Milkshakes have been a favored treat for generations. The first frosty beverages contained whiskey mixed into a concoction similar to eggnog. They first appeared in 1885 and were served primarily to people in poor health. The whiskey shakes quickly became popular as a dessert or novelty treat. The mixed whiskey drinks were made in cocktail shakers, which is why they were called "milkshakes." Milkshakes with syrup, milk, and ice originated in the early 1900s. The rise of diners in America launched milkshakes into popular culture. The endless combinations of ingredients available today make for delicious and unique milkshakes.
The milkshakes we have today are made with an astonishing variety of ingredients and preparation methods. They are a staple menu item in coffee shops, cafes, ice cream parlors, fast food franchises, upscale dining establishments, and even convenience stores. Milkshakes can be made to fit any diet or preference, and they do not always have to contain milk.
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