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Vanilla Honey Sesame Milkshake

(recipe, Matthew Amster-Burton)

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Vanilla-bean ice cream — the kind with the little black specks in it — doesn't necessarily taste any better than regular vanilla ice cream, but it looks great in milkshakes. This recipe (adapted from Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes, by Adam Ried) is sized to work with a jar blender or stick blender; feel free to double it if you're using a jar blender.


  1. ½ cup cold milk (4 ounces)
  2. ⅛ tsp. vanilla extract
  3. ½ tsp. toasted sesame oil
  4. 1 Tbsp. honey
  5. 4 scoops (12 ounces) vanilla ice cream, softened until melty at the edges
  6. 2 chilled glasses


  1. Place the milk, vanilla extract, sesame oil, and honey in a blender and blend until well mixed, about 15 seconds. Add the ice cream and pulse to break up, stirring with a spatula as necessary, then blend until smooth, 30 to 90 seconds. Pour into the chilled glasses and serve immediately.