Sunday, June 24, 2012

Strawberry Milkshakes (and a giveaway!!!)


Earlier this month, I was invited to participate in the "Great Shakes 2012 Virtual Blog Party" to celebrate the paperback release of Adam Ried's book "Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes: 100 Classic and Contemporary Recipes."

I happen to love milkshakes (and really, who doesn't?) so I quickly agreed to join in, and anxiously awaited my copy of the book in the mail. I may have mentioned before that I love cookbooks, and tend to read them straight through like novels whenever I get a new one. I basically did the same for this book, and after drooling over creations like a Maple-Bacon Shake, and the Peach Shake with Brandy and Nutmeg, I settled on making an old classic - the Strawberry Shake.

Whenever I get a milkshake at a restaurant, I always opt for the strawberry version, and am usually disappointed by their lack of actual strawberry flavor. In the book, Adam Ried uses strawberry sorbet as a component of his strawberry shake recipe, and makes a point that oftentimes sorbet tastes more like actual strawberries than the fruit itself. Even when strawberries are in season, half the time they're shipped from 800 miles away, and just don't live up to their full potential. That is, unless you wake up at the bumcrack of dawn to go to a farmer's market and buy berries, which I do not.

I am please to report that this strawberry shake is the best shake I have ever had. It is super thick, and almost reminds me of a Wendy's Frosty in consistency (only like, 1,000 times more delicious.) There may be a straw in the photo, but I actually couldn't drink this through the straw until it got melty towards the end. Best of all, it is full of strawberry flavor, thanks to the author's brilliant idea to use sorbet. (Also, it's totally healthy because it is fruity and has tons of calcium. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.)
Now, for the giveaway! (Update: Congrats to the winner, Lianna!) The nice people at W.W. Norton & Company were awesome enough to agree to give away a copy of "Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes" to one of you!

To enter, just leave any comment below, with a valid email address so that I can contact you if you win, by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2012. I love you all, but only U.S. readers are eligible for this giveaway! One entry per person, please.

Lastly, if you're interested in learning more about this book & chatting with the author, join me & the rest of the participants in a Twitter party tomorrow (Monday) night - just follow the hashtag #GreatShakes at 8 p.m. EST to join in!

Disclosure: This giveaway is provided to you by W.W. Norton & Company. I received a copy of this book free of charge, but was not monetarily compensated for this review or giveaway. All opinions, as always, are my own!

Here's what you'll need to make 2 strawberry shakes:

1/2 cup cold whole or low-fat milk
2 tablespoons strawberry jam or preserves
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 14-ounce container strawberry ice cream, softened 'til just melty at edges
1 14-ounce container strawberry sorbet, softened 'til just melty at edges

Add the milk, jam, and lemon juice to a blender, and blend about 15 seconds, until mixed thoroughly. Add the ice cream and sorbet, and pulse several times to start breaking them up. With the blender turned off, use a flexible spatula to mash the mixture down onto the blades. Continue pulsing, stopping, and mashing until the mixture is well blended, thick, and moves freely in the blender jar - about 30-90 seconds. Add another splash of milk if necessary to adjust the consistency. Pour into glasses, top with whipped cream if desired, and serve immediately.

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Source: Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes: 100 Thick and Creamy Shakes You Can Make at Home

36 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE milkshakes! This strawberry one looks great!

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    1. Oh, and you will be able to contact me through my blog page if I win. Thanks so much for doing this giveaway!

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  2. I begin each day with a milkshake! Strawberry is my favorite kind! This looks absolutely fantastic! :)

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  3. I love the presentation in the Mason Jar and that hot pink straw!

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  4. Yum! I love the idea of using sorbet in a fruit milkshake. What a good way to get that extra boost of fruit flavor (even in the middle of winter when good fresh fruit is nowhere to be found!)

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  5. I love milkshakes! And how cute is that one at the top of the post? Love it.

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  6. oh yummy! Who doesnt love a good milkshake?

    uclangel422 at yahoo dot com

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  7. oh yum, your milkshake looks fantastic! i love strawberry milkshakes but i don't think i've ever made one at home. must try this recipe soon! amy@fearlesshomemaker.com

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  8. Yum! Who doesn't love milkshakes?! These look great.

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  9. Yummy! love milkshakes!

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  10. I've been checking out the different blogs that are participating in this, and I'm certain that you have picked the best shake to feature. I would love to have a copy of this book to try all of the different shakes.

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  11. OMG!! I just tried this recipe today! Absolutely outrageous! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. Sadly, I'm allergic to strawberries, but it looks delicious nonetheless! :)

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  13. This is such an exciting giveaway! Milkshakes are so wonderful in the summer!
    lisa . walsh 09 (at) gmail . com

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  14. I am really looking forward to try this!! I might even make a video for my upcoming vlog!!! or blog I dont know! ajsoccerfan203@cox.net

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  15. strawberry are my favorite also - and i agree w/ you that they are never very good when you get them out. i never thought about the sorbert - will have to try that.

    fruitcrmble AT comcast DOT net

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  16. My father would love this recipe...it looks delicious! Thank you!

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  17. mmm nothing beats a good smoothie on a hot summer day! great recipe :)

    that's gotta be a great cookbook to have.. shaywiz@comcast.net

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  18. A milkshake is a huge treat for me but when I have them I really try to make em last :) Yours looks fab!!
    nice post

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  19. That milkshake looks fantastic! And a whole cookbook dedicated to delicious milkshakes is awesome. clair.marie.tonteur@gmail.com

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  20. Ah!!!! wrong email!!! It's actually...
    claire.marie.tonteur@gmail.com

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  22. When I was little, my dad would always get my brother, sister, and I milkshakes from checkers on the way home from church on Sundays. My sister and brother always decided on chocolate, but for some reason, strawberry always appealed to me. Today, I could never turn down an offer of a chocolate milkshake, but there's still a gap in my heart that longs to be filled with thick, strawberry milkshake. If this were the milkshake I were choosing over chocolate, I'm certain I would have no regrets! (Mmm!)
    - Gwen

    [girlxbakesh@gmail.com]

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  23. sounds like a great strawberry shake recipe. i was craving a shake recently and went to steak and shake on broadway. i love thick shakes and they didn't disappoint!

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  24. I love milkshakes!! My favorite as a kid was strawberry with chopped peanuts mixed in. So good!

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  25. I am going to make these for my dads birthday on sunday (83 years old!) he loves strawberry. Neat idea using sorbet. Orange sorbet would be good too! dreamsicle flavor. sduffy55@hotmail.com

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  26. Wow that sounds so good.. very refreshing for hot summer days! chefl@swbell.net

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  27. This does sound good! I love milkshakes.

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  28. That milkshake looks great! And great giveaway!

    thenovicehousewifeblog[at]gmail[dot]com

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  29. This milkshake looks absolutely delicious! What a perfect summer treat!

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  30. Is there such a thing as a cherry milkshake? I'd love that!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  31. That looks like a beautiful shake, and I love how you styled it! I'll have to get my hands on a copy of this book.

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  32. Strawberry is totally my favorite too!

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  33. I love a good, cold milk shake in the summer and this seems perfect!

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  34. Looks delish! And perfect for the 100+ temps here. Thank you for sharing a great resource.

    lspring@k12albemarle.org

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  35. I love your plastic baggie idea! Brilliant.

    I hope you get your power back soon!

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