22 Sep // Milkshake, boys, yard, strawberries

In the immortal words of George and Paul and John and Ringo, it’s been a long, cold, lonely Winter. But just as the Beatles (and Belle and Sebastian here) famously sang, here comes the sun, hopefully, and along with it my just about favourite thing about the warmer months: summer fruit. We’ve already got some new season Aussie strawberries teasing us in the supermarket, and I for one am excited.

Keeping with the theme, the clever people at Lewis Road have added strawberry to their repertoire of excellently creamy ice creams and milks. It’s a true strawberry flavour, and the ice cream in particular is a strawberries-and-cream delight. They asked me to come up with a cocktail using their new goodies, which is basically my dream job.

I played around with the idea of a hard shake - a boozy milkshake with fresh strawberries added to the milk and the ice cream for a triple strawberry dose and plenty of flavour. I did the shoot in my backyard, and whilst this milkshake has thus far brought no boys to it, the sun is coming and I’m remaining optimistic.

 

Double strawberry hard shake

With Lewis Road Creamery Strawberry Milk and Strawberry ice cream

Makes 2

Ingredients

1 cup chopped fresh strawberries

2 generous scoops Lewis Road strawberry ice cream

75mls vodka

500mls Lewis Road strawberry milk

½ tsp good quality vanilla extract

30mls Aperol

150ml Lewis Road single cream, whipped

To garnish: freeze dried strawberries, fresh strawberries

Method

Blend all ingredients except cream in a blender until well combined.

Taste and adjust depending on your preferences:

  • You could increase the alcohol level slightly

  • You could add more ice cream for a thicker consistency

  • You could add more fresh strawberries for colour and flavour

Pour into a glass of you choice and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, freeze dried strawberries, crushed slightly, and a fresh strawberry on the side.

This makes a fun cocktail for a sunny afternoon, or an excellent alternative to dessert.