This cold and creamy coffee milkshake is made easy with just 3 simple ingredients and a blender. It’s the perfect summer treat for a coffee lover and ice cream lover alike!
Coffee and ice cream come together in the most perfect way. Add a dash of milk and you’ve got the easiest way to enjoy a refreshing milkshake all summer long. Make a few quick swaps to the flavor of ice cream and omit the caffeine for a kid-friendly version!
A Fancy Homemade Coffee Milkshake (on a budget!)
There’s nothing better than indulging in a delicious cold treat on a hot summer day. I like to make this coffee milkshake when I’m craving a little something decadent but don’t want to wait in a coffee shop line up or pay a crazy amount of money for something I can make at home! This espresso milkshake definitely hits the spot on all fronts.
It’s a blend of just 3 simple ingredients, espresso, coffee ice cream, and milk giving it the ultimate coffee flavor with a thick creamy milkshake feel! It’s like the perfect adult version of your favorite childhood treat. So, whether you’re a coffee-lover, an ice cream lover, or both, sipping on one of these babies will become your favorite way to get your afternoon pick me up!
National Coffee Milkshake Day on July 26th is actually a thing! So save this recipe, and save your dollars, because this is the best homemade coffee milkshake you’ll ever have. And that’s definitely something to celebrate!
Why we love this coffee milkshake recipe
- Super simple to make with just 3 ingredients.
- A quick and easy way to satisfy a sweet craving.
- A refreshing cold treat on a hot day.
- You can make as much or as little as you’d like
- It’s customizable so you can swap out ice cream flavors to suit your tastes.
- Can make it kid-friendly with a few substitutions.
- Budget-friendly relative to anything store-bought!
- It is delicious, thick, and creamy. All the things we love about a milkshake!
- Coffee ice cream – A yummy ice cream that can also be eaten on its own!
- Coffee or espresso – You can use either, as long as it’s cold. Espresso typically has less caffeine than your regular cup of coffee.
- Whole milk – Can substitute with other milk, keeping in mind it may not be as rich.
How to Make this Milkshake
This recipe will come together in 2 easy steps! Seriously, that’s it. You’ll be enjoying this milkshake in just a minute!
Place all 3 ingredients in a blender.
Blend on high speed until fully combined.
Pour into your serving glass and garnish with optional whipped cream or chocolate syrup if desired.
1: Although using coffee ice cream gives the most robust flavor, you can substitute scoops of vanilla ice cream for a milder coffee flavor.
2. Substitute chocolate ice cream or add a tablespoon of cocoa powder for a coffee chocolate milkshake.
3. Substitute low-fat or fat-free milk or non-dairy milk like soy milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or almond milk if preferred.
4. Make a coffee milkshake without ice cream by swapping the ice cream for 2 cups of ice, an additional one cup of milk and ¼ cup sugar.
- Top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or caramel syrup.
- Use 2 tablespoons of any instant coffee powder if you don’t have brewed coffee already on hand.
- Use refrigerated cold brew or cold coffee that you brewed earlier in the day for extra convenience.
- Add 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup or a ½ cup of chocolate chips for a coffee chocolate milkshake
- Add 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup for a caramel coffee milkshake.
- Use decaffeinated coffee if desired.
There are a few ways you can go about thickening up your milkshake. Usually, some crushed ice cubes will do the trick. Sort of the same way throwing frozen fruit into a smoothie thickens it up. You could also swap the milk for whipping cream or half and half. And of course, you could opt for more ice cream!
If you’re thinking about using non-dairy milk, try almond, coconut, cashew, oat, or soy milk. Each will give it a slightly different flavor, but it still works!
Easily! You’ll need to soften your ice cream a bit in the microwave, using a microwave safe jar, then mix together with remaining ingredients. It won’t be as cold, thick, and luxurious as a regular milkshake, but the flavors will all be there.
- 1 pint coffee ice cream
- ¼ cup coffee or espresso cold
- ¼ cup whole milk
- Place all three ingredients in a blender.
- Blend on high speed until thoroughly combined.
- Enjoy immediately with optional toppings like whipped cream and/or chocolate syrup.
Use vanilla ice cream instead of coffee ice cream. Add 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup or a ½ cup of chocolate chips for a mocha coffee milkshake.