How to make the perfect Mocha Milkshake

Greetings coffee lovers!

As a barista, I am aware of the importance of a good cup of coffee – one that awakens your senses and tantalizes your taste buds. If you’re tired of the same old routine, I have just the recipe to spice things up! Introducing my Mocha Milkshake recipe – a classic coffee milkshake with a twist.

This heavenly drink is perfect for any occasion. Whether you are entertaining guests or simply craving something sweet after a long day, this mocha milkshake will not disappoint. With just a few simple steps and ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen, my Mocha Milkshake recipe is easy to make and indulgent.

Not only does this recipe deliver on taste, but it also offers variety – there are substitutions and variations to suit different dietary needs and preferences, from sugar-free to vegan options. Plus, it’s versatile, which means if you want an extra boost to start your morning, you can turn it into an iced coffee by swapping out ice cream for brewed coffee.

So dust off your blender and get ready to give your taste buds a treat they won’t soon forget. Join me in trying out this tantalizing Mocha Milkshake recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Milkshake
Mocha Milkshake

Are you craving a refreshing and indulgent treat, but can’t decide between coffee and chocolate? Well, look no further! This mocha milkshake recipe is the perfect combination of rich chocolate and bold coffee flavors. Trust me, you won’t be able to resist this heavenly drink.

What sets this recipe apart from other milkshake recipes is the use of instant coffee, which gives the shake a strong coffee flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of ice cream and cocoa powder. The addition of 2% low-fat milk not only adds a creamy texture but also cuts back some of the calories commonly found in milkshakes.

But don’t worry, just because this shake is a bit healthier doesn’t mean it skimps on taste. The use of vanilla extract and chocolate syrup brings out the flavors of the shake, while whipped cream and chocolate curls give it that fancy touch that everyone loves.

And for all those vegans out there, fear not because this recipe can also be made dairy-free by using non-dairy alternatives such as almond or oat milk and vegan ice cream. Everyone can enjoy this delectable drink!

So whether you’re hosting a summer party or just want to treat yourself after a long day, this mocha milkshake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth while giving you that jolt of energy you need. So why wait? Go ahead and try this recipe today – you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this creamy Mocha Milkshake!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this creamy Mocha Milkshake!

Here is a complete list of ingredients for this Mocha Milkshake Recipe. Make sure to prepare them all before starting with the recipe.

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup 2% low-fat milk
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 tbsp warm water
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1-2 cups ice cubes
  • 3-4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate sauce
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream, chocolate curls, extra chocolate syrup

These ingredients are easily accessible and can be found at any supermarket or convenience store. Be mindful of the quality of your ingredients as they can affect the overall taste and consistency of your milkshake.

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge in every sip of this heavenly chocolate and espresso blend.
Indulge in every sip of this heavenly chocolate and espresso blend.

Now, let’s dive into the main event – crafting a delicious mocha milkshake. This recipe is a classic for a reason- creamy vanilla ice cream paired with flavorful coffee and luscious chocolate creates an explosion of tasty goodness in your mouth. Here’s how I make it:

Step by Step to Heaven
Step 1: Brew and Mix

  1. Brew 1 cup of strong coffee (preferably dark roast) and add 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar to it.
  2. Mix 2 cups of vanilla ice cream, ¼ cup of 2% low-fat milk, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa.
  3. Add the coffee mixture to the blended ingredients.

Step 2: Blend

  1. Pour the above mixture in a blender.
  2. Add 1-2 handfuls of ice cubes for a thicker shake.
  3. Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Serve

  1. Pour the shake into serving glasses.
  2. Top each glass with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
  3. You can even throw on some delicious chocolate curls for that extra oomph!
  4. Serve immediately before it gets too melty.

There you have it! A simple yet delicious recipe that is perfect for any weather or occasion. Keep experimenting and making your own twist to this classic recipe, maybe even try adding some peanut butter or banana for those extra flavors.

Enjoy your homemade mocha milkshake from the comfort of your own home, or if you’re feeling fancy, serve it up at my cafe!

Substitutions and Variations

 A perfect pick-me-up for a hot summer day!
A perfect pick-me-up for a hot summer day!

Are you craving a mocha milkshake but need some flexibility with the ingredients? Fear not! Here are some easy substitutions to tailor your recipe to your taste preferences and dietary needs.

For a dairy-free option, use almond or soy milk and coconut ice cream instead of 2% low-fat milk and vanilla ice cream. You can also substitute unsweetened cocoa powder for chocolate syrup to cut down on sugar.

If you want to add more flavor to your mocha milkshake, consider adding half a banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter, or a drizzle of dark chocolate on top. These additions will give your shake a thick and creamy texture with extra indulgent flavors.

In need of healthier options without compromising the taste? Try using sugar-free syrup or eliminating it altogether in place of cocoa powder. Likewise, you can swap the ice cream with frozen bananas or Greek yogurt along with some honey or agave nectar.

For an English spin on the recipe, try adding a splash of vanilla extract into your blended mix. Alternatively, coffee granules could be replaced by freshly brewed coffee beans for an even richer taste with a nice caffeine boost.

No matter what variation you choose, this mocha milkshake will surely satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. So get creative and play around with the recipe until you find your perfect shake combination!

Serving and Pairing

 Give your taste buds a treat with this decadent milkshake.
Give your taste buds a treat with this decadent milkshake.

Welcome back, folks! Now that you’ve created a delectable milkshake, the question is- how best to serve yourself? I’ve got your back there too, so let’s dig into serving and pairing!

When it comes to serving a mocha milkshake, nothing beats a chilled glass mug. It not only keeps the milkshake cool but also looks eye-catching. Before pouring the milkshake into the glass, make sure it is properly chilled too. You can either have it as it is or decorate the rim of the glass with chocolate syrup and sprinkles. Wouldn’t that look fancy?

Now onto pairing- think dark chocolate or peanut butter cookies since they complement the flavors of chocolate beautifully. If you’re feeling more indulgent, go for a toasted bagel with almond cream cheese.

If you want to skip traditional variants, try some of these unique combinations. How about two scoops of vanilla ice cream in your milkshake topped with dark chocolate sauce, whipped topping, and chocolate curls? If you’re health-conscious, add some banana or apple smoothie to make it even healthier. For those who prefer a coffee punch, make iced coffee cubes and blend them with your milkshake mix.

For those who seek an extra level of decadence, add some whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of cocoa powder to finish it off.

In conclusion, feel free to customize your mocha shake in any way that makes you happy. After all, it’s all about enjoying yourself!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect balance of coffee, chocolate, and ice cream.
The perfect balance of coffee, chocolate, and ice cream.

I know that sometimes, you don’t have the time to make a milkshake on the go – life can get really busy! That’s why I want to share with you my tips for make-ahead, storing, and reheating so you can enjoy the perfect Mocha Milkshake anytime you need it.

First of all, let me tell you that this milkshake is best when it’s freshly made. However, you can make it ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. If you want to keep it longer than that, I recommend freezing it in an ice cream container or individual freezer-safe cups.

When reheating your Mocha Milkshake, I suggest taking it out of the freezer at least 10 minutes before enjoying. This will give enough time for it to thaw slightly on the counter or refrigerator. If you’re in a rush, blast your milkshake for about 15 seconds in a microwave-safe cup or bowl or blend it with some fresh ice cubes, and voila – your perfect Mocha Milkshake is ready!

Keep in mind that if you choose to store or freeze the milkshake, it may be slightly thicker when defrosted. Don’t worry – simply add a little bit of milk and blend until it reaches your desired consistency.

Lastly, I suggest garnishing your Mocha Milkshake with whipped cream and chocolate sauce before serving. Yum! This easy-to-make milkshake can be dairy-free by swapping out the milk and ice cream with dairy alternatives such as almond, soy or coconut milk.

Now that you know my tips for make-ahead, storing and reheating this delicious beverage, take some time to whip up a batch at home. You won’t regret having this creamy and chocolaty treat on hand whenever you need a quick sweet fix!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get your daily caffeine fix with this milkshake infused with espresso.
Get your daily caffeine fix with this milkshake infused with espresso.

A great mocha milkshake has the power to brighten up your day, but a mediocre one can leave you disappointed. Here are some tips to help you make the perfect mocha milkshake recipe every time:

1. Use quality ingredients: The key to making a delicious mocha milkshake is using quality ingredients. Choose a good brand of chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, and coffee granules. If possible, use 2% low-fat milk and high-quality vanilla ice cream.

2. Brew strong coffee: Add instant coffee granules to warm water and stir to dissolve them fully. This step will help you achieve a rich coffee flavor in the milkshake.

3. Add ice cream and milk at the right ratio: In general, you should use two cups of vanilla ice cream and one cup of milk for a thick and creamy mocha shake. However, feel free to adjust these measurements based on your preference.

4. Blend in stages: To avoid ending up with a lumpy smoothie or an overworked blender motor, add the ingredients in stages instead of dumping everything into the blender at once. First, blend just the ice cream and coffee until smooth before adding any other ingredients.

5. Customize with toppings: To make your mocha milkshake fancy or indulgent, add whipped cream, chocolate curls, peanut butter, or various syrups like dark chocolate or sugar-free flavors.

6. Serve immediately: Mocha milkshakes are best served immediately after blending when they are thick and creamy.

By following these simple tips, your mocha milkshake will become a go-to treat that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home or at my cafe!


As a barista, I often come across people with questions about coffee and milkshake recipes. I understand how confusing it can be to get new recipes right. That’s why, in this section, I will answer some frequently asked questions about the mocha milkshake recipe to help you make the perfect shake every time. Let’s dive in!

How does Dairy Queen make chocolate milkshakes?

Welcome to our signature shake – a rich blend of chocolate, creamy vanilla, and whipped topping to top it off. Our team takes pride in the art of hand-blending our velvety soft serve until it reaches the perfect, thick consistency. Our standout ingredient is the classic flavor of our DQ ® soft serve, which adds that extra touch of sweetness to each sip. Lastly, we finish it with a swirl of whipped topping to create the ultimate indulgence.

What is a mocha milkshake made of?

Alright, let’s whip up a scrumptious milkshake that’s sure to delight your taste buds! Start by grabbing your blender and tossing in some ice cream, chocolate bits, coffee, and a dash of vanilla extract. Blitz it all together until it’s silky and smooth. Next, grab a milkshake glass and pour in the mixture. Finally, add some chocolate curls as a garnish to elevate the decadence factor. You’ve got yourself a delicious treat that’s perfect for a warm day!

Does a mocha shake have coffee?

To create a creamy and flavorful coffee beverage, we will start by blending together some coffee, milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Once that mixture is combined, we’ll add in some ice cream and syrup to elevate the sweetness and texture. Blend everything together until it’s perfectly smooth, and you’ll have a delicious treat to enjoy.

What is the secret of a good milkshake?

Making a milkshake requires a bit of finesse when it comes to the balance between ice cream and milk. A helpful tip is to prepare the ice cream beforehand by letting it sit at room temperature until it softens, taking care not to let it become too liquidy. This will aid in avoiding adding too much milk to the mixture.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, I highly recommend trying this mocha milkshake recipe, which is sure to satisfy all your cravings for a delicious coffee-flavored treat. Not only is it easy to make, but it also offers a number of substitutions and variations for those with dietary restrictions or preferences.

Whether you prefer a classic diner-style milkshake or a thick and fancy triple chocolate shake, this recipe can be tailored to your liking. You can also make it healthier by using sugar-free alternatives, vegan ingredients, or adding in some fruit like banana or apple.

So why not step up your milkshake game and try making the ultimate mocha milkshake at home? With the simple step-by-step instructions, tips for perfect results, and creative variations, you’ll be enjoying this decadent treat in no time. And who knows – maybe you’ll love it so much that it becomes a regular stop at your very own “my cafe”. So go ahead – indulge in this delicious treat and you won’t regret it!

Mocha Milkshake

Mocha Milkshake Recipe

Also from the IGA booklet. My entire family enjoyed this one. I can safely say that this is a must have drink for the summer.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Calories 140.9 kcal


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1 cup 2% low-fat milk
  • 4 cups dutch chocolate frozen yogurt
  • 2 ounces coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 1 ounce chocolate


  • Combine all ingredients, except chocolate, in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into tall glasses.
  • Shave chocolate using a grater and spoon onto milkshake for garnish.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 119gCalories: 140.9kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3.3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3.1gCholesterol: 4.9mgSodium: 29.4mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 14.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Beverages, Easy, Smoothies
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