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Sweet Cherry Vanilla Milkshake

Sweet cherry vanilla milkshake – as simple and delicious as it gets! No frills, no crazy toppings. Just milk, vanilla ice cream, sweet cherries. Yum.

(Have a boatload of fresh cherries? Make chocolate cherry bundt cake. An easy, delicious snacking cake but also so pretty you can serve it to company!)

Sweet Cherry Vanilla Milkshake

I love sweet cherries. I usually make roasted cherry choco chip ice cream but this year I chose to take the lazy simpler route and made cherry vanilla milkshake instead.

And lemme tell you. This milkshake brings the boys to my yard lol. Fresh, sweet, refreshing. Bursting with sweet cherry flavour. Takes all of 15 minutes to prepare too.

How to make sweet cherry vanilla milkshake

It’s really simple to make: take milk, ice cream and cherries. Blend. Slurp!

Sounds like my fresh mango mousse? Why, yes. My blender and I are usually BFFs during TUB’s No Bake Summer.

How’s your summer going so far? Splendidly I hope! Can you believe it’s August?! Anyway.

Related: Strawberry Mango Banana Smoothie

What’s the best kind of ice cream to use for milkshakes?

Sweet Cherry Vanilla Milkshake

Although it is very simple to make milkshakes, there is still some science behind making the perfect milkshake.

For example, what kind of ice cream do you like to use? Do you use the ice cream flavour of the milkshake you’re making? Next time, try opting for vanilla ice cream instead (I personally like using french vanilla for that added oomph.)

It’s a great base for all the mind-blowing milkshake flavours you’re cooking up. Making chocolate milkshake? Do vanilla ice cream + chocolate syrup or cocoa powder. Strawberry? Vanilla ice cream + frozen strawberries.

With vanilla ice cream, it’s hard to go wrong. And BTW, it’s best to soften your ice cream a little bit before scooping it into the blender vs. straight out of the fridge.

Related: How to Make No-Churn Ice Cream

What’s the perfect ratio of ice-cream and milk for milkshakes?

Sweet Cherry Vanilla Milkshake

Now how about the ratio of milk to ice cream? There is none. As master milkshake makers would tell you, it’s all about adjusting and re-adjusting according to taste and consistency.

Milkshakes are traditionally thick and creamy so you really only need very little milk. In this recipe, I put 1/4 cup and that’s considered a lot.

Remember: as the ice cream melts, your milkshake becomes runnier so try not to add too much milk if you think your milkshake is too thick. If you must, do so at about a teaspoon at a time.

And nope, don’t even think about adding cream. Unless you want to make butter in your blender!

Related: Easy Puff Pastry Cherry Hand Pies

Can I use frozen cherries?

Since I freeze the fresh cherries anyway, you may be wondering if you can use frozen cherries instead of fresh. Yes, absolutely. 

But again, since it’s summer and beautiful cherries are everywhere, go crazy with fresh cherries! I usually buy lots and lots when they’re in season and freeze some of them so I can enjoy them the whole year.

But this year, this summer, today, I am going to enjoy my cherry vanilla milkshake. Hope you do too. Cheers!

Sweet Cherry Vanilla Milkshake

Sweet Cherry Vanilla Milkshake

Author: Jolina
Sweet cherry vanilla milkshake – as simple and delicious as it gets! No frills, no crazy toppings. Just milk, vanilla ice cream, sweet cherries. Yum.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine North American
Servings 2 glasses
Calories 130 kcal


  • ¼ cup milk chilled
  • 3 heaping scoops vanilla ice cream softened just a little bit
  • 1 cup cherries pitted, halved and frozen


  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.



  1. You can substitute any kind of milk although full fat works best. If you need to add more milk, do so 1 teaspoon at a time (see my tips in the post).
  2. There are different sizes of ice cream scoops – start with 3 scoops and adjust from there.
  3. Freeze your fresh cherries and chill your milk at least 30 minutes before using them. 


Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 28mgPotassium: 386mgFiber: 2gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 190IUVitamin C: 9.7mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 0.5mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Easy, Refreshing, Summer
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Happy blending!

Did you make sweet cherry vanilla milkshake? What’s your favourite recipe from our No Bake Summer Series so far? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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Steve Keays

Friday 19th of June 2020

I use Organic Meadows Vanilla Ice Cream since it is the purest ice cream ,as good as Hagen Daz I think . I use frozen dark cherries ,maybe I will try fresh some time . I make different kinds of shakes every night but this is one of my favorites. Cherries just have an amazing flavor mixed with a subtle ice cream like vanilla ,so you really taste the cherry ! Just thought I would check to see if they were popular at all so Im glad to see they are !


Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Hi Steve! Glad to hear from a fellow cherry milkshake fan. This is really one of my favourites to make during cherry season. Hope you're having a fabulous summer!

Marisa Franca

Monday 20th of August 2018

Every year we are so excited about the fresh cherries being in season. We practically make ourselves sick eating them. They are just that good!! I can just imagine how good they are with ice cream and made into a milk shake. Wish I had some now!!


Friday 17th of August 2018

omg i would love some right now! it sounds so good, and the color is so pretty!


Thursday 16th of August 2018

HAHAHA....'brings the boys to the yard' - too funny! This does sound really delish though! Bought cherries the other day for $1.99 per deal yet. I'm on a constant search for the best cherry deal :D Perfect for the hot weather we've been having!


Friday 17th of August 2018

Hey Dawn! How's it going? That song's been in my head for a week lol. And whadyaknow, I bought cherries today for 1.99 a pound too! I'm so scared they're going to go away soon haha. Hope you're having a lovely summer my friend!


Thursday 16th of August 2018

Went cherrypicking some time back and the kids picked too much so I froze them and saw your recipe on pinterest. We made milkshakes yesterday and it was a hit. New favorite with the kids. Simple and delicous!


Friday 17th of August 2018

Happy to hear that Pam! Glad you and the kids liked it. Hope you're having a fab summer.