According to a recent study, Americans are drinking more coffee than ever — 64 percent of us have at least one cup a day. But what do you do in the summer time when it's too hot for your daily brew?

Get a coffee milkshake.

Friday, July 26, is National Coffee Milkshake Day.

According to Days of the Year, the milkshake was invented in 1885 and was more a beverage to consume at a saloon than an ice cream shop. It was an alcoholic drink made with eggs and whiskey. However, by the middle of the 20th century, milkshakes became what we know today: drinks made with ice cream, flavorings and syrup.

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As Americans became more coffee crazy toward the end of the century, baristas responded by offering coffee in the form of their beloved milkshake. Starbucks started selling the frappuccino in 1994 while Dairy Queen responded with the MooLatte coffee milkshake in 2004. Both have stood the test of time.

If you'd like to make your own coffee milkshake at home, try this.

Coffee Milkshake

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 2 cup cold-brewed coffee
  • 8 giant scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup, plus extra for drizzling
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • whipped cream


Blend the coffee, vanilla ice cream, ice and 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup together in a blender until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a couple splashes of milk to loosen it up, but in general you shouldn’t worry about it being too thick, as it will thin as it warms to room temperature anyway.

If it is too thin, on the other hand, add a little more ice cream and pulse to smooth out.

Pour the milkshake into one very large or glasses that you can coat with chocolate syrup if desired. Top with a very generous spoonful of whipped cream and drizzle with additional chocolate syrup. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Days of the Year

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Other holidays this week:

  • Monday, July 22: Rat Catcher Day
  • Tuesday, July 23: Vanilla Ice Cream Day
  • Wednesday, July 24: Tequila Day
  • Thursday, July 25: Chili Dog Day
  • Friday, July 26: Aunt and Uncle's Day
  • Saturday, July 27: Day of the Cowboy
  • Sunday, July 28: Waterpark Day