let everyone choose their preferred toppings like sprinkles, crushed candy bars or Orios.

Overall this recipe is versatile and perfect for any occasion– whether you’re having friends over for brunch, need an afternoon pick-me-up, or just looking for a sweet treat after dinner.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Make it in minutes and be transported to a coffee shop without leaving your home.
Make it in minutes and be transported to a coffee shop without leaving your home.

One of the best things about this coffee milkshake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer for later. To make it ahead of time, simply blend all the ingredients together as directed in the recipe, but leave out the ice cream. Instead, transfer the coffee ice to an airtight container or a large zip-top bag and store it in the freezer until ready to use.

When you’re ready to enjoy your coffee milkshake, simply combine the coffee ice with the vanilla ice cream and blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a bit of milk blended machine to thin it out.

If you have leftovers and want to store them for later, transfer the remaining coffee milkshake to an airtight container and keep it in the freezer. The milkshake should last for up to 1 week. When you’re ready to reheat the milkshake, allow it to thaw for 10-15 minutes before blending it again in your blender jar.

For best results, I recommend storing and reheating each portion separately rather than trying to thaw and blend the entire batch at once. This will help ensure that your coffee milkshakes are always cold and refreshing without being watered down or diluted over time.

Overall, this coffee milkshake recipe is perfect for anyone who loves cold drinks but wants to avoid spending too much time preparing them. With just a few simple ingredients and a bit of preparation time, you can enjoy delicious and refreshing coffee shakes anytime!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A heavenly mix of coffee, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup.
A heavenly mix of coffee, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup.

When it comes to making a coffee milkshake, the key to getting it right is all in the details. As a barista, I’ve made countless coffee milkshakes and have picked up some useful tips along the way.

Here are some tips to help you make the perfect coffee milkshake every time:

1. Use cold brewed coffee or chilled instant coffee

Try to avoid using hot or warm coffee as it can melt the ice cream too quickly. Cold coffee will give your milkshake a more refreshing taste and texture.

2. Balance the Coffee Flavor

Balance out the flavors by adding just enough brewed coffee, instant coffee or espresso powder. Don’t go overboard as it can easily overpower the rest of the flavors.

3. Add Ice Cream Gradually

Add ice cream gradually in small portions until you reach your desired thickness and consistency. Doing so will ensure that your milkshake is not too thick or thin.

4. Experiment with Different Flavors

If you want to mix things up, try adding some peanut butter, cocoa powder, or chocolate syrup to create unique flavor variations.

5. Use Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream’s sweet and creamy flavor works well with coffee’s bold flavor profile. It’s also a great base for adding additional flavors, like chocolate or peanut butter.

By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to making a delicious and refreshing coffee milkshake that will satisfy any caffeine craving.


Now that you know all about my coffee milkshake recipe, let’s dig into some frequently asked questions to ensure that you’ve got everything covered. These FAQs are commonly asked by coffee enthusiasts and beginner baristas alike, and you may find them super helpful in perfecting your coffee shake skills. So, let’s get started!

What is a coffee milkshake called?

This type of milkshake, commonly known as a “coffee cabinet,” is a popular drink in the area of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. It usually contains a blend of coffee ice cream, milk, and coffee syrup, all mixed together using a milkshake blender or a drink blender.

What is difference between frappe and milkshake?

When it comes to making different types of coffee, there are certain distinctions to be made between a Frappe and a milkshake. While a Frappe consists primarily of ice cream and a small amount of milk, a milkshake is prepared by combining milk and various flavors. Typically, Frappes are prepared using a blender, while milkshakes can be whipped together without the use of a machine.

Can I add coffee to vanilla ice cream?

For an unconventional but delicious coffee experience, combine a serving of cappuccino with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Alternatively, you could experiment even further and pair your coffee with a bold or unusual ice cream flavor.

Can you use coffee grounds for a milkshake?

For this recipe, we opted to utilize ground coffee beans instead of the usual cold brew or brewed coffee. The results were impressive as the shake was infused with a rich flavor. However, it’s necessary to own a high-powered blender to grind the beans finely enough.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the coffee milkshake recipe is a perfect choice for anyone who wants a tasty and refreshing drink. This recipe is simple, easy to follow, and customizable with many variations and substitutions. Whether you prefer peanut butter or cocoa powder or both, this recipe can be adapted to your taste.

The key to making a perfect coffee milkshake is using good quality ingredients such as brewed coffee, ice cream, and milk. Whether using instant coffee granules or freshly brewed coffee, always try to use the best coffee available for the recipe.

When making this recipe, don’t hesitate to experiment with different ingredients and variations such as adding chocolate syrup or espresso shots for an extra boost of flavor.

Overall, the coffee milkshake recipe is a fantastic treat that’s easy to make at home with just a few ingredients. So why not give it a try today? Your taste buds will thank you!

Coffee Milkshake

Coffee Milkshake Recipe

This is more a method than a recipe as there are tons of options to make this your way. It came from the Maxwell house website.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Global
Calories 737 kcal


  • 1 cup double strength brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 pint softened ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter


  • Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • You could vary the ice cream using chocolate, vanilla, coffee, butter pecan or whatever your favorite is. You could also vary the add-in, instead of peanut butter use the same amount of chocolate syrup, caramel ice cream topping or even a couple of Oreo cookies (broken in half first-so they break up easier).

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Serving: 533gCalories: 737kcalCarbohydrates: 68.6gProtein: 17.6gFat: 45.2gSaturated Fat: 21.3gCholesterol: 116.2mgSodium: 362.8mgFiber: 3.8gSugar: 59g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Dessert, Easy, Peanut Butter, Shakes, Small Appliance, Sweet
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