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a cherry milkshake on a gray plate and table with cherries next to it
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5 from 12 votes

Fresh Cherry Milkshakes

A wonderful, fruity dessert!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Plus marinating time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Paige


  • 2 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate (60% cocao)
  • 3 tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 3 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 ½ cups Cherries, fresh or frozen, pitted plus extra for garnish
  • 1 ½ ounces Brandy optional
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • cup Whipped Topping, for garnish


    Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it bubbles and simmers and is heated all the way through but not boiling.
    Place the chocolate squares in a small heat-proof bowl. Pour the warm cream over the top. Let this sit for five minutes, then whisk it together with a fork or whisk until smooth.
  • IF USING BRANDY IN THIS RECIPE: Place the pitted cherries in a medium-sized bowl and pour the brandy on top, stir it together and let the mixture sit for 30 minutes to marinate.
    Otherwise, just proceed with the recipe and skip this step of brandy soaking.
    Place the ice cream, cherries, milk, honey and almond extract in a blender, process on high speed until smooth. Add a bit more honey for sweetness or more milk if too thick at this point.
    Divide the chocolate ganache in spoon fulls on the bottom on of your serving glasses. Pour the cherry milkshake over the top.
    Add 1/3 cup of whipped topping and another cherry to garnish


  • I used Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate baking bar (squares) for this recipe
  • You can leave the alcohol out of this shake completely...delicious both ways!
  • You can make this recipe into 2 larger servings instead of 4, or double the recipe for 8 servings
  • Use best-quality vanilla ice cream here, you won't regret it :)
  • Shakes too thick?  Add a little more milk!
  • You can swap regular ice cream, milk, heavy cream and whipped topping for non-dairy versions of each in this recipe


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 486mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 736IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 1mg