Strawberry basil milkshake

This strawberry basil milkshake is a grownup version of a classic.
Strawberry basil milkshake

There’s one very tragic and unfortunate thing about this milkshake.

It comes with a severe case of the Milkshake song getting stuck in your head for hours on end. And if you’re anything like me it goes something like this, “my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and they’re like, it’s better than yours”…repeat x54234756 because you have absolutely no idea what she says after that since you’re so preoccupied with how utterly annoying the song is in the first place.

There are two songs from this century so far that I absolutely, 100% cannot stand. Crazy by Gnarles Barkley (Gnarls? Is that even for real?) and Milkshake.

Thankfully, the actual milkshake was pretty damn good and worth the annoyance.

So far at least. It’s been about 18 hours, if it continues past 24 I have the right to revoke that statement.

Strawberry milkshake with basil

Milkshakes weren’t really my thing growing up. We didn’t have any Dairy Queens near me, just the hole in the wall local ice cream joint that was a once a week treat in the summer. I was way more of a vanilla cone with cherry dip or rainbow sprinkles kind of kid though than a milkshake one. If I was getting ice cream, I wanted to be able to SEE it, eat it, lick it, not drink it.

So my only memory of a milkshake is actually from college. It involved my two best college friends, a loooong happy hour at the Gingerbread Man with a few too many whiskey sours, a 2 mile walk to Dairy Queen where local neighborhood trash cans were picked up, put on our heads and moved down the street and a really delicious strawberry cheesecake milkshake of some sort.

The walk back also involved a sober friend with a car picking us up, people failing about on the sidewalks and passing out in bed by 9pm but that’s beside the point.

Strawberry and basil milkshake

We’ve grown up a bit since then. In fact, one of those friends had a baby two days ago, so I’d like to say that this is the grown up version of that milkshake too.

Although, I’d totally be game for happy hour and a few whiskey sours again.

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Strawberry Basil Milkshake

This strawberry basil milkshake is a grownup version of a classic.

1 hr, 2 Prep Time

1 hr, 2 Total Time

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  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup strawberry ice cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 leaves fresh basil, plus more for garnish


  1. Combine sliced strawberries and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a small bowl and freeze for at least an hour.
  2. Once frozen, combine with remaining ingredients in a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Garnish with chiffonade of basil and a small scoop of ice cream



  1. Julie @ Table for Two

    ugh, you suck. I was craving a milkshake/smoothie last night. in this exact flavor. and now you had to post it so it must mean i have to make it tonight or whenever i get myself a blender. or i can be ghetto and use my new food processor. who’s judging, anyway? and yes, immediately, first song that popped in my head…yeeeuppp. lovely! i remember far too many college days of drinking too much and being an idiot on the sidewalk. it’s so embarrassing looking back on it but hey, you live once!

  2. katie @KatieDid

    hahah hilarious memmories from college. We do some pretty similarly ridiculous things for food as well… like runs to the mall 20 minutes away at 9pm on a friday for auntie anne’s pretzels….. yeah. Anyways, this milkshake does sound dreamy, it reminds me of the super thick mcdonalds shakes that my brothers lovedddd growing up. The kind that are far too thick to even make it up the straw so you always end up opening the cap and drinking it down.

  3. Ebeth

    Yes we have definitely come a long way since then. Don’t tell all my secrets, I don’t want Carter to read about them one day ;)

  4. Margarita

    This looks so good! I like the basil addition. It reminds me of some fruity strawberry cocktail with basil. I would take a milkshake over some fancy cocktail anytime though and this is awesome! Your pictures are so pretty.

  5. Amanda

    I love the strawberry and basil combination, and this looks rich and creamy, without a ton of ice cream. I used to work at an ice cream shop in high school and was kind of horrified when I learned how much ice cream went into a milkshake. We’re talking a solid four or five heaping scoops, plus whole milk, plus syrup. No wonder they were so good. ;)

  6. Cait's Plate

    I don’t know what has me drooling more in this post, the strawberry milkshake or all that phenomenal natural light!! I think the milkshake wins by a hair…but JUST a hair… ;)

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I know, I’m so lucky that my house has awesome light. If we ever move that’s like #1 on the list. Well maybe #2 behind walk in closets…

      1. Cait's Plate

        It’s seriously the #1 thing on my list when I finally buy a home. I’ll trade you my walk-in closet for your natural light. Deal?!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I almost used mint instead of basil and then it totally would’ve been! Although if we take Cat’s advice we could turn it into an adult version ;)

  7. Deanna

    I’ve had a craving for milkshakes and I’ve been resisting, but I think you might have pushed me over the edge. And I would like to nominate ANYTHING by Ke$ha for most annoying songs of the century. She must have terrible teeth and a very rich dentist if she brushes her teeth with a bottle of Jack.

  8. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Oh no, not that song! Ahh, I hate it too. Love the milkshake. Although I’ve always been curious(but not enough to try) the strawberry basil combo. I see it being delicious but I’m still scared of it. Must try when I have some nice fresh basil :)

    1. Jessica

      The shake looks really good and while I agree that the Milkshake song is incredibly annoying, there is no way on earth I could justifiably put Crazy on the same level of annoying/suckiness as it. It’s not THAT bad.

  9. Elise Walsh

    I have to admit, I immediately put the Milkshake song on when I read this. My boyfriend is not pleased. Oh well, great recipe anyway- I AM SO EXCITED FOR SOME MILKSHAKES

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