Monday, August 19, 2013

a cherry cordial milkshake . . . and the scoop on milkshakes



My husband introduced me to Cherry Cordial Milkshakes several years ago, and I've been their biggest fan ever since.

Have you had one?




They're not only pretty to look at with their tainted pink hue and bits of bright red maraschino cherries and pieces of rich, brown chocolate . . . but they taste quite delicious too.

I thought it would be fun to make Cherry Cordial milkshakes for my family over the weekend. 

There's something special about this delightful any-time dessert. 

Maybe it's . . .  
               the combination of creamy vanilla ice cream, sweetened with pieces of sweet 
                                        maraschino cherries and rich chocolate, 
                          or that my husband introduced me to it while we were dating, 
           or because Cherry Cordial milkshakes remind me of Shirley Temples
                        which I also love. 

Whatever the reason, I had so much fun sharing this simple dessert that I love with my kids.

And based on their big, sweet smiles . . . I think they like this milkshake as much as I do!


Cherry Cordial Milkshake

2 scoops of high-quality vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2  Tablespoons chopped maraschino cherries
1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped chocolate
Makes 1 serving

Pulse ice cream and milk in blender, until smooth.
Pour into glass, add cherries and chocolate. Stir.
Garnish with a sprinkling of chocolate bits and a whole maraschino cherry
Add a cute paper straw. 

Enjoy!




 ~ I use Ghirardelli dark chocolate ~


~ and rich, creamy vanilla bean ice cream ~


I'm sure that you would agree that it's not difficult to make a good milkshake, but there are a few secrets to making a great one.

 Here's the scoop . . .

Milk shakes really only require a few simple ingredients . . . milk and ice cream.

When making milkshakes, blend the flavorings (like extracts & syrups) into the milk, 
and then add the ice cream
This allows the flavors to disburse fully in the final mix.

When it comes to the ice cream, go for quality
If you buy cheap-tasting ice cream, your milk shake will reflect that flavor. 
But if you stick to something of higher quality and with flavor that you love, 
the milk shake will be so much better.

As for the milk to ice cream ratio, it really depends on how you like your shake. 
If you like your milk shake thinner, use ¼ cup milk for 1 cup of ice cream. 
But for a thicker shake, double the ice cream, keeping the milk at ¼ cup.


So what's your favorite kind of milkshake?





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39 comments:

  1. Yum! I love cherries and chocolate together... cherry ripe is one of my guilty pleasures :) I'd love this in milkshake form. Sounds divine! Thanks lovely x

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    1. Hi Laura!
      So happy you came by!
      A cherry ripe?? Is it something I can read more about on your blog?
      Have a great weekend,
      Suzanne

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  2. Oh goodness this milkshake looks delicious! Definitely can't wait to try this!

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    1. Hi Pamela!
      Thanks for coming by!
      It's so good! Can't wait for you to try it too :0)
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  3. Suzanne, when I was young, I adored cherry ice cream. However, I am more excited about this recipe, because we have a Cherry Blossom festival in my city every year. This would be the perfect thing to serve, during the festival. Thanks so much for sharing this!!

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    1. Hi Diane!

      Thank you so much for coming by!
      I'm excited for you to try this shake. It's so so so good!
      Have fun at the Cherry Festival!
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  4. Oh this looks so yummy. Thanks for the "scoop". Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Hi Marty!

      It's always nice to see you.
      Thanks for coming by!
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  5. This looks delis, your pics made my mouth water

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    1. Thanks, Patti!

      I hope you get the chance to try this milkshake!
      You'll love it!
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  6. I can;t say I have ever had one, but they sure look GOOD!!! Thanks so much for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays

    Hope to see you next week.

    ~Heather

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    1. Hi Heather!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Diana!
      Come by again soon :0)
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  8. This reminds me of Black Forest milkshakes I used to have with my dad as a kid. I've noticed that around these parts those come with chocolate ice-cream which is not my favorite, so apparently I need to make myself some of these cherry cordial milkshakes!
    Sarah

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    1. Hi Sarah!

      Thanks for coming by!
      I loved reading your comment about sharing a similar milkshake with your dad as a kid. I would love to try a Blackforest Milkshake (I"m a HUGE chocolate fan!!).
      What I LOVE about this milkshake is that the vanilla ice cream has such a mild flavor, that it allows the sweet maraschino cherries and rich chocolate chunks to shine :0)
      I think you'd really like this milkshake, and hope you give it a try.
      Have a great week!
      Come back soon,
      Suzanne

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  9. This milkshake sounds awesome! I love maraschino cherries and chocolate! Going to make this soon, very soon! Ans thanks for the tip on the ice cream to milk ratio. Pinned

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    1. Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for coming by!
      Sound like you're going to love this milkshake as much as I do!
      It's soooooo good!
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  10. This looks awesome! I have to make this for my mom some time, I can't see anything with chocolate and cherries without thinking about her. Thank you for sharing this with the Less Laundry, More Linking party.

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    1. Hi Brenna!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      I loved reading your sweet comment. I sure hope you're able to make it for your mom the next time you two get together. I think she'll absolutely enjoy it!
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  11. One of my favorite ice cream flavors is Cherry Vanilla so I know I would love this ice cream. I also think chocolate is the best so this recipe is singing to me right now.

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    1. Hi Teresa!

      Thanks so much for coming by!
      I hope you give this milkshake a try over this long weekend.
      I just know you'll enjoy it :0)
      Have a great day,
      Suzanne

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  12. I have to say I'm personally not a huge fan of milkshakes. It goes back to a bad childhood experience of consuming a huge chocolate thickshake just before a very rough ferry crossing - need I say more?! Haven't been able to face a milkshake since, but I could almost make an exception for one of these - cherries and chocolate being one of my favourite flavour combos.

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  13. Dear Couscous & Consciousness,

    Thanks for stopping by!
    I enjoyed reading your comment. It's a bummer how a childhood stomach upset can affect one's eating habits over the years.
    I'm incredibly flattered that my Cherry Cordial Shake brought you here. When you get up enough nerve to try it - I know that you'll really enjoy it! I love that it's light and flavorful, with pops of cherry and chocolate yumminess!
    Again, thanks for stopping by.
    Please come again soon.
    Have a beautiful weekend,
    Suzanne

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  14. This looks so creamy and delicious! I would love one of these right about now. Your pics are fabulous, by the way!

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    1. Thanks, Marcie!
      I hope you give it a try this weekend ;0)
      Thanks for coming by!
      Suzanne

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  15. Cherries are my absolute favorite! I will have to try these. Pinning this for sure.
    Melissa
    http://www.lovebugliving.com

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    1. Hi Melissa!
      I have a crazy weakness for chocolate and maraschino cherries . . . and they taste amazing in this shake! I hope you give it a try soon :0)
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  16. I'm a lemon girl, but right now I would really enjoy a generous serving of chocolate and cherry.

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    1. Hi Ms Lemon!
      So happy you came by!
      I hope you give this a try soon ;0)
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  17. Suzanne, this sounds delicious! I love Cherry Cordial candy bars so I will be trying this! Ever since I was a child I have loved a fresh banana shake. One with chunks of bananas. No fake flavoring. Thanks for sharing with SYC. Pinned.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi Jann!

      Always happy when you come by :0)
      I haven't tried a banana shake, but paired with chocolate ice cream . . . I think it would be quite yummy!
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  18. Suzanne I've never had a cherry cordial before but I'm trying this one for sure! Pinning to my Have a Drink Board! Thank you so much for sharing it, came to you via Twigg Studios. Have a great memorial day weekend, Lizy

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    1. Hi Lizabeth!

      Thanks so much for coming by!
      If you haven't had maraschino cherries and chocolate together ~ then you must!
      It's such a yummy treat :0)
      Come again soon.
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  19. Yum, this looks and sounds amazing! Can't wait to try it :)

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  20. You're making me so hungry!... or should I be thirsty? Maybe a little of both. ;)

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    1. HI Becca!

      You make me laugh!
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  21. All I can say is YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM!!!!! By the way I am smiling when I am saying it!!!! : ) Hugs and TFS!

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  22. This looks amazing! I like chocolate covered cherries, but I think I would love the flavor even more blended up in a milkshake! Hope you'll share this at my Creative Ways Link Party too!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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